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bill de blasio
November 30, 2017
Richard Buery, architect of New York City’s massive pre-K expansion, is leaving City Hall
The deputy mayor also oversaw the creation of 215 "community schools" and smoothed over tensions with the charter sector.
November 29, 2017
Success CEO Eva Moskowitz rejects building space city offers her schools, calling it inadequate
Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz said the city’s offer of building space for her schools fell woefully short.
races to run schools
November 3, 2017
Education is on the ballot in 2017 — here’s what to watch for and why it matters
Education is on the ballot on Tuesday. It’s an off-year election, but that means school board and mayoral contests are especially likely to be on the ballot.
October 23, 2017
Want your Brooklyn school to go meatless on Mondays? Here’s your chance.
"Cutting back a little on meat will help make our city healthier and our planet stronger."
October 17, 2017
‘This levels the playing field’: How New York City is trying to get more high school students to apply to college
“More students are saying I want to go to college."
recipe for success
October 16, 2017
Eva Moskowitz looks back at her turn away from district schools, as she plans for 100 schools of her own
That transformation, she says, didn’t come from “reading Milton Friedman,” the free-market economist, but rather through a series of “practical encounters."
October 5, 2017
These 25 New York City schools could face closure or state takeover this year — but most probably won’t
“The fact that the city is being a bit more vocal about shutting down struggling schools may make it seem like less of a priority for the state."
on the move
September 26, 2017
Will Carmen Fariña close this turnaround school in Queens? ‘No, no, no.’
Fariña assured once-struggling August Martin High School that it's safe. Other turnaround schools are still awaiting their verdicts.
a chalkbeat cheat sheet
September 17, 2017
In new memoir, Eva Moskowitz offers a look behind the curtain at Success Academy — and tries to reshape her reputation
It’s clear that the goal for Moskowitz, who runs New York City’s largest, most controversial network of charter schools, is not just score-settling.
Lunch is served
September 12, 2017
Now that lunch is free for all New York City students: How many will eat it?
The projected increase is less than some advocates anticipated.
September 7, 2017
From a preschool to a struggling school, Mayor de Blasio helps city kick off a new school year
Dispatches from the mayor and chancellor's citywide school tour on the first day of the 2017-18 academic year.
End of an era
August 9, 2017
New York City to bring high-profile Teaching Fellows program in-house, ending role for nonprofit TNTP
The decision follows a similar plan to move training for aspiring principals in-house.
change over time
August 9, 2017
Why do New York City educators not get paid family leave? A teacher’s petition reignites a fight
Teachers union members must use their own accrued sick days to take time off after having a child.
August 8, 2017
Critics say NYC’s progressive mayor isn’t doing enough to integrate schools. Here’s why he might be dragging his feet.
It was summer of 2016, and a school rezoning fight was raging on the Upper West Side. The battle over where…
3-K for All
July 27, 2017
New York City has sent its first offer letters for 3-K for All. Here’s a look at the new pre-K initiative by the numbers.
Today was a milestone in New York City’s effort to make free, full-day pre-K available to 3-year-olds: The first round of offer letters went…
eyes on NYC
July 19, 2017
New York City’s community schools guru on the program’s massive expansion and why the schools are ‘here to stay’
Starting this September, over 100,000 students will be in New York City's community schools.
July 11, 2017
Conservative think tank finds ‘meaningful’ academic progress at New York City’s Renewal schools
The report estimates Renewal boosted student achievement by the equivalent of about 93 days of extra instruction in reading and 65 days in math.
it's a deal
July 6, 2017
Mayor de Blasio strikes a charter deal, making it easier for schools to expand, pay for space
It comes shortly after a big win for de Blasio: a two-year extension of his control of the city’s schools.
Summer in the city
June 30, 2017
New York City is sending fewer students to summer school but will keep them there two hours longer each day
The city is projecting that for 2017, 16,577 students will be mandated to attend summer school, or 5.4 percent of all students.
June 29, 2017
State reaches deal on mayoral control, giving Mayor Bill de Blasio a two-year extension
It is Mayor Bill de Blasio's first multi-year deal since taking office in 2014.
leveling the playing field
June 28, 2017
New York City’s racial disparities spill into gym class, according to new report
Black students received less PE than any other racial group.
June 27, 2017
I’m on a Community Education Council in Manhattan. Mayor de Blasio, we need to move faster on school integration
The diversity plan the city released this month is a beginning. However, the black and Hispanic children of this city do not have decades to wait for us to make change.
June 27, 2017
Cuomo calls lawmakers back to Albany for a special session on mayoral control
The special session will start Wednesday at 1 p.m.
An education U-turn
June 21, 2017
Shut out but scraping by: Inside the struggling schools excluded from New York City’s biggest improvement efforts
Many schools are left to cobble together their own supports -- with varying degrees of success.
mum's the word
June 6, 2017
New York City mayor keeps a low profile in announcing his high-profile diversity plan
Neither the mayor nor schools chancellor made public appearances to explain the plan — or take questions.
June 5, 2017
New York City has doubled down on its approach to high-need schools. A new study says that bet could pay off
"In the long run you’re going to get a payoff of all different kinds."
May 23, 2017
Trump’s education budget could be bad news for New York City’s ‘community schools’ expansion
"I’m not confident that the funding will continue given the federal political climate."
May 12, 2017
Community schools are expanding — but are they working? New study shows mixed results
New York City’s announcement this week that it is doubling down on community schools indicates a firm belief that the program is working.
May 11, 2017
New York City set to expand ‘community schools’ program to include 215 schools
"This is a model that is a game-changer."
the tenure track
May 5, 2017
For New York City teachers applying for tenure, success remains far from assured
Sixty-four percent of eligible teachers earned tenure last year. That's down from 97 percent a decade ago.
May 2, 2017
New York City’s Pre-K for All recognized among top ‘Innovations in American Government’
An arm of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University announced the recognition.
April 13, 2017
How often does New York City tell its principals they can’t suspend a student?
"It is promising to see that there are rejections and that suspensions are not rubber-stamped by the Department of Education."
who's the boss?
April 10, 2017
Lawmakers punt on mayoral control of New York City’s schools, setting the stage for another June showdown
The omission was somewhat surprising, since sources said last week that the deal was likely to give Mayor Bill de Blasio another one-year extension.
April 6, 2017
NYC set to adopt long-debated changes to student discipline code that will further reduce suspensions
The debate over the city’s discipline code raises larger questions, some of which are also being asked in other large school districts across the country.
April 4, 2017
Children in New York City are healthier since the start of Pre-K for All, study finds
The launch of Pre-K for All led to improved health outcomes for low-income children. That’s according to researchers at New York University who…
April 4, 2017
Students were allowed to enroll in some of the city’s lowest-performing schools — even after they were slated for closure
In total, 25 students were allowed to enroll across the six closing Renewal schools after January 1.
March 14, 2017
Report: Students and educators say school climate has worsened under de Blasio after sweeping discipline reforms
"What this evidence suggests is that we need to do more than just reduce suspensions."
running in place
March 10, 2017
New York City expanded its efforts to boost diversity at elite specialized high schools. So why hasn’t the needle budged?
“We need the education department to lead the charge on this one.”
rumor has it
March 3, 2017
Is New York City schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña on her way out?
Chatter has mounted recently over whether Fariña, after 50 years in public education, is on her way out. The city Department of Education says: "Not true."
February 28, 2017
New York City’s education budget has jumped over 40 percent in 10 years. Here’s why.
"The cost of the salary increases and retroactive pay embodied in the 2014 contract settlement have had a major impact on the DOE’s budget."
crime and punishment
February 27, 2017
New York City plans to expand programs to keep students away from the criminal justice system
But some advocates said the new measures are unlikely to make a significant dent in the number of students who are slapped with criminal offenses at school.
Behind the numbers
February 22, 2017
New York City is touting grad rates at its lowest-performing high schools, but far fewer students are graduating from them
"It can almost be framed as a marketing problem."
February 3, 2017
An exit interview with Sophia Pappas, who led New York City’s historic expansion of universal pre-K
After leading an unprecedented expansion effort of universal pre-K in New York City, Sophia Pappas is moving on.
January 24, 2017
What are Mayor de Blasio’s education priorities? Here’s what his preliminary budget tells us
Upgrades to SESIS, universal literacy by second grade, and better internet access in schools are all part of the plan.
January 12, 2017
Three big questions as de Blasio’s school turnaround program approaches the three-year mark
"What’s the threshold for deciding if the growth is sufficient?"
January 9, 2017
It’s official: The city confirms plans to close or merge nine Renewal schools next year
Sixteen of 94 original Renewal schools have been closed or consolidated.
January 8, 2017
Report: New York City poised to close or merge nine ‘Renewal’ schools
The program was designed to spare low-performing schools from closure.
December 21, 2016
Education candidate Josh Thompson challenging de Blasio with long-shot bid for mayor
Thompson supports school vouchers, charter schools and merit pay for educators -- all contentious issues in New York City, where the teachers union is famously strong.
December 5, 2016
At some Renewal schools, the city’s new ‘challenge’ targets require only tiny improvements
Thirty schools only have to improve average math or reading scores by .01 points.
October 31, 2016
New York City school suspensions continue to plummet, but stark disparities persist
Suspensions have dropped 46 percent over five years.
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