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August 10, 2018
Read the confidential memo New York City sent Alberto Carvalho (before he backed out of the chancellor job)
Just before Alberto Carvalho was expected to take the helm, NYC's education department handed him a 33-page crash course in the system’s hot button issues.
the carvalho texts
Updated August 10, 2018
Carvalho texts show last-minute concerns about pay, mayoral control, but no plans to back out
In the days before Alberto Carvalho rejected the New York City chancellor job on live television, he expressed concerns about salary, mayoral control, and media leaks.
June 22, 2018
I’ve spent years studying the link between SHSAT scores and student success. The test doesn’t tell you as much as you might think.
A standardized test does not predict as well as past school performance, indicating that Mayor Bill de Blasio seems headed in the right direction.
June 19, 2018
Inside a Bronx middle school where students rarely apply to attend specialized high schools
If the plan becomes a reality, schools such as New Venture theoretically have the most to gain. But the proposal would do little to solve the most entrenched challenges that have kept students from schools such as New Venture out of specialized high schools for so long.
June 6, 2018
The scene at Stuyvesant: Students who’ve succeeded at SHSAT wary of new plan, though some want change
As politicians and parents take sides over a new plan to scrap the specialized high school test, students at the center of the controversy wrestle with the issue.
Take the test
June 4, 2018
Everybody is talking about the Specialized High Schools Admissions Test. Here’s what it looks like
The test stands at the center of a contentious debate that blew open last weekend over the stark underrepresentation of black and Hispanic students there.
sorting the students
June 2, 2018
Mayor Bill de Blasio: Our specialized schools have a diversity problem. Let’s fix it.
We are living with monumental injustice, de Blasio writes.
Walk it out
100,000 New York City students walked out of schools to protest gun violence
Students across New York City are joining peers across the country in protesting gun violence on the one-month anniversary of the Parkland school shooting.
March 6, 2018
No fireworks in Houston as school board bids farewell to Carranza
Houston’s school board didn’t put up a fight Tuesday while ironing out the details of superintendent Richard Carranza’s departure to become New…
February 28, 2018
After months-long search, New York City mayor will name next schools chief ‘very soon,’ officials say
City Hall said the mayor would name a permanent successor for outgoing Chancellor Carmen Fariña, not a temporary replacement.
February 27, 2018
Advocates: Four traits we want in NYC’s next schools chief — and four candidates we don’t want
A pair of New York City advocates tell what they're looking for in the next chancellor and name four "education reformers" they don't want to get the job.
February 26, 2018
Ahead of school closure vote, New York City families protest and anxiously await new options
It’s the largest single round of closures since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014.
January 4, 2018
Once rare, snow days have become more common under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared five snow days during his four years in office -- as many as his predecessor ordered over 12 years.
December 22, 2017
‘She lived by that’: Carmen Fariña’s school-by-school theory of change inspired awe, but also doubt
Fariña’s fans see her school-level focus and faith in the perfectibility of the system as her greatest strength; to critics, it's a fatal flaw.
Updated December 18, 2017
New York City plans to close, shrink, or merge these 19 schools into other schools
Here's the full list of changes the city is proposing.
Updated December 18, 2017
New York City moves to close 14 struggling schools, including site of Bronx stabbing
It's Mayor Bill de Blasio’s most aggressive effort to date to shutter struggling schools.
Updated 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 kindergartners…
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 out…
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
Updated 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. But…
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.
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