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November 2, 2017
Student injured in New York City terror attack returned to school the following day
“Teachers stayed until every child was home, until every parent got listened to, until everyone was deemed safe,” Chancellor Fariña said.
October 31, 2017
25 struggling New York City schools are safe from takeover, state officials say
Gov. Cuomo's office has previously expressed frustration that the State Education Department released many schools from the program.
October 30, 2017
After fatal Bronx school stabbing, New York City launches new anti-bullying programs
The $8 million suite of initiatives will include a new online bullying-reporting tool, staff trainings, and funding for LGBTQ student clubs.
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 12, 2017
Fariña: Low-performing ‘Renewal’ schools won’t be assigned educators from the Absent Teacher Reserve
Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced the policy Thursday, when she also promised not to place teachers with disciplinary problems in any school.
October 2, 2017
Anxious parents challenge de Blasio’s school safety efforts in wake of Bronx killing
The meeting was the first time de Blasio and Fariña publicly fielded questions from parents in the aftermath of last week's fatal stabbing.
September 27, 2017
The fatal stabbing in a Bronx classroom was horrific — but also extremely rare
One student has not killed another inside a school for 25 years, officials said.
September 20, 2017
Here’s what Carmen Fariña’s top deputies have on their plates this school year
Community schools, 3-K, and school diversity are all on the list.
September 18, 2017
In year three of New York City’s massive school turnaround program, the big question is: What’s next?
“Lots of people are experiencing it as the last of the three years.”
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 6, 2017
New York City unveils universal free lunch in time for the first day of school
The announcement fulfills a campaign promise from Mayor de Blasio.
September 5, 2017
Advocacy group gives de Blasio failing grades on NYC education report card
NYC Kids PAC has criticized his administration in its previous report cards.
August 31, 2017
New York City closes the door on Mayor Bloomberg’s boot camp for principals, marking end of an era
The Aspiring Principals Program has ended after a 14-year run.
good news bad news
August 17, 2017
New York City is sending fewer latecomer students to Renewal schools, but questions remain
It’s unclear if that policy change is making a significant difference on the ground.
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.
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…
By the numbers
August 7, 2017
Highs and lows from New York City’s annual school surveys of parents, students and teachers
It’s hard to make year-to-year comparisons of the data because of changes to the questions and given responses.
August 4, 2017
Teach for America is sending more teachers into NYC this year — and it might have Donald Trump to thank
“People are realizing it matters to get involved, that we all have a responsibility.”
July 26, 2017
New York City expands ‘College Access for All’ to additional 175 high schools next school year
The new high schools include 61 in the Bronx, 56 in Brooklyn, 28 in Manhattan, 28 in Queens and two in Staten Island.
An education U-turn
June 22, 2017
Carmen Fariña wants to help New York City teachers get better at teaching. But some of her own reforms are getting in the way.
The chancellor’s emphasis on teaching the teachers marks a radical shift from the preceding administration.
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.
An education U-turn
June 20, 2017
Mayor Bill de Blasio has made many education promises. Here’s what he’s delivered so far — and what he hasn’t
With the mayoral election approaching, we've taken stock of de Blasio's progress on education.
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."
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.
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 14, 2017
NYC Chancellor Carmen Fariña on pre-K diversity struggles: ‘This is parent choice’
Chancellor Carmen Fariña is again drawing criticism from school integration advocates — this time for appearing to excuse racially segregated pre-K programs…
February 6, 2017
As anxiety grows after Trump’s executive orders, what protections do immigrant students have in NYC schools?
New York City schools are places where data and documents are collected. Can advocates and city official keeps that information private?
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.
December 21, 2016
In a win for the UFT, city reaches deal that moves further away from evaluating teachers based on multiple-choice tests
The city plans to use the new evaluation system this school year.
November 16, 2016
Record number of New York City students are going to college, vocational programs
The reports now include 2015-2016 data.
from the top
November 9, 2016
Leader of nation’s largest school district tells principals to ‘project a sense of calmness and confidence’ today
Chancellor Carmen Fariña sent an email to school principals, superintendents and field support staff with advice on how to handle the election of Donald Trump.
October 31, 2016
New York City school suspensions continue to plummet, but stark disparities persist
Suspensions have dropped 46 percent over five years.
September 15, 2016
NYPD handcuffed 20 students under 12 years old last spring — and other revelations from newly released school safety data
"The racial inequities we saw in the first quarter were not an aberration, but part of a pattern of criminalization of black and brown youth in our schools and city."
September 7, 2016
New York City’s schools chancellor just sent her first tweet, but people have been tweeting at her for years
"As the chancellor's said many times, September is her favorite month and a great opportunity to reinvent and try new things!"
equity and excellence
August 23, 2016
One-on-one counselors tasked with ‘whatever it takes’ to help students succeed
When classes start this September, more than 100 extra guidance counselors and social workers will stream into some of New York City’s most fragile schools.
By the numbers
August 23, 2016
What do New York City’s youngest students get suspended for, anyway?
The answer may offer ammunition to both sides of the school discipline debate.
path to college
August 16, 2016
Fariña shares her shaky path to college, and vows to keep NYC students on firmer ground
Chancellor Carmen Fariña kicks off College Access for All with the story of her own college application process and some insights into her philosophy
doing the 'impossible'
July 28, 2016
As one ‘master principal’ stumbles, others try to juggle two schools at once
One prominent "master principal" recently gave up his dual role running two schools. But a half-dozen other principals are trying to make it work.
meet the new bosses
July 25, 2016
City picks new leaders for two of its most troubled high schools: Boys and Girls and Automotive
Grecian Harrison, a Bronx assistant principal, will take over Brooklyn's Boys and Girls HS. Kevin Bryant, a Brooklyn principal, will lead Automotive.
July 22, 2016
City eyes Bronx AP to take over troubled Boys and Girls High School
Education department officials are said to be considering an assistant principal from the Bronx to take over the high-profile job.
July 14, 2016
New York City schools chief to teachers and parents: Talking to kids about race and violence is ‘a moral obligation’
New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is formally encouraging local educators to wade in — even if it's hard.
July 6, 2016
Under pressure from advocates, city inches toward district-wide integration plan
Top officials are considering a plan to better integrate schools in Manhattan's District 1. Advocates say that's a sign of progress, yet some want the city to go further.
June 23, 2016
Embattled principal of Boys and Girls High School is leaving, in blow to city’s turnaround effort
Michael Wiltshire is returning full-time to Medgar Evers College Preparatory School. As "master principal," he has simultaneously led that school and Boys and Girls.
June 21, 2016
New ‘dashboard’ promises easier access to school data
But schools serving some of the city's highest-needs populations will be left out for now.
The Old College Try
June 13, 2016
City program to offer middle schoolers an early push to college will reach 167 schools next year
The program’s larger goal is to give all of the city's students an opportunity to visit a college campus during middle school.
sorting the students
June 10, 2016
Upper West Side superintendent floats integration plan to reduce the class divide among middle schools
The idea for is for every middle school to enroll at least 30 percent low-income students, in a district where some enroll 10 percent and others nearly 100 percent.
June 1, 2016
Fariña defends Michael Wiltshire, ‘master principal’ of two schools who may soon leave both
Wiltshire has recently run into challenges at Medgar Evers College Prep, where he is the subject of an ongoing city investigation, officials confirmed Wednesday.
equity and excellence
May 27, 2016
City will hire 100 reading coaches to kick off of universal literacy initiative
New York City’s push to have every third-grade student reading on grade level will begin with a hundred educators dispatched to coach reading teachers in key districts.
who rules the schools
May 5, 2016
De Blasio faces little pushback at first mayoral control hearing
Mayor Bill de Blasio returned to Albany to plead for continued control of city schools, encountering a slightly friendlier audience than he did last year.
May 2, 2016
Local policymakers hold the key to school desegregation, U.S. education chief John King says
U.S. Education Secretary John King said Monday that his power to force school desegregation is limited, but states and districts have new tools to promote integration.
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