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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 22, 2017
Could Carmen Fariña be ousted if mayoral control expires? We asked the borough presidents, who may control her fate
It’s not likely, but Carmen Fariña could lose her job is mayoral control lapses.
An education U-turn
June 20, 2017
From power to paperwork: New York City principals adjust to a reined-in role under Carmen Fariña
This story is the first in a Chalkbeat series about Mayor Bill de Blasio's vision for education.
June 19, 2017
Chancellor Fariña on why losing mayoral control ‘would mean chaos, gridlock and corruption’
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña says letting mayoral control lapse would usher in the cronyism and inequities of the past.
barriers to entry
May 16, 2017
Chancellor: ‘We’re reconsidering how some enrollment is done’ in high schools
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña hinted during a City Council hearing Tuesday that changes to the high school admissions process might be in the works.
apple a day
May 12, 2017
New York City is honoring 19 exceptional teachers. Here’s who they are
New York City announced its Big Apple Award winners.
3-K for All
April 24, 2017
Mayor Bill de Blasio announces plan to expand universal pre-K to 3-year-olds
The plan builds on de Blasio’s signature education initiative — a push to provide free pre-K to every 4-year-old in New York City.
March 8, 2017
Only 10 percent of offers at New York City’s specialized high schools went to black and Hispanic students
Only 3.8 percent of offers to attend eight specialized high schools went to black students and 6.5 percent went to Hispanic students this year.
coming from the mountains
February 10, 2017
Are New York City’s dropout and grad rates for English learners as bad as they look?
The 5.5 percent increase in the dropout rate represents fewer than 90 students.
November 18, 2016
For the first time, more than half of New York City’s high school juniors took the SAT
The increase was driven in part by a program that allowed students at some schools to take the test for free during the school day, officials said.
October 17, 2016
School merger proposal would cap long struggle for STEM Institute in Harlem
The city Department of Education is proposing a merger of P.S. 241 STEM Institute of Manhattan into P.S. 76 A. Philip Randolph, about eight blocks away in Harlem.
August 22, 2016
Chancellor Fariña: ‘Kids aren’t supermarket items that you can move around’
When Chalkbeat interviewed the chancellor last week, she was proud of her efforts thus far, but mindful of the need to show concrete results.
August 18, 2016
Chancellor Fariña: Charters that emphasize testing should be an ‘option’ for parents
In an interview with Chalkbeat, the chancellor seemed reluctant to cast aspersions on charter schools’ test scores.
why the jump?
August 4, 2016
What caused New York City’s state test scores to jump?
There's been a lot of debate about a big increase in state test scores. Here are the competing theories about why the city and state saw a big spike in ELA scores.
August 3, 2016
If state tests keep changing, should they still be used to judge struggling schools?
State test scores are not an "apples-to-apples" comparison to last year's assessments but those scores are still being used to judge progress in struggling schools.
August 1, 2016
City’s top education officials claim victory after big increases in English test scores
The city’s top education officials celebrated historic gains on state tests Monday.
July 27, 2016
How can teachers recognize their own racial bias? A city workshop helps answer that question
City officials are encouraging discussions about how well-meaning teachers sometimes inadvertently perpetuate racial bias.
sharing is caring
July 26, 2016
Here’s one way New York City is encouraging more school collaboration
Thirty-seven schools will participate in the city's Showcase program this year, including one highlighted for LGBT inclusion.
July 21, 2016
Fariña: letter to city about race and violence inspired ‘hate mail’
A letter calling for parents and teachers to address issues of race and violence inspired backlash, according to the city schools chief.
computer science for all
June 1, 2016
Over 200 schools will help city kick off ‘Computer Science for All’ next school year
The city is ramping up its ambitious effort to offer all students computer science education and, for the first time, announced plans for elementary schools.
April 4, 2016
It’s testing time for New York students. Here’s what you need to know.
As students gear up for tests, here's a guide to the changes, debates and controversy surrounding the New York state assessments.
March 16, 2016
City education budget needs $171M more than governor proposes, report says
According to an analysis released Wednesday by the IBO, the mayor’s proposed education budget includes $171 million more than the governor’s proposal.
February 24, 2016
With little debate, education panel signs off on de Blasio’s first school closures
Foundations Academy, a high school in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, is one of three small schools that the panel voted to close on Wednesday, citing low enrollment.
February 2, 2016
Fariña holds firm on testing, despite mounting pressure from opt-out leaders
As the state’s recent testing changes draw fire from opt-out leaders, the city’s schools chief took a jab at the movement.
October 14, 2015
City shows gains in SAT and AP scores
SAT and AP exam scores increased in 2015, showing steady progress toward the city’s college readiness goals at a time when scores are declining nationwide.
June 29, 2015
At graduation, Fariña praises Broome Street charter for focus on high-needs students
Fariña spoke at the graduation for the downtown Manhattan school, reinforcing her interest in charter schools that focus on high-needs students.
June 25, 2015
Parents can now sign up for city’s new student data portal from home
When the city unveiled the new system, parents were told that they needed to come into a school to register, prompting complaints from families and parent coordinators.
June 24, 2015
City announces free eyeglasses for community school students
The city will spend $10 million over the next four years for the screenings, and the eyewear company Warby Parker will supply glasses to every student who needs a pair.
June 23, 2015
City consolidates two half-days to make Lunar New Year a holiday
De Blasio announced the designation of the holiday with a tweet Monday night that said, “Working toward a more inclusive city,” in English, Mandarin, and Korean.
June 22, 2015
Fariña, de Blasio and Mulgrew aim to fire up principals at Renewal event
A private event for the 94 low-performing schools on Monday featured words of encouragement from the mayor and the chancellor.
focus on stem
June 19, 2015
City releases more detailed curriculum guide for elementary science
The new outline aims to streamline the multiple sets of standards, including the Common Core, that science teachers must juggle.
focus on stem
June 15, 2015
Fariña: New science guidelines on the way
The new guidelines reflect Fariña’s interest in the specifics of the instruction taking place in city classrooms.
May 21, 2015
Tisch: De Blasio’s approach to struggling schools is a mistake
Merryl Tisch said the city was wrong not to close any of its lowest-performing schools right away at a forum in Manhattan on Thursday.
focus on stem
May 7, 2015
City offers new STEM summer program to hundreds of students
The city is offering 1,200 students a new opportunity to participate in free summer programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and math.
May 5, 2015
Why city’s unions aren’t fighting Fariña’s school-merger plan
Fariña’s broader plan would share characteristics of the school closures that elicited outrage during the Bloomberg years, with key changes.
it begins with books
March 30, 2015
Making progress on a promise, Fariña brings books to homeless children
A year after vowing to put more books in the hands of homeless children, Chancellor Carmen Fariña has helped oversee the creation of small libraries at 20 shelters.
defending the system
March 24, 2015
Amid state budget negotiations, Fariña defends keeping teacher evaluations in-house
As negotiations moved into their final week, Chancellor Carmen Fariña continued to voice opposition to many of Gov. Cuomo's education proposals.
college then career
March 23, 2015
With a focus on the college-bound, career and technical education to expand in 10 schools
A new city program will help 10 schools either launch or expand career and technical education programs this fall.
March 3, 2015
City seeks next group of PROSE schools, as Fariña praises first round of changes
Some of the schools already in the program are waiting to fully implement the plans that were given preliminary approval last summer.
February 26, 2015
Three delayed co-locations approved after Fariña reins in concerns
The plans were approved only after a debate about how to make sure they wouldn't impede the city’s efforts to turn around other struggling schools.
February 17, 2015
Immigrant groups see chance to improve language services in chancellor’s reorganization
With changes coming to the city's school-support structure, immigrant groups are asking the Department of Education to improve translation services for parents with limited English proficiency.
(Another) pre-K push
February 5, 2015
City announces new, unified pre-K application process
The city’s two pre-kindergarten admissions processes will become one this year.
February 4, 2015
Fariña offers advice to leaders of city’s future community schools
Chancellor Carmen Fariña told principals, superintendents, and nonprofit leaders on Wednesday that the stakes are high as they work to grow the city’s number of community schools.
January 30, 2015
Four co-location votes delayed as Fariña cites need for more input
During what was perhaps the most contentious Panel for Educational Policy meeting of her tenure, Chancellor Carmen Fariña asked the advisory board to delay its votes on co-location plans for four charter schools.
January 16, 2015
Poll: New Yorkers back de Blasio’s cell phone policy change
While some educators remain worried that texts, tweets and selfies could be classroom distractions, the majority of New York voters in a Quinnipiac…
Call for change
January 7, 2015
Educators remain cautious as city prepares to lift cell phone ban
At the news that the city would soon be ending its ban on cell phones in schools, many students and parents reacted with excitement. No longer would students have to pay a bodega to store their phone, concoct schemes to hide or sneak phones into school buildings, or worry about being able to reach their child.
it's a wrap
December 30, 2014
Readers’ choices: Our 10 most-read news stories from 2014
Chalkbeat readers have spoken: The new contract between the city and the teachers’ union was the biggest story of 2014. The rest of the year's biggest stories hit on the big themes of the year, including the transition to Carmen Fariña's leadership, testing anxiety, and debates over the Common Core.
war of words
November 25, 2014
Charter school advocates ratchet up pressure on Fariña to address enrollment claims
Dozens of parents with Families for Excellent Schools gathered at City Hall on Tuesday, calling for an apology from Chancellor Carmen Fariña for her claim that charter schools violated admissions requirements by recruiting top-scoring students using “postcards.”
November 18, 2014
Carmen Fariña’s popularity rising
More voters than ever approve of the job being done by Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, according to Tuesday’s Quinnipiac poll. Fariña’s approval rating has…
meet the new boss
August 27, 2014
When not in schools, Fariña spent first months with education's power brokers
The chancellor's schedule shows that when she wasn’t visiting schools, Fariña met with Stanford researcher Linda Darling-Hammond, billionaire philanthropist George Soros, along with a host of advocates, executives, elected officials, and union representatives.
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