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August 16, 2018
New data pulls back curtain on Chicago’s high school admissions derby
Before the online portal GoCPS system streamlined the high school choice process, Chicago schools lacked a common deadline or single place portal to…
July 5, 2018
Amid renewed focus on job training in high school, Memphis students consider their options
Students at Melrose High School cited health sciences, criminal justice, and business management as their top career fields in an informal survey.
April 19, 2018
One big upside of career and tech programs? They push more kids to graduate
At these CTE schools, low-income students were 21 percentage points more likely to graduate than their similar peers at typical high schools.
April 12, 2018
Newark looks to build school-to-work ‘pipeline’ by boosting vocational education
Newark school officials want to revamp the district's "archaic" vocational programs so that students are prepared for well-paying jobs.
February 12, 2018
Workforce training programs may soon look different in Memphis schools
A proposed revamp of career and technical education will be presented this month to the school board for Shelby County Schools.
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January 11, 2017
Tennessee wins $2 million grant to boost career education
The funding will be distributed over three years with the goal of expanding career-focused education from middle school to beyond high school graduation.
September 22, 2016
New York City schools expand career and technical education, while City Council members look to track progress
The New York City Department of Education will spend $113 million to expand and improve career and technical education programs.
September 12, 2016
State education commissioner will review whether newly approved graduation exams have ‘sufficient rigor’
Now, state officials are reviewing new exams that allow students to graduate with a
August 2, 2016
Race and education in Nashville: Author Ansley Erickson on the hidden policy choices that sustain inequality
Ansley Erickson's book details the desegregation and subsequent resegregation of Nashville’s public schools, tracing today’s educational inequalities to their roots.
July 20, 2016
Tennessee to cover ACT retakes for all students, but will it boost college access?
More Tennessee students soon will get the chance to retake the ACT test, which could mean the difference between a college scholarship or not going to college at all.
June 14, 2016
Want to be a career and technical ed teacher? The state just eased the process
Responding to a shortage of career and technical education teachers, the state made it easier to become one on Tuesday.
July 6, 2015
As city prepares to redouble focus on career and tech programs, Fariña names new leader
John Widlund, the longtime principal of “Coop Tech” is the city’s new head of career and technical education.
June 11, 2015
De Blasio lauds CTE programs at union event, saying city will support their growth
"We are going to strengthen them and we are going to make them available to even more," de Blasio said of the city's career and technical education programs.
June 3, 2015
Partnership merges high school AP courses, applied science
CollegeBoard and Project Lead The Way team up to blend courses for college or careers.
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October 23, 2014
Two years after escaping closure, a Bronx high school works to improve
Two years after a proposal to close Alfred E. Smith CTE High School was nixed, the school's principal has worked to increase attendance rates and morale, while still facing a number of big challenges common to low-performing schools.
October 28, 2013
Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce dedicates classroom to board chair
At the Urban Assembly School for Global Commerce’s first-ever parent-teacher night last week, the school also dedicated a classroom to a city official who…
May 1, 2012
With "turnaround" now approved, a high school looks forward
Nico Ryan, a junior, (second from right), shows community members his winning design for a competition sponsored by the Partnership for Student Advocacy. Juniors at the High School for Graphic Communication Arts have a lot on their minds this month. They are putting the finishing touches on photography and graphic design projects, planning their study schedule for Regents exams, and signing up for the SAT. The handful of students who met this morning to show off posters they designed for a local advocacy organization did not rank the school's impending "turnaround" high on their list of worries. As hundreds of students and teachers rallied around the city to protest the Department of Education plan — approved last week — to abruptly close, reopen and rename 24 schools this year, Graphics remained virtually silent. City officials floating closing Graphics last year but backtracked on the idea after large groups of students and graduates made their case for the school's future at a tense meeting with DOE officials. But at its turnaround hearing this spring, just 32 people signed up to speak, compared with nearly 200 at some other schools. Lantigua Sime, a longtime assistant principal at the Hell's Kitchen Career and Technical Education school, said the students have already accepted the turnaround and moved on. "You didn't see any protests, you didn't hear any noise here because we're moving forward," Sime said. "Anyone who is on the bus is on the bus. Anyone who isn't is already waiting for their next one."
March 1, 2012
Software-themed school aims to replicate Stuy curriculum for all
Stuyvesant High School computer science teacher Mike Zamansky describes a mathematical problem solving tool to students. In Room 307 of Manhattan's Stuyvesant High School, 23 students spent a recent afternoon copying tables and number trees representing a mathematical problem-solving technique used in graphic design computer software. The students, who all won admission to Stuyvesant by posting top scores on an entrance exam, listened raptly as their teacher, Mike Zamansky, walked them through the complex algorithm behind "seam-carving," a process used in resizing images. Then Zamansky checked to make sure they understood. "No problem? Seems reasonable? or 'Huh'?" he asked, offering students the chance to signal by a show of thumbs whether they understood or needed more help. No one pointed a thumb down. Zamansky has been teaching computer science since 1995, through a program he designed for students to follow from sophomore to senior year. Stuyvesant's program is the only rigorous computer science sequence in the city's public schools and one of the few in the country. Now it is the inspiration behind a new city high school that aims to change that. Founded by an influential venture capitalist with deep ties to the technology industry and a young principal fresh from the city's training program, the Academy for Software Engineering will be the city's first school to focus on software engineering. The goal is to extend the approach of Zamansky's classes — which teach problem-solving, network communications, and programming language literacy — to any student in the city, even if they can't make the cut for Stuyvesant or don't even have a computer at home.
February 3, 2012
Impassioned students paint dismal picture at Gompers hearing
Brandishing whistles and hand-written signs, dozens of Samuel Gompers High School students protested at the school closure hearing Thursday. The regular English classes that Carla LaChapelle teaches all have at least 30 students this year. Last year, Miguel Estrella said he studied for the United States History Regents exam using a textbook that stopped at the Cold War. LaChapelle and Estrella were among nearly 100 students, alumni, teachers, and activists at Samuel Gompers Career and Technical Education High School Thursday evening to challenge the city's plan to close the school. They said inadequate resources and a flood of high-needs students led to a failing grade on the progress report that the city uses to assess schools. Dozens of student speakers organized by two groups, Sistas and Brothas United and the Urban Youth Collaborative, steered the rowdy, three-and-a-half hour long hearing at the South Bronx campus. Many speakers refused to follow protocol the Department of Education has set for the closure hearings that would cut public comments off at two minutes each. Along with a smaller handful of alumni and teachers, they painted a picture of Gompers as a warehouse for special education and high-needs students that has long suffered from inadequate funding.
January 30, 2012
Report: Systemic flaws in CTE could jeopardize expansion plans
Before enacting ambitious plans to expand Career and Technical Education offering in schools, the city should invest more in the struggling programs that already exist, a report by the public advocate Bill de Blasio's office argues. The report, released today, paints a grim picture of CTE in city schools as chronically underperforming and often unaligned to industries that are expanding, such as the health sciences and information technology. The report was fast-tracked after Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced plans to open 12 CTE schools by the end of his tenure earlier this month, de Blasio said. The mayor convened a commission in 2008 to examine and improve CTE schools, but de Blasio said the task force's recommendations have been largely ignored. He said he wanted to see the city invest more in systemic improvements and struggling schools, rather than impose a "one-size-fits-all" plan to shutter low-performing CTE schools. "Maxwell High School has made steady progress, gotten an A rating under the department's own rating system, and now they're saying they're going to close it. Makes no sense," de Blasio said. "Closure ... does not guarantee that what comes next is going to be better. We should try to see if we can save the schools we have with a real intervention." The report finds:
January 18, 2012
At one school, turnaround news called surprising, low on details
Students at the High School of Graphic Communication Arts work on web-design projects Jan. 9. When the city unveiled its school closure proposals last month, the High School of Graphic Communication Arts was not on the list. So students and staff there were surprised to learn last week that their school might well be closed in June after all. Many students walking to the Manhattan school's Hell's Kitchen building this morning said they were primed for a typical school day, despite the news that Graphics, which received an F on its most recent progress report, would be one of 33 schools to undergo the "turnaround" process this year. Under that plan, which Mayor Bloomberg announced in his State of the City speech last week, the school would reopen in September with a new name and at least 50 percent of the current teachers gone. Brendan Lyons, the school's first-year principal, said the news was "definitely a surprise for our organization and our community," but said he would wait for more details from the city before commenting on potential changes in store for the school. If the turnaround plan is approved by the State Department of Education, Lyons would be eligible to stay on. But along with a team of educators and union officials, he would be responsible for selecting a new staff, drawing on current teachers for exactly half of the slots. "Every crisis is an opportunity," Lyons said. "I'd like to show how our school is a model turnaround that other schools can learn from."
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