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January 10, 2011
EdNews 2011 legislative preview
Many in education are hoping 2011 will be the first Colorado legislative session in three years without a “big” education reform bill.
December 1, 2010
Enrollment study will be a sprint
A state study of how to count students got going Wednesday – about six weeks before the effort is supposed to produce a report.
July 16, 2010
Enrollment grows at saved high schools, but not by much
Enrollment numbers at high schools that the city had targeted for closure are on the rise, but still far below past years' levels. After a judge's ruling postponed closures at 19 schools — 14 of them high schools — many of the schools began reporting that they were severely under-enrolled. Metropolitan Corporate Academy had eight incoming ninth graders and Jamaica High School in Queens had 23 — a number so low the school's principal doubted he'd be able to have a freshman class. Now that the city has completed its second round of high school placements, more students are set to enter these schools next year. But the numbers are still extremely low. While there are now 23 students enrolled at Metropolitan Corporate Academy, the school traditionally saw an incoming freshman class of between 70 and 100 students. Many of these schools still have enrollments too low for them to support a ninth grade program. If the city does not assign them more students, they could be forced to phase out their ninth grades, skirting the court's ruling that the schools should remain intact. A spokesman for the Department of Education said the city expects the enrollment numbers to climb.
June 16, 2010
Saved from closure, a Queens high school faces phase-out
When a judge ruled in favor of keeping open 19 schools that the city had targeted for closure, it appeared that the teachers union had won its case. But for at least one of the schools, under-enrollment could spell closure anyway. Jamaica High School in Queens is currently looking at an incoming class of 23 ninth grade students, according to minutes taken during a meeting between the school's principal and union chapter leader. If more students don't enroll, the high school will not be able to offer a ninth grade next year, which is what would have happened under the city's original plan to phase out the school. A portion of the minutes reads: Mr. Acham said that our expected number of students for the fall would be between 850 and 900 pupils and not close to 1400 that we currently are enrolling. He added that the number of incoming grade nine students who have made a full commitment to Jamaica High School for this fall was only 23 and this number was down from a potential incoming class of merely 60. Therefore, the Principal concluded that we do not have a sufficient number of freshmen to run our programs. A spokesman for the Department of Education, Danny Kanner, said Jamaica's enrollment numbers would likely go up, but would not offer an explanation of how this would happen or how many students had been matched with the school's ninth grade next year.
March 15, 2010
Intriguing findings in declining enrollment study
A new study of school districts with declining enrollment hasn’t found the clear-cut picture of financial and academic distress that often is presumed to afflict such districts.
February 1, 2010
Online enrollment slows fevered growth
The breakneck pace of growth in Colorado's online programs slowed in 2009 but it still hit the double digits
January 26, 2010
Report: Students in poverty increase
Colorado's K-12 enrollment is up again this year but the number of students in poverty is growing even faster
August 26, 2009
SAT-taker trends clash with overall population changes
More black and Hispanic students are taking the SAT, but is that just because of overall demographic shifts? A reader asks for overall enrollment trends by race. The data show that the numbers of black and Hispanic students in the city is not rising. The black population has been declining while the Hispanic population is also declining, though less rapidly. The number of Asian students in city schools is rising. This is according to both city figures on public school enrollment and Census estimates on the size of the school-aged population.* I spent several months last year exploring the public school enrollment data, which contains all kinds of mysteries (one: white enrollment in public schools has declined while the white school-aged population, by Census estimates, which are imperfect, is rising). Alas I only completed my digging just as the New York Sun was closing, and it's never seen the light of day — until now! Here's a chart I put together last year, using city data, followed by a chart using the Census's school-aged population estimates:
July 14, 2009
A question: "I have heard of the success of charter schools…"
A reader wrote in this simple message: I have heard of the success of charter schools, and would like to learn more. I have a…
May 15, 2009
To kindergarten shutouts, top schools official says, "I'm sorry"
Anyone who stayed until the bitter end of a three-hour meeting last night about kindergarten waitlists in Manhattan got a surprise: an uncharacteristic apology from a top DOE official. Hundreds of parents turned out for a meeting of the parent council for District 2 to vent about having been shut out, at least for now, of their neighborhood schools. Last week, Manhattan parents protested at City Hall after 273 children were put on waiting lists at many elementary schools. Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm arrived late to the meeting after spending her afternoon dealing with the swine flu outbreak in Queens. She sat quietly in the audience and listened to a tense back and forth between school officials and angry parents. The auditorium had mostly emptied and council members were preparing to adjourn when Grimm approached the microphone to make a surprise statement, which I captured on video above. Here's a key part of what she said: I also want to say something that I thought I heard people from the DOE say tonight, but just in case you didn't, I want to say, I'm sorry. We're sorry. We have stumbled on some of this planning. The two officials leading the meeting told parents during the meeting that most schools should be able to eliminate their wait lists by the middle of June, after families find out where they've been offered seats in gifted and talented programs. John White, who heads the Department of Education's efforts to manage school space, said that more children in each area qualified for gifted admissions than there are children on the waiting list.
February 5, 2009
Teacher: Cash-strapped private school families flood my school
A teacher named Mandy Kwan submitted this entry to Brian Lehrer’s Uncommon Economic Indicators project: In the elementary school where I am teaching, I’m…
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