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independent budget office
October 11, 2018
Black students in New York City receive harsher suspensions for the same infractions, report finds
The report zeroed in on the top 10 infractions and found that black students were more likely to receive harsher punishments for 8 of them.
mind the gap
December 5, 2017
New York City’s racial achievement gaps widen as students get older, report finds
Black boys came out on the bottom.
February 28, 2017
New York City’s education budget has jumped over 40 percent in 10 years. Here’s why.
"The cost of the salary increases and retroactive pay embodied in the 2014 contract settlement have had a major impact on the DOE’s budget."
January 31, 2017
Trump has threatened to cut federal funding to New York City. Here are the education programs that could take a hit.
"The city relies on federal funding to support students with disabilities, students who are homeless, and students from low-income backgrounds."
January 10, 2017
Cuomo’s college tuition plan would be a boon for many students, but does it go far enough?
Though the governor's free tuition plan would help middle-class families, some are wondering whether it does enough for the state's neediest students.
barriers to entry
October 21, 2016
Strong students from weak middle schools often don’t try for New York City’s top high schools, new report shows
A new IBO report suggests that students’ backgrounds — including their test scores, middle schools, and where they live — influence their high school choices.
Beyond the classroom
October 11, 2016
Why do New York City’s homeless students struggle in school?
The IBO set out to pinpoint exactly which obstacles are holding homeless students back from learning by conducting roughly 100 interviews.
October 6, 2015
Five data points that illustrate challenges New York City schools face
A third of students are off-track by the time they reach high school, according to a new report that includes hundreds of data points about the city school system.
state of the sector
July 13, 2015
Report: Charter schools replace students, but do so less after third grade
In some areas of of New York City, charter schools now serve one in five students, according to a new IBO report, which also compares charter networks' raw test scores.
April 22, 2015
IBO: Students at elite high schools come from wealthier neighborhoods
Just 11 percent of specialized high school students live in the city's poorest areas, compared to 30 percent of other students, according to the education data watchdog.
December 18, 2014
IBO: City gifted programs can’t serve most eligible students
The city’s education data watchdog has confirmed what families have long experienced: Meeting the eligibility bar for city gifted programs is no guarantee of admission. In…
July 1, 2014
Five big takeaways from the latest treasure trove of NYC school data
Student mobility, Race to the Top spending, and the number of English language learners with special needs were among the data points highlighted in the Independent Budget Office's annual report.
April 22, 2014
New enrollment analysis details charter school sector’s growth
New K-12 enrollment figures show more students are attending charter schools. Where New York City students go to school saw steady change under Mayor…
March 24, 2014
IBO: City’s after-school expansion plan leaves out summer programs
Updated at 4:55 p.m. with response from the Department of Youth and Community Development. The Independent Budget Office noted in a report today that the…
February 19, 2014
IBO admits charter school special ed attrition numbers missed the full picture
A widely publicized statistic showing that charter schools do a poor job of retaining their special education students was based on incomplete data, the city's Independent Budget Office has admitted.
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