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October 11, 2017
Five takeaways from a new study of New York City’s massive ‘community schools’ program
How is this costly and complex experiment working?
There's an AP for that
October 10, 2017
More New York City students are taking AP exams, though racial gaps persist
The number of students who took at least one AP test in 2017 rose by 10 percent, while the pass rate went up 7.5 percent.
October 4, 2017
Three years in, more than half of principals in New York City’s turnaround program have quit or been replaced
Nearly 60 percent of Renewal schools have seen at least one leadership change.
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.
Bridging the divide
September 28, 2017
Even as political battles persist, more district and charter schools join partnership program
While political clashes between the de Blasio administration and the charter sector grab headlines, there's growing collaboration behind the scenes.
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 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.”
September 14, 2017
Success Academy ratchets up pressure on city to give it space
Success Academy is mounting a campaign to increase pressure on the de Blasio administration to approve co-located space for her schools.
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 26, 2017
The NY Times tried to fact-check the mayor’s claims about Renewal test scores. Researchers say its analysis fell short.
“The Times really didn’t do anything to ensure that their comparison to other schools was really comparable."
August 24, 2017
Success Academy’s Eva Moskowitz goes on the offensive with press conference on city test scores
The conversation inevitably shifted back to the news of the past few weeks: the inflammatory Facebook post of Success board chair Daniel Loeb.
August 22, 2017
‘Virtually meaningless’ or ‘steady progress’? New York City reacts to this year’s state test scores
The annual release of test scores created a wave of reactions from education stakeholders across the state.
August 22, 2017
Mayor de Blasio: More Renewal schools will face closure this year
Five Renewal schools were targeted for closure earlier this year.
August 7, 2017
Charter sector to de Blasio: If you want to play nice, prove it by giving us space
Members of the charter school sector say they are watching space requests to see if the mayor plans to ease tension between his administration and charter schools.
August 1, 2017
Mayor de Blasio just said New York City’s schools are safer than ever. Is he right?
One of his staunchest critics says just the opposite.
head to head
July 26, 2017
Protesters face off with member of New York City’s Absent Teacher Reserve outside the mayor’s gym
The Absent Teacher Reserve, a pool of teachers without permanent positions, is once again at the center of debate.
July 11, 2017
Conservative think tank finds ‘meaningful’ academic progress at New York City’s Renewal schools
The report estimates Renewal boosted student achievement by the equivalent of about 93 days of extra instruction in reading and 65 days in math.
draining the atr pool
July 10, 2017
New York City plans more aggressive steps to move hundreds of unassigned teachers out of Absent Teacher Reserve
The city's latest attempt to shrink the ATR pool may require principals to hire teachers.
June 22, 2017
State lawmakers end session without passing mayoral control. Where does that leave us?
Lawmakers wrapped up the legislative session late Wednesday, though they could return to address mayoral control of New York City schools.
An education U-turn
June 21, 2017
Do struggling schools in New York City’s Renewal turnaround program outperform those left out? A new analysis suggests no
“The scale of resources for the system to intervene in poverty is a very hard thing to do and it’s likely you won’t soon see the results you want.”
one day more
June 20, 2017
It’s crunch time in Albany. What will happen to mayoral control?
With control of New York City schools expiring at the end of June, lawmakers must decide if they will grant another extension and whether there will be strings attached.
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.
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.
June 8, 2017
Grilled by reporters, de Blasio says he wants to ‘level with the people’ about school integration
Two days after New York City released its much-anticipated school diversity plan, Mayor Bill de Blasio was forced to defend its rollout, scope and purpose.
room to run
June 5, 2017
City announces major push to provide all schools with designated space for gym class
New York City will invest $385 million over the next four years to provide all city schools with a designated space for physical education.
June 3, 2017
Coming soon: a new mega-study on community schools and an award for NYC
The study from the Learning Policy Institute will summarize 125 other pieces of research about the approach, which floods schools with resources to meet their students' personal needs.
dear de blasio
May 22, 2017
Flanagan blasts de Blasio on ‘transparency’ as mayoral control fight heats up
Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday tying transparency to mayoral control.
in the zone
May 1, 2017
Eric Nadelstern, former Klein deputy, has a radical solution for struggling schools: Unzone the city
Eric Nadelstern, who served as deputy chancellor for the education department in the Bloomberg era, thinks of himself as part of a revolution in…
April 26, 2017
Mayor’s budget includes funding for homeless students, 3-K for All, and air-conditioned classrooms
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2018 executive budget was hailed as a win by advocates who pushed the city to restore $10.3 million in funding for homeless students omitted from his draft budget.
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.
April 18, 2017
Requesting public records from NYC’s education department? Be prepared to wait… 103 days
"My thought was, ‘Gee things are going to get so much better’ and the reverse has occurred."
who rules the schools
April 5, 2017
Budget deal could extend mayoral control of New York City schools for one year
Lawmakers are likely to give Mayor Bill de Blasio another one-year extension of mayoral control, a source confirmed
March 31, 2017
Suspensions continue to fall in New York City schools under de Blasio
Overall, suspensions have plummeted 30 percent in recent years.
March 23, 2017
Despite pushback, education panel votes to close five schools in de Blasio’s turnaround program
Starting next school year 78 schools will remain in the Renewal program, down from an original 94.
February 14, 2017
Little mention of education in de Blasio’s ‘State of the City’ address
"It was curiously flat in terms of education."
getting to graduation
February 10, 2017
New York City’s graduation rate continues climb, but a larger share of English learners are dropping out
It's good news for Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is seeking re-election this year.
I'm with him
February 8, 2017
UFT endorses de Blasio for re-election, saying they are headed for ‘another war’
The city’s teachers union announced Wednesday that it endorsed Mayor Bill de Blasio's bid for re-election, and vowed to battle with U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.
charter freeze melting
January 30, 2017
De Blasio: Cuomo’s budget proposal forces city to shoulder charter school cost ‘to an exorbitant degree’
Mayor Bill de Blasio spoke out against some of Cuomo's charter school provisions today, arguing the city is being asked to pay too much for charter schools.
AP for all
January 17, 2017
City’s AP exam passing rates show gains, especially for black and Hispanic students
The number of students taking at least one AP exam in 2016 rose by nearly 3,500 students citywide.
computer science for all
December 8, 2016
Report: Brooklyn schools lack laptops, strong Wi-Fi, as city expands computer science education
The findings provide a glimpse at how difficult it will be for Mayor de Blasio to achieve his ambitious goal of offering computer science in every city school by 2025.
At the halfway mark
November 22, 2016
Half full or half empty? New data shows mixed results for city’s Renewal turnaround program
Nearly half of the schools in the city’s high-profile turnaround program did not meet even half their goals last year.
November 9, 2016
Republicans appear likely to hold State Senate, paving way for (another) tough fight over mayoral control
Republicans are declaring victory in their efforts to maintain control of the New York State Senate, which could mean another testy fight over mayoral control.
draining the pool
October 13, 2016
New York City’s Absent Teacher Reserve is steadily decreasing, city says
The number stands at 1,304 this October, which is a decrease of about 150 teachers from this time last year.
September 23, 2016
Mayor Bill de Blasio announces computer science initiative fundraising is ‘ahead of schedule’
The city has raised $20 million for "Computer Science for All" initiative, a program designed to offer computer science education in every school across New York City.
hitting the wall
August 30, 2016
Career and technical education programs are in vogue. So why is it so hard to start one?
As career and technical education programs expand and morph into a dizzying array of new career fields, many are slowed down by the state’s stringent approval process.
August 19, 2016
As war over charter schools rages on, what power does the city actually have?
Mayor Bill de Blasio inflamed his relationship with charter schools last week, but some argue there is little he can practically do to hamper charter school growth.
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.
August 9, 2016
New York City students show up in droves to question school discipline policy
Students shared their personal stories about being disciplined in city schools and urged the city to do more to reduce suspensions for older students.
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