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August 20, 2014
Charter school for teen parents finalizes location in northwest Aurora
A new charter school for pregnant and parenting teens will open in the fall of 2015 in a new building that will be constructed on the site of a former bowling alley on the west side of Aurora.
September 27, 2013
Report urges next chancellor to focus on college preparation
The city's next schools chancellor will soon have to determine his or her ultimate goal: for every student to graduate from high school? To be "college or career ready"? To graduate from college? A report released yesterday illustrates just how complicated those last two can be, as only a fraction of those who graduate from city high schools actually enter college and earn a diploma. Researchers embedded in 14 high-needs middle and high schools found a litany of roadblocks that originate before students graduate, from the limited number of advanced college-preparatory courses available to a lack of trained counselors to help students through necessary paperwork. "What happens to our students in New York City, particularly in low-end communities, is they don't have all of the traditional tools that middle class and upper class families do in terms of academic and social supports to actually make it through college," said researcher Kim Nauer of the New School's Center for New York City Affairs. "As more and more students have been told that they can, and should, attend college, too many of them get to college and just fall off a cliff." A lot of the report's content was previewed in a panel discussion held last June. But after four years of firsthand observation, the center is recommending an action plan for the next administration.
January 10, 2012
Over school's objections, some parents protest planned move
A plan to move a high school seven miles from its Williamsburg home has support from school leaders and students. But elected parent officials from its current geographic district and the one it would move to this fall say the plan is ill-conceived. Members of both the Community Education Councils for District 14 and District 19 joined together at a public hearing Monday night to argue that the school's high quality and focus on writing makes it a poor choice for the move. Ever since the Department of Education announced it was considering moving Williamsburg's Academy for Young Writers to East New York, members of the school community have given their endorsement. Under the plan, Young Writers would get space in a brand-new building and expand to include middle school grades. "We're excited about the opportunity described in the proposal," Principal Courtney Winkfield said at a public hearing about the move Monday night, which drew about 50 people. "In this current school year over 60 percent of our students come from East New York and Brownsville, and travel an hour each day. About 25 percent come from Crown Heights or Bed-Stuy, and travel an hour and 45 minutes to get here," she said. "[The DOE] is taking a program that has served them for the past several years, and putting it in their neighborhood." But parent leaders in District 14, where the school is currently located but which supplies just 10 percent of students, said they don't want to see Young Writers leave — in large part because a Success Academy charter school is set to move in under a DOE proposal.
April 20, 2011
Study looks at what influences students' high school choices
When black and Hispanic students sit down to fill out their high school application forms, they tend to prioritize schools that are better performing and more racially diverse than their middle schools, which are on average, lower-performing and more racially isolated. But a study shows that the schools that actually accept them are more like the middle schools they come from. That's one of the findings in a study that tries to begin to understand the mysteries behind the city's enormously complex high school selection process. Completed by New York University Assistant Professor Sean Corcoran and Teachers College Professor Henry Levin, the study was presented at a forum on high school choice at the New School today and also appears in the book Education Reform in New York City that was published this month. Corcoran and Levin's findings are interesting not only as an insight into why some students make the choices they do. They also add depth to the core claim of Mayor Bloomberg's reforms: that by expanding students' options for where they go to school, the quality of their education will improve.
June 16, 2010
Report: Empowerment helped; grading system "deeply flawed"
Chancellor Joel Klein's strategy of empowering principals while holding them more accountable for results helped struggling schools get better. But his A to F grading system is "deeply flawed" and needs improvement. That's the message of a new, incredibly detailed report from the New School's Center for New York City Affairs. The report is the result of a study of hundreds of schools, including in-depth interviews with principals and school visits. The authors focused especially on the Bronx's District 7. The report is being released this morning at a panel discussion featuring Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch; the Department of Education's accountability chief Shael Polakow-Suransky; John Garvey, until recently the City University of New York's liaison to the public schools; and MS 223 principal Ramon Gonzalez. We'll have more details after the panel. For now, here's the report:
October 21, 2008
Betsy Gotbaum: High absenteeism is DOE's fault
Following on Randi’s heels, the city’s public advocate, Betsy Gotbaum, has a statement out on the New School report that found 20%…
October 21, 2008
Report: Missing school, common in NYC, sets kids up for failure
High school students are not the only ones missing school. Chronic absenteeism in the elementary grades is a major problem, too, especially in districts…
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