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2 days ago
New York City’s (unofficial) graduation rate hits 74 percent, preliminary figures show
"That’s something the administration can crow about and take pride in."
3 days ago
Mental health crises are major cause of police interventions in New York City schools, new data show
Last school year, nearly 29 percent of the 9,385 incidents where police or safety agents were called involved a "child in crisis."
November 14, 2017
To help students with physical disabilities navigate a maze of barriers, NYC releases new reports on high school accessibility
The new reports are currently available for high schools in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.
November 8, 2017
Battling closure, Harlem charter school enlisted a high-profile PR firm that once repped Ivanka Trump
Opportunity Charter School has been in the education department's crosshairs since March.
November 1, 2017
More students with disabilities got required services last year, but large gaps remain
Last school year, 73 percent of students with disabilities received their mandated services — up from 59 percent the previous year.
October 18, 2017
Three years in, some signs of (slight) academic growth at struggling ‘Renewal’ schools
“The reality is it’s hard to get large increases in struggling schools.”
October 11, 2017
Three things to know about the record number of homeless students in New York City schools
One in ten New York City students experienced homelessness last school year.
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 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.
on the move
September 26, 2017
Will Carmen Fariña close this turnaround school in Queens? ‘No, no, no.’
Fariña assured once-struggling August Martin High School that it's safe. Other turnaround schools are still awaiting their verdicts.
September 20, 2017
Here’s what Carmen Fariña’s top deputies have on their plates this school year
Community schools, 3-K, and school diversity are all on the list.
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 13, 2017
New York City education department to improve response to public record requests
The education department is among the least responsive city agencies.
Lunch is served
September 12, 2017
Now that lunch is free for all New York City students: How many will eat it?
The projected increase is less than some advocates anticipated.
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.
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 22, 2017
Mayor de Blasio: More Renewal schools will face closure this year
Five Renewal schools were targeted for closure earlier this year.
good news bad news
August 17, 2017
New York City is sending fewer latecomer students to Renewal schools, but questions remain
It’s unclear if that policy change is making a significant difference on the ground.
Follow the money
August 11, 2017
Audit: NYC issued $2.7 billion in noncompetitive education contracts — and often violates its own rules
"This investigation shows that DOE acts as though the rules don’t matter."
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.
July 27, 2017
Lawsuit targets New York City program that strands poor students without required special ed services
"The DOE has to ensure that students actually get services."
July 26, 2017
NYC class size limits could boost learning — but in practice, they often don’t. A new study explains why.
"If anything, this paper is an indictment of the current system."
July 21, 2017
This seemingly small change could make it easier for guidance counselors to send students to transfer schools
Guidance counselors will be able to electronically refer students for up to three transfer schools.
July 19, 2017
New York City continues to lose track of thousands of school computers, audit finds
"I shouldn’t have to come back every two years to explain why this matters."
eyes on NYC
July 19, 2017
New York City’s community schools guru on the program’s massive expansion and why the schools are ‘here to stay’
Starting this September, over 100,000 students will be in New York City's community schools.
Making the grade
July 13, 2017
New data show more than half of NYC teachers judged, in part, by test scores they don’t directly affect
Just over half of New York City teachers were evaluated in part by tests in subjects or of students they didn’t teach in 2016.
July 12, 2017
Report: Special education voucher program leaves some of New York City’s poorest families without services
"The process itself is in violation of the law."
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.
June 26, 2017
How one Brooklyn teen gave up gang life for a shot at graduation
"I just said, ‘You can’t give up, you can’t give up.’”
mum's the word
June 6, 2017
New York City mayor keeps a low profile in announcing his high-profile diversity plan
Neither the mayor nor schools chancellor made public appearances to explain the plan — or take questions.
May 25, 2017
An embattled Harlem charter school that serves kids with disabilities will be allowed to keep its middle school — for now
"As a practical matter there is no way of transferring these students at this point."
April 24, 2017
Fariña won’t budge on decision to eliminate middle school at charter serving kids with disabilities
“They must demonstrate that they are retaining such students and serving them well,” Fariña wrote. “Unfortunately, it is clear from the data that OCS has not done that.”
April 19, 2017
Today’s the day: Long-debated changes to the city’s discipline code are now in effect
Here’s a crash course on some of the key changes.
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."
April 13, 2017
How often does New York City tell its principals they can’t suspend a student?
"It is promising to see that there are rejections and that suspensions are not rubber-stamped by the Department of Education."
April 6, 2017
NYC set to adopt long-debated changes to student discipline code that will further reduce suspensions
The debate over the city’s discipline code raises larger questions, some of which are also being asked in other large school districts across the country.
April 4, 2017
Students were allowed to enroll in some of the city’s lowest-performing schools — even after they were slated for closure
In total, 25 students were allowed to enroll across the six closing Renewal schools after January 1.
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 27, 2017
Does closing a Bronx Renewal school violate state law? Public advocate thinks so, but legal argument is murky
A 2009 lawsuit argued that closing certain zoned schools requires approval from local education councils.
March 22, 2017
As vote on Renewal school closures nears, the city has vowed to find students better schools. Can it keep that promise?
“I think every parent should have a right to send their child to a top performing school. Not to another neighborhood school which is doing marginally better.”
March 9, 2017
An unusual charter school that serves students with disabilities is under scrutiny from New York City
"We created charters as alternatives to the system, to be more successful than the system, to have better outcomes."
Save our school
March 1, 2017
Educators and parents say the city has abandoned their Bronx Renewal school — and now wants to close it
"Instead of extra resources, we’ve struggled to get the basic resources to survive."
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."
crime and punishment
February 27, 2017
New York City plans to expand programs to keep students away from the criminal justice system
But some advocates said the new measures are unlikely to make a significant dent in the number of students who are slapped with criminal offenses at school.
February 24, 2017
How accessible are New York City’s high schools? Students with physical disabilities are about to find out
"Everything — our shortcomings, our strengths — everything will be out there."
February 14, 2017
Little mention of education in de Blasio’s ‘State of the City’ address
"It was curiously flat in terms of education."
February 10, 2017
As dropout rate hits record low in New York City, these schools struggle to hang on to students
At 22 high schools, at least one in four students who started in fall 2012 had dropped out four years later.
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.
January 30, 2017
NYC education panel votes to oppose Betsy DeVos; parents and advocates rally against her
The New York City Panel for Educational Policy passed a resolution against Betsy DeVos, saying her positions “jeopardize access” to public education.
January 24, 2017
What are Mayor de Blasio’s education priorities? Here’s what his preliminary budget tells us
Upgrades to SESIS, universal literacy by second grade, and better internet access in schools are all part of the plan.
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