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New York City
May 17, 2018
Controversial integration plan for Upper West Side middle schools changes, but it’s unclear whether more parents will get on board
“Here’s the problem: Maybe instead of there being four desirable middle schools, there should be fifteen."
March 21, 2018
I’ve been mistaken for the other black male leader at my charter network. Let’s talk about it.
A recent reunion pushed this charter leader to reflect again on the power dynamics that determine who gets to make decisions in so-called education reform.
March 13, 2018
‘I can be a part of this change’: New York City students prepare to join nationwide gun violence protests
Beginning at 10 a.m. Wednesday, thousands of students from across New York City are expected to flood the streets as part of a nationwide school walkout.
January 16, 2018
Facing a state budget crunch, Gov. Cuomo proposes modest 3 percent education boost
Cuomo put forward a $769 million increase in school aid during his executive budget address on Tuesday, less than half of that sought by the state’s Board of Regents.
the new search
December 21, 2017
In search for new chancellor, Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to build on Fariña’s legacy
De Blasio said he wants someone who will carry out his existing vision — not shake things up.
November 16, 2017
How common is it for districts to share student contact info with charter schools? Here’s what we know.
Some districts explicitly do not share student information with charter schools. Others have clear rules for sharing. At least one city has carved out a compromise.
school choice or peer choice?
October 11, 2017
A school choice quandary: parents care more about who attends a school than about its quality, in NYC study
A basic tenet of school choice is that families will choose the highest-quality school they can. Now a new study raises questions about this basic premise.
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.
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."
January 18, 2017
How New York City’s education world is reacting to Trump education secretary nominee Betsy DeVos
Including UFT president Michael Mulgrew, Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz, and advocates for students with disabilities.
Transfer of power
September 26, 2016
In a shift, new rules make it easier for New York City students to switch schools
Parents can now request a new school for their child if he or she “is not progressing or achieving academically or socially.”
June 1, 2016
Success Academy charter network cancels classes after losing fight to offer pre-K on its own terms
The pre-K battle marks the latest chapter in an ongoing feud between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Success CEO Eva Moskowitz, and one of Moskowitz’s only public losses.
By the numbers
January 11, 2016
New York City’s graduation rate hits 70 percent for first time
Since 2005, the city's graduation rate has improved by 24 points, though black and Hispanic students still lag far behind their white and Asian counterparts.
Updated July 17, 2015
Here are the 62 New York City schools that could be taken over by outside groups
Most, but not all, of the schools are a part of the city's own high-profile turnaround initiative.
December 22, 2014
After 40 years, official in charge of Office of Safety and Youth Development to retire
The official who has overseen the Department of Education’s Office of Safety and Youth Development for the last decade is preparing to leave the department.
August 26, 2014
On her tour of city schools, Fariña takes a hands-on approach
Between January and May, Fariña officially stepped inside more than 70 different schools, according to meeting and school-visit schedules that were recently released to Chalkbeat. Together, interviews with Fariña and principals she met with paint a picture of her preferred leadership methods: keeping a low public profile while focusing intently on instruction and school-level leadership.
Shelby County Schools
June 12, 2014
Memphis educators look to build rating system to help parents better navigate schools
Before the start of the 2015-16 school year, Shelby County Schools plans to create a "school performance framework," aimed at helping parents and students understand how their schools are doing and navigate the increasing number of choices in the district.
June 17, 2013
Better news for city on college readiness, but wide gap remains
Chart Like the other large school districts in the state, New York City saw its graduation rate decline last year. But it bucked the trend when it came to graduates' preparedness for college, posting an increase where the other districts did not.
June 17, 2013
And here’s the grad rate data the city wants you to see
Link: And here’s the grad rate data the city wants you to see Among the points that the Department of Education is emphasizing: Graduation…
May 22, 2012
Proposed rules for new Race to the Top pose issues for NYC
In the beginning, there were charter schools, data systems, and teacher evaluations. Then, there was early childhood education. And now, the Obama administration wants to reward individual school districts for tailoring their offerings to individual students. "Personalized education" is the emphasis for the U.S. Department of Education's third iteration of Race to the Top, a competitive grants program that launched in 2009. New York State won $700 million in the first year after legislators approved new teacher evaluation requirements and allowed more charter schools to open. It's an approach the city has embraced for years, providing data tools for schools to zoom in on each student's weaknesses and creating an "Innovation Zone" that allows schools to restructure their space and time in a bid for stronger scores. The principal of Olympus Academy, an Innovation Zone school that allows students to progress at their own pace, appeared in Washington, D.C., today as part of the competition announcement. But some of the federal government's proposed eligibility criteria — including a requirement that school board members undergo formal evaluations — could make it tough for the city to qualify for the grants. Large cities could receive up to $25 million, or about .1 percent of the city Department of Education's annual operating budget. Perhaps most crucially, the city and its teachers union have spectacularly failed to adopt new teacher evaluations, despite commitments set out in the state's first Race to the Top bid and in an application for a different federal program, School Improvement Grants. The latest competition requires that districts commit to having new evaluations in place by the 2014-2015 school year.
July 30, 2008
Scale score data released for NYC ELA and Math tests
After some back and forth between bloggers and the DOE press office, NYC has released scale scores and standard deviations broken down…
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