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April 17, 2018
New York City’s finance watchdog demands answers on $600 million school turnaround program
The comptroller’s probe comes at a precarious moment for the program.
Updated December 18, 2017
New York City moves to close 14 struggling schools, including site of Bronx stabbing
It's Mayor Bill de Blasio’s most aggressive effort to date to shutter struggling schools.
October 26, 2017
‘Everything you got’: How a Bronx principal is trying to restore hope to a once-troubled school, one student at a time
A day in the life of Asya Johnson, the principal tasked with transforming Longwood Preparatory Academy in the South Bronx.
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 7, 2017
From a preschool to a struggling school, Mayor de Blasio helps city kick off a new school year
Dispatches from the mayor and chancellor's citywide school tour on the first day of the 2017-18 academic year.
August 22, 2017
Mayor de Blasio: More Renewal schools will face closure this year
Five Renewal schools were targeted for closure earlier this year.
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.
An education U-turn
June 21, 2017
Shut out but scraping by: Inside the struggling schools excluded from New York City’s biggest improvement efforts
Many schools are left to cobble together their own supports -- with varying degrees of success.
February 14, 2017
Little mention of education in de Blasio’s ‘State of the City’ address
"It was curiously flat in terms of education."
moving the goalposts?
January 26, 2017
New York City is now focusing on academic progress at its lowest-performing schools. Here’s why some experts say that’s a problem.
"What they’re really saying is that schools should be showing outcomes in the second year of implementation, which is not realistic."
out of the loop
December 15, 2016
As education officials negotiate the fate of a Bronx middle school, ‘everything is up in the air’
It's not clear whether the school will be closed, merged, or taken over by an outside entity.
December 13, 2016
The only school in New York threatened with a takeover by state officials may soon learn its fate
Whether it will be closed or taken over by an outside manager remains to be seen.
December 5, 2016
At some Renewal schools, the city’s new ‘challenge’ targets require only tiny improvements
Thirty schools only have to improve average math or reading scores by .01 points.
Voice of dissent
November 30, 2016
Principal union chief says he ‘isn’t impressed’ with progress at city’s Renewal schools
It's not the first time the union leader has criticized the city's high-profile turnaround program.
meet the new bosses
Updated July 25, 2016
City picks new leaders for two of its most troubled high schools: Boys and Girls and Automotive
Grecian Harrison, a Bronx assistant principal, will take over Brooklyn's Boys and Girls HS. Kevin Bryant, a Brooklyn principal, will lead Automotive.
Summer in the city
June 30, 2016
One in five students at struggling schools forced to attend summer school
About 19 percent of students in the city's low-performing "Renewal" schools must attend summer schools, compared to 6 percent citywide.
June 14, 2016
As 12 early community schools face funding cuts, advocates question city’s long-term commitment
In New York City, an unexpected fight has flared up between proponents of social service-filled “community schools” and the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio,…
June 7, 2016
How one ‘Renewal’ school is trying to reach high-needs students by making classes harder
“Looking back, I was standing at the edge of this cliff and I’m glad someone pushed me,” said assistant principal Jason Rosenbaum.
modeling a merger
May 25, 2016
How one Bronx campus is using a merger to create a ‘new’ school
A new twist on the de Blasio administration’s strategy of merging struggling schools is to create a new school in the process.
closure number 4
February 25, 2016
Fariña announces plans to close a struggling Bronx high school
Citing its low enrollment and a graduation rate that has hovered around 45 percent, city officials said they want to close Foreign Language Academy of Global Studies.
Updated December 14, 2015
In a first, Chancellor Fariña will move to close three struggling district schools
The city wants Peace Academy Middle School, The School for the Urban Environment, and Foundations Academy to close at the end of the year.
December 8, 2015
After criticism, city publishes Renewal goals, arguing they top state targets
The city released its goals for the 94 struggling schools in its “Renewal” program Monday, along with data showing the goals exceed some state targets.
rhetoric and realism
December 3, 2015
Renewal schools get three years to meet one-year goals, clashing with mayor’s rhetoric
The goals raise questions about the extent and pace of change that education officials expect to result from the nearly $400 million turnaround program.
By the numbers
December 1, 2015
Often cited by officials, ‘Renewal’ school goals are hard to find
The city has refused to release one-page goal lists that it gave 94 struggling schools this spring. Instead, it has pointed parents to lengthy improvement plans online.
the bigger picture
September 30, 2015
Q&A with Automotive High’s principal: ‘There’s always pressure in this building’
Automotive students "suffer from a tremendous degree of ambivalence about what school has to offer them," Principal Caterina Lafergola says.
September 11, 2015
At a Bronx campus, Renewal program takes shape with new school year
A Bronx campus with three Renewal schools started the new year with a revitalized building — both aesthetically and with new academic initiatives and social services.
August 13, 2015
Test scores highlight the challenge ahead for city’s ‘Renewal’ turnaround program
Many Renewal schools made minor gains, and some pulled many students out of the lowest score bracket. But scores remain low, and the state is watching closely.
August 4, 2015
After Renewal program takes shape, $150M price tag becomes $400M
The latest numbers suggest that the plan will cost far more originally announced and that the administration is willing to invest heavily to boost its odds of success.
focus on stem
June 15, 2015
Fariña: New science guidelines on the way
The new guidelines reflect Fariña’s interest in the specifics of the instruction taking place in city classrooms.
June 6, 2015
Extra hour for struggling schools faces union pushback, scheduling challenges
Seven months after Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to extend the day by an hour at 94 low-performing schools, the city is facing backlash from the principals union.
you've got mail
May 15, 2015
At a struggling school, an anonymous letter to a new principal sparks a backlash
The letter said Principal Neil Ganesh had "obliterated" trust and "bullied" staffers at Richmond Hill High School in Queens.
April 9, 2015
For some schools, a spot on Cuomo’s ‘failing’ list but not in city’s Renewal program
Among more than 70 city schools that could face receivership under a new state law, nearly 20 are not part of the city's "Renewal" improvement program.
March 10, 2015
Facing pressure to show results, de Blasio points to changes at some Renewal schools
Boys and Girls High School and other long-struggling schools have made progress in the first few months of the turnaround program, officials said.
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