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August 20, 2018
Richard Carranza’s back-to-school checklist: less paperwork, clearer lines of responsibility, and a hard look at gifted programs
Richard Carranza jokes that his colleagues must be tired of hearing him ask the same questions. Four months into his role…
June 19, 2018
Inside a Bronx middle school where students rarely apply to attend specialized high schools
If the plan becomes a reality, schools such as New Venture theoretically have the most to gain. But the proposal would do little to solve the most entrenched challenges that have kept students from schools such as New Venture out of specialized high schools for so long.
March 6, 2018
De Blasio’s flagship school improvement effort loses its leader — to Carmen Fariña’s pet project
Aimee Horowitz, who has spearheaded the city's high-profile turnaround program, has taken a new role in the city's education department.
season of searching
December 19, 2017
Plans to shutter schools will force more than 400 New York City teachers to search for new jobs
What’s next for those teachers depends on the city’s plans for their schools -- and whether principals want to hire them.
December 18, 2017
With new ‘Rise’ schools, de Blasio tiptoes through a school-closure minefield
For some schools, Monday’s announcement was a long-awaited boost. Twenty-one schools were named Rise schools, a new designation meant to indicate their progress.
October 19, 2017
The entire staffs at two troubled New York City high schools must reapply for their jobs
Teachers and other staffers at Flushing High School in Queens and DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx will have to reapply this spring.
September 25, 2017
With a new school year underway, hundreds of teaching positions remain unfilled in New York City
Hundreds of schools are missing teachers and support staff two weeks into the school year, with many of the openings in high-poverty districts and struggling…
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August 30, 2017
Suspensions, evaluations and the Absent Teacher Reserve: What a new union boss has on his mind
This September, Mark Cannizzaro will become president of the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators.
August 22, 2017
New York’s state test scores are coming out today. Here’s what we’ll be watching for.
Because the tests themselves held steady between 2016 and 2017, the test scores will provide a brief glimpse into whether students are making progress.
March 3, 2015
SUNY offers new details of UFT Charter’s troubles; recommends denying New Hope’s appeal
The UFT Charter School met just one of 38 academic goals last year, even as it struggled to serve sufficient numbers of high-needs students.
December 7, 2012
UFT Charter School makes its case as renewal decision nears
Students from the the UFT Charter School spoke in support of the school's charter renewal Thursday night. The reviewers who will help decide the UFT Charter School's fate have seen the data, observed classroom instruction and studied its operations. On Thursday night, they heard from students, teachers and parents. “It hasn’t always been easy,” said Brian C. Saunders, speaking about his autistic eighth grade son, who has been at the school since first grade. “Sometimes it’s been difficult, but along every step of the way he’s grown. He’s matured.” Saunder's son has a longer tenure than most of the adults in his school, which has undergone four leadership changes since 2009 and a turnover of 30 teachers in 2011. During and after those years of disarray, the school faltered, test scores plummeted, and was found to be in violation of federal law for providing inadequate services to students learning English, according to a report released earlier this year. School officials say that there is strong evidence that the school was improving and on Thursday Saunders and two dozen others spoke about those changes. "Numbers don't always tell the story," said board chair Evelyn DeJesus. It might not make much of a difference. In New York State, charter schools must get permission from their authorizing body when its charter expires, a term that lasts five years or less. The board of trustees of the State University of New York, which originally authorized the school to open in 2005, will make its decision early next year. Renewal decisions are "heavily based on academic results," according to the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, which makes recommendations to the board.
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