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September 5, 2018
Mayor de Blasio says fate of 50 turnaround schools will be decided this year
“We expect a lot of those schools to graduate out,” de Blasio said. “But ultimately this is the year to decide what happens with all of them.”
July 26, 2018
A small Brooklyn school that the city wants to close will remain open next year
The lawsuit argues that the city’s decision to close the school was illegal because the local parent council did not vote on the decision.
June 26, 2018
Memphis charter school closes after one year because of issues with nonprofit status, enrollment
Legacy Leadership Academy leaders decided to close the elementary school due to low enrollment and issues with the charter organization's nonprofit status.
‘It feels like losing a family’
May 24, 2018
This Memphis poetry team is the best in the state. But they will scatter as their school closes.
A student poetry team at GRAD Academy Memphis was named the best high school poetry team in Tennessee this month. But they will scatter to different schools after GRAD closes.
while you were sleeping
April 26, 2018
Bronx transfer school is shuttered after late-night vote, a first for Chancellor Carranza
Chancellor Richard Carranza’s introduction to New York City continued Wednesday with an eight hour meeting in which teachers and students desperately pled for their school…
April 23, 2018
Wadleigh middle school is safe — for now — after Harlem community rallied to stop its closure
The education department pulled its proposal to cut Wadleigh’s middle school grades, but will begin laying the groundwork to combine middle schools in the building.
sorting the students
March 27, 2018
Facing closure, some Memphis parents hope to form K-8 school, but others aren’t sold
Shelby County Schools officials had hoped that a proposal generated by parents would help win support from others since parents rarely support closing a school.
March 2, 2018
After postponed closure vote, High School for Health Careers and Sciences will stay open
In the bustle of Thursday’s surprising New York City education news, one change that affects hundreds of city families went under the radar.
March 1, 2018
In stunning rebuke, oversight board rejects two of de Blasio’s school closure plans
An oversight board rejected two of the de Blasio administration’s proposed school closures and voted to postpone a third after an emotional hearing…
February 26, 2018
Ahead of school closure vote, New York City families protest and anxiously await new options
It’s the largest single round of closures since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014.
February 5, 2018
A Brooklyn school on the chopping block will get one more chance to improve
Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city would give Brooklyn Collegiate: A College Board School a one-year reprieve, citing community pressure.
February 1, 2018
Rocketship becomes latest charter network to pull the plug on Tennessee’s Achievement School District
The California-based organization announces plans to close Partners Community Prep in Nashville, just months after the school opened.
January 8, 2018
Highest-performing state-run high school to close due to ‘sustainability challenges’
GRAD Academy announced Monday that it would close its high school located in South Memphis at the end of this school year.
December 19, 2017
‘We weren’t surprised’: Students react with a weary shrug to city’s plans to close Bronx school where boy was fatally stabbed
Students at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation learned Monday that the city plans to close their school after this year.
Week In Review
June 9, 2017
Week in review: A morning in a crowded classroom and 13 other things you should know about Detroit education
There was a lot to read about Detroit schools this week including our peek inside a Detroit classroom where 37…
June 5, 2017
Denver is trying to involve the community more in its school closure process. It hasn’t been easy.
"It’s going to be really hard to find community members who are interested in serving who don’t have a tie to the schools or to the applicants.”
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.
February 14, 2017
Hopson now wants to invest in struggling Memphis schools instead of just closing them
The superintendent identifies 11 schools that will get their own “treatment plans” under a new model for addressing academics, building needs and enrollment.
February 3, 2017
Inside the rocky rollout of Denver Public Schools’ new school closure policy
“The process, as you have aptly described, was flawed,” one school board member said at a public meeting.
January 20, 2017
At rancorous meeting, Denver school board stands by decision to close school but questions process
“We didn’t give this community the very best the district has to offer,” one board member said.
January 12, 2017
Three big questions as de Blasio’s school turnaround program approaches the three-year mark
"What’s the threshold for deciding if the growth is sufficient?"
Making a case
January 10, 2017
Supporters of Denver’s Gilpin Montessori School push school board to reverse closure decision
They questioned Gilpin’s score on a recent quality review.
January 9, 2017
It’s official: The city confirms plans to close or merge nine Renewal schools next year
Sixteen of 94 original Renewal schools have been closed or consolidated.
December 22, 2016
With no one willing to run it, Klondike will be first to close in Achievement School District
No one has stepped up to take over an ASD school that lost its management, meaning that Klondike Preparatory Academy Elementary will likely close this year.
year in review
December 22, 2016
Five stories that shaped Memphis public schools in 2016
From school closures to enrollment wars and collaboration with charter schools, here are some of the major storylines in Memphis education in 2016.
Achievement School District
December 20, 2016
KIPP to pull out of school under Tennessee’s turnaround district
KIPP Memphis Collegiate Schools will exit its south Memphis middle school due to under-enrollment and its remote location.
December 19, 2016
How Westhaven Elementary — which combined three schools in a new building — may be the new model for closing schools in Memphis
Westhaven opened this fall in a new building in a model that's designed to address district challenges with academics, enrollment and aging buildings.
December 16, 2016
City plans to close struggling Bronx middle school that faced threat of state takeover
City officials say they want to open a new school in its place in time for the 2017-18 school year with a dual-language and STEM program.
December 6, 2016
Hopson warns of ‘disheartening’ TNReady scores while board orders hearings on closing schools
Shelby County's superintendent says the soon-to-be-released scores should galvanize the district to address "underutilized, poor-performing schools."
November 29, 2016
Vote on Memphis school closures, construction won’t come until new year
Board members agreed that more time is needed for community discussion on the superintendent's proposal to close seven schools and build three others.
November 17, 2016
Did Hopson jump the gun on proposing more school closures? Some Memphians think so.
The chief of Shelby County Schools announced his proposal ahead of releasing reports intended to guide major decisions about the district's future.
October 28, 2016
These four Denver schools could face closure after years of poor performance
School ratings released Thursday put four schools at risk under a new DPS school closure policy.
September 30, 2016
Beginning with Children, charter school pioneer, rededicates old building
Beginning with Children 2 will be housed at 11 Bartlett Street, an old Pfizer headquarters building where the foundation opened its eponymous first school.
September 30, 2016
School closures and new routes leave Memphis kids with longer routes, worried drivers
The district changed its bus routes this year, cutting roughly 100 routes to save money.
September 20, 2016
Analysis: Memphis students from closed schools don’t always go to better ones
Up to 2,600 Memphis students leaving 10 closed schools since 2012 were assigned to schools with similar, if not worse, test scores, according to a Chalkbeat analysis.
August 29, 2016
Four charts reveal what Americans think about the biggest education fights, including school closures and opt out
There is no consensus on what schools are for in the first place.
July 19, 2016
Hopson recommends two alternative schools for vacant Carver High building
Under the proposal, about 300 students from MLK Transition and Southwest Prep academies would form a new school in the Carver building.
July 6, 2016
Supporters of shuttered Memphis Carver High not giving up yet
Attorneys from Apperson Crump talk with school supporters about a potential lawsuit against Shelby County's school board.
April 20, 2016
Education panel signs off on closure of Bronx high school, after facing rare criticism
Some criticized the administration for closing the Bronx Foreign Language Academy of Global Studies instead of continuing efforts to reinvigorate it.
March 30, 2015
South Memphis school scheduled for charter transition instead will close
Days after charter operator YES Prep backed out its plan to begin operating a struggling Memphis school this August, leaders with Shelby County Schools announce they will close the school.
a second look
October 23, 2014
Two years after escaping closure, a Bronx high school works to improve
Two years after a proposal to close Alfred E. Smith CTE High School was nixed, the school's principal has worked to increase attendance rates and morale, while still facing a number of big challenges common to low-performing schools.
May 30, 2014
What I learned from four years of fighting for the city’s ‘scariest’ schools
An unlikely parent advocate explains why she chose to work in schools slated for closure—and what she learned from the students and teachers who stuck it out.
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