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June 2, 2018
After long wait, de Blasio backs plan to overhaul admissions at New York City’s elite high schools
After sustained pressure from advocates, Mayor Bill de Blasio is backing a two-step plan to reform admissions at eight of the city’s elite high schools.
June 9, 2016
Getting black and Hispanic students into specialized schools remains a challenge, even for programs designed to help
A program to promote diversity at the city's specialized schools is actually is helping more white and Asian students get into those schools.
February 10, 2009
Charter school principal: I don't "cream" my students. Do you?
Among those who have commented on Elizabeth’s post about journalist Jay Mathews’ seven KIPP myths are one of the charter school chain’s most vocal…
February 5, 2009
More students admitted to LaGuardia in specialized HS round
Offers of admission by borough. Data from the Department of Education More than 6,000 eighth- and ninth-graders got good news today: offers of admission to one of the city's nine specialized high schools. For the 23,000 other students who took the Specialized High School Admission Test last October, the wait to find out about what school they'll attend this fall will continue until the end of next month. They'll find out where they've been accepted at the same time as the tens of thousands of eighth graders who did not try to get into one of the city's most elite schools. At eight city schools, including Stuyvesant and Bronx Science, admission is based on students' scores on the ultracompetitive Specialized High Schools Admission Test, which 29,000 eighth- and ninth-graders took last October. Admission to the ninth school, LaGuardia, depends on music or art auditions and grades. More than 100 more students were offered spots at LaGuardia this year, 1,041 compared to 936 last year. The school is graduating a larger-than-normal class this June and so extended more offers of admission than it has in the past, according to Andrew Jacob, a Department of Education spokesman.
January 26, 2009
Micah Lasher, a Stuy alum, takes over as DOE's chief lobbyist
Meet the Department of Education's new chief lobbyist, Micah Lasher. At the Post's Daily Politics blog, Liz Benjamin reports that Lasher, a 27-year-old political whiz kid fresh off a stint in Rep. Jerry Nadler's office, is now the DOE's executive director of public affairs. That's the position held by Terence Tolbert until his sudden death at the beginning of November while he was on leave working for the Obama campaign in Nevada. Lasher has already updated his Facebook profile (above) to reflect his new job. As the DOE's top lobbyist, Lasher is now responsible for pushing the DOE's agenda in Albany. At the top of that agenda, of course, is convincing lawmakers to preserve mayoral control before the 2002 law giving control of the city schools to the mayor expires at the end of June. Lasher will also have to work some magic if the city's schools are to escape relatively unscathed in this year's budget fight. (Fortunately, he has experience working magic; he published a book on the subject when he was just 14.)
December 8, 2008
Inspired by a Chicago example, songs in the key of the DOE
The Chicago Public Schools employee in charge of running a Web site for the district’s alumni recently created an iTunes mix featuring music by…
November 24, 2008
Rise & Shine: Monday, 11/24
IN NEW YORK: Schools graded D’s and F’s are more likely to have large black and Latino populations. (Daily News) To stop cheating, Stuyvesant…
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