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December 17, 2014
Success Academy seeks in-house ethnographer to study its schools
The Success Academy charter school network is looking to hire an in-house researcher to conduct “ethnographic fieldwork” across its 32 schools and its network offices.
November 14, 2014
Sidestepping cap issue, independent charters to push for facilities funding
Next Tuesday, charter-school advocates will call for the state to provide facilities funding for existing schools, setting the stage for one piece of the sector’s upcoming fight for more favorable legislation.
the game is the game
October 30, 2014
Success Academy charter schools among first to be audited by comptroller
Success Academy Charter Schools, the 32-schools-and-growing charter management organization, is among the schools that Scott Stringer announced that he will audit.
October 24, 2014
To improve teaching, give teachers collaboration time, not just pre-made lessons
Education professor Sharon Dotger argues that teachers need more than a reduced lesson-planning burden to improve — they need time and techniques to examine what worked and didn’t work in their classrooms.
October 8, 2014
SUNY green-lights 17 more city charter schools, 14 for Success Academy
SUNY unanimously signed off on 17 additional charter schools set to open over the next two years. Fourteen of the charters went to Success Academy, the city's largest and most controversial network. The other three charters went to Achievement First, a Brooklyn-based network of schools.
October 6, 2014
Success Academy teachers don’t plan their lessons, and other teachers shouldn’t either
District high school teacher Sherry Lewkowicz: Success Academy schools see the foolishness of having teachers, on a daily basis, reinventing the wheel—otherwise known as lesson planning. It’s time traditional public schools admit the same.
October 2, 2014
At rally, charter advocates push de Blasio on low-performing schools
Last year, thousands of charter school parents and advocates ratcheted up pressure on Mayor Bill de Blasio to move quickly to improve the city’s struggling schools.
September 30, 2014
Moskowitz offers training for district school principals, and city offers praise
Eva Moskowitz earned rare praise from the de Blasio administration on Tuesday after she invited city principals to a training day sponsored by her charter school network next month.
the new space wars
September 4, 2014
De Blasio lays out vision for charter school co-location rules
In his most expansive remarks on charter schools since March, the mayor said he would will soon set a “clear standard” for charter schools that want co-located space. He indicated that he could try to measure schools by how they serve high-needs students, their student retention rates, and even how much they “teach to the test.”
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.
July 23, 2014
11 city charter hopefuls move to next round of application process
An all-boys school, a school that offers the International Baccalaureate diploma, and a Staten Island high school for students at risk of dropping out are among 11 prospective New York City charter schools that the State Education Department invited this month to submit full applications to open in 2015.
Politics & Policy
July 1, 2014
NYC charter schools join national coalition aimed at de-segregating sector
Charter schools are seeking to change the narrative that they’re part of the problem when it comes to segregation in public schools. Two New York City charter…
charter school expansion
June 10, 2014
Success Academy plans to continue rapid expansion with 14 charter applications
Success Academy Charter Schools announced it is moving ahead with plans to expand their reach across the city.
Third time's the charm
May 6, 2014
City council members criticize charter schools at hearing, though few networks attend
Discipline was just one of a long list of concerns City Council members raised at Tuesday’s twice-postponed oversight hearing on charter schools.
Slamming the Exam
May 1, 2014
At Success Academy schools, high-octane test prep leaves nothing to chance
The Success Academy charter school network outperforms many other schools on the state exams. It goes to great lengths to achieve those results.
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