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October 2, 2017
Nearly 78,000 New York City students switched schools in a single year, report finds
About 9 percent of students transferred schools in the 2014-15 school year, while 84 percent stayed put.
Transfer of power
September 26, 2016
In a shift, new rules make it easier for New York City students to switch schools
Parents can now request a new school for their child if he or she “is not progressing or achieving academically or socially.”
the starting line
September 3, 2015
With school year approaching, enrollment centers work to meet families’ needs
Snapshots from one of the temporary registration centers filled with students and their parents looking to find a seat in a New York City school.
January 15, 2015
Lawmaker wants school districts to share services
Indiana has so many school districts, even in sparsely populated counties, that lawmakers looking to save state dollars today discussed a proposal for grants to…
November 6, 2014
At Boys and Girls HS, struggling students urged to transfer, sources say
Students who are unlikely to graduate on time have been urged to transfer out of Boys and Girls HS since a new principal took over, sources say. Principals at other low-performing schools have also advised lagging students to leave.
August 30, 2013
Ten stories from the flood of new faces entering NYC's schools
Iken Ude-Smith and Corbit Smith, outside an enrollment center in Brooklyn, where they hoped to select Iken's school. Every summer, thousands of children scattered across the city don't have a school to attend in the fall. Beginning this week, and continuing through the beginning of the school year, many of these students will start figuring out what their best options are and find themselves flooding to hubs designed to help them. The sorting happens at nine pop-up enrollment centers housed in school basements and auditoriums, where Department of Education officials and volunteers sift through documents, check for seats in the city’s 1,700 schools, and listen to new students’ histories and needs. It's a process designed to deal with the unique transience of New York City's public school population, which annually includes about 50,000 students who enroll in city schools “over the counter” — or after regular enrollment deadlines. We met families at last year's enrollment centers. Now, here are some of the new faces from this year:
December 6, 2012
City moves to make transfers easier for high school students
Students with long travel times to school may soon find it easier to learn close to home. For years, the city has not allowed students to transfer high schools because of travel time unless their commute is longer than 90 minutes. But the Department of Education wants to reduce the required length by 15 minutes, according to a proposed rule change that was released today. In another proposed rule change, students who seek to switch schools for safety reasons will no longer have to justify their request with a police report. Instead, according to the proposal, the department will consider transfer requests from students who are bullied or harassed at school. Advocates praised the proposals, which face a school board vote later this month. It will also be welcome news for students whose long commute times were not enough to qualify for a transfer under existing department policies. "I think a 90-minute commute is unrealistic," said Insideschools editor Clara Hemphill. Many students voluntarily commute long distances to attend schools of their choice, "but to require them to do it ridiculous."
March 9, 2011
Baseball player's tale highlights challenge of switching schools
Buried in a New York Times article about the suspension of George Washington High School's famed baseball coach is a reminder of the steep challenge students face when trying to switch high schools. Fernelys Sanchez was admitted to Lehman High School in the Bronx but wanted to play baseball for George Washington's winning team, the Times reports. So he moved into his father's apartment in Washington Heights. Then he tried — for more than a year before he succeeded — to win a transfer. But a policy shift over the last several years means that the city's system of school choice largely closes off once students are in high school. “For whatever reason, it has become increasingly difficult, almost impossible, to get a transfer to another regular high school,” Pamela Wheaton of Insideschools told me two years ago. City officials say it's not educationally sound for students to change high schools unless they absolutely have to. The city gives three reasons students can transfer from one high school to another: a long commute, a safety risk, or a health issue. Sanchez's family said he tried all of them:
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