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Upper West Side
May 17, 2018
Controversial integration plan for Upper West Side middle schools changes, but it’s unclear whether more parents will get on board
“Here’s the problem: Maybe instead of there being four desirable middle schools, there should be fifteen."
May 7, 2018
Asked about a ‘divisive’ tweet about segregation, Carranza directs an Upper West Side parent to implicit bias training
During his first appearance on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, Carranza did not back down from the debate or apologize for his tweet.
April 30, 2018
Meet the NYC principal in the spotlight for defending desegregation against angry parents
Zymeck has spent his 26-year teaching career entirely at the Computer School, becoming an educator later in life after working on Wall Street and as a legal assistant.
April 30, 2018
Chancellor Carranza apologizes for not tweeting more carefully, but won’t back down on desegregation
"Here I am in my first month actually engaging in this conversation.”
August 30, 2017
Will a brand new building help integrate an Upper West Side school? P.S. 191 is about to find out.
Manhattan’s P.S. 191 will start the school year with a new building, a new name and new educational programs. The question is whether…
May 11, 2017
Mayor de Blasio: I can’t ‘wipe away 400 years of American history’ in diversifying schools
After promising a “bigger vision” for creating more diverse schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday seemed to temper expectations for the city’s soon-to-be-released plan…
on the move
January 19, 2017
City panel approves controversial move of P.S. 452, part of Upper West Side rezoning
The debate over moving P.S. 452 fueled a larger conversation about school segregation on the Upper West Side.
November 22, 2016
Finally, a school rezoning plan for the Upper West Side is approved
After months of debate, the District 3 Community Education Council approved a controversial plan to alleviate overcrowding and integrate schools on the Upper West Side.
November 22, 2016
Lawyer for Lincoln Towers residents blasts Department of Education over Upper West Side rezoning
In a letter sent to city officials, the attorney, Matthew Delforte, wrote that the parents still have concerns about the process and the data used to draw up the plan.
November 9, 2016
City unveils long-awaited rezoning proposal for the Upper West Side — and a new plan for schools in Harlem
The Department of Education's final proposal to rezone schools on the Upper West Side is sure to be controversial.
October 24, 2016
Parent group says Upper West Side rezoning proposal violated open meetings laws
A parent coalition says the Community Education Council in District 3 did not have authority to draft its own rezoning proposal.
October 19, 2016
Drowned out of Upper West Side rezoning battle, desegregation advocates fight for a broader plan
"We don’t want it to be taken off the table. We don’t want rezoning to be the end result.”
October 18, 2016
Rebuffing city’s plans, local education council offers its own vision for controversial Upper West Side rezoning
“We intend to control our own fate. We will not have a plan dictated to us by the Department of Education, by City Hall."
September 29, 2016
New diversity plans, same disputes in Upper West Side school rezoning
One school may implement a diversity plan for admissions, but parents who would be zoned out of high-performing P.S. 199 continue to push back.
September 19, 2016
Upper West Side parents still fighting rezoning plan that would diversify schools
The city has drawn up another plan to relieve overcrowding and integrate Upper West Side schools, but parents still need to be won over.
speaking of segregation
August 10, 2016
Mayor Bill de Blasio promises ‘bigger vision’ for promoting school diversity, but offers few specifics
“So to folks who say we want to see more, I understand where they are coming from and my simple answer is: you’re going to see more,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
another point of view
June 27, 2016
Parents who support controversial Upper West Side school move: ‘We welcome the idea of rezoning’
Chalkbeat recently reported on the coordinated campaign mounted by some parents to block the plan. But not all P.S. 452 parents are in their camp.
June 21, 2016
Behind the scenes, parents mount coordinated campaign to block Upper West Side rezoning
On June 3, parents at P.S. 452 on the Upper West Side received an online survey about the city’s plan to move their school from…
June 16, 2016
Latest Upper West Side rezoning battle renews debate over how best to integrate schools
This week marked the second time in less than a year that parents on the sharply segregated Upper West Side gathered in droves to protest…
sorting the students
Updated March 1, 2016
On the Upper West Side, a radical plan to desegregate schools faces an uphill climb
Advocates want to abolish the school zones in Manhattan's District 3 in a bid to boost diversity, but some parent leaders are skeptical.
November 18, 2015
City postpones controversial plan to rezone two Upper West Side schools
The city postponed a contentious rezoning proposal Wednesday on the Upper West Side, extending a months long saga over two deeply divided schools.
October 29, 2015
On Upper West Side, Fariña says school integration can’t be forced on parents
Chancellor Carmen Fariña said during a town hall meeting that while diversity benefits all students, integration should not be forced on communities.
November 22, 2011
At Upper West Success charter, diversity that mirrors the district
Eva Moskowitz says that each of the charter schools she runs will always look exactly the same, from their robotics labs to their chess rooms to their classrooms filled with wooden blocks. There's just one significant difference at Upper West Success Academy, which opened this year on Manhattan's Upper West Side under a steady drumbeat of opposition from community members. “Our schools in Harlem and the Bronx are far less diverse,” Moskowitz said today, speaking to reporters on a tour of the first-year charter school. Enrollment at Upper West Success mirrors that of District 3, according to data provided by the school: The kindergarten and first grade student body is 35 percent white or Asian, 49 percent are black or Latino and 16 percent multiracial. About 40 percent qualify for free or reduced lunch. English language learners make up 5 percent of students and 12 percent of students receive special education services, officials said. The racial and socioeconomic diversity of students at Upper West provides a stark contrast to the student bodies at other school in the Success Network in Harlem, the South Bronx, and Bedford-Stuyvesant, neighborhoods that have high concentrations of poor black and Latino residents. Moskowitz is hoping the diversity will attract parents in District 15, a similarly diverse district, to enroll at her network's new school next year. Seated in a kindergarten-sized chair in an empty classroom today, Moskowitz told reporters that she has been giving tours of Upper West Success to hundreds of parents from Brooklyn's District 15.
November 24, 2010
As charter apps trickle in, Upper West Side debates demand
Hundreds of families have submitted early-bird applications to the newest charter school in Eva Moskowitz's chain, which so far lacks a home but has seen no shortage of controversy. Upper West Success Academy reports that 357 families have filed applications since the school was approved last month. Two-thirds live in District 3, the diverse and relatively wealthy district stretching from 59th Street to 122nd Street on the West Side of Manhattan where the school will be located. "Given that every great elementary school on the Upper West Side is overcrowded and the terrific private schools cost more than $30,000 a year, it's hardly surprising that Upper West Side parents are lining up for a high performing charter school," Moskowitz said in a statement. Her organization is also touting the results of a phone poll that found 70 percent of neighborhood parents would support the school opening in the area. When told that the school would share space with another public school, support dropped to 59 percent. But applications from 269 district families and a poll of 300 households does not "demand" make, according to parent leaders who are pushing back against the school. They say the city would do better to invest in existing schools rather than to carve out space for a charter school.
February 3, 2009
Shrugs, sadness as Brandeis High School learns it will be closed
Brandeis High School will phase out beginning this year. Few were surprised today when Department of Education officials descended on the Upper West Side's Louis Brandeis High School to inform staff that the long-struggling school has been slated to close. For years, the school has been among the lowest-performing in the city, with a four-year graduation rate of just 33 percent. This year Brandeis received a D on its DOE progress report, used to evaluate how much students are improving. By the time teachers and staff gathered today in the school's basement auditorium for a 3 p.m. meeting, most appeared to know why they were there. One teacher told me that rumors had spread through the building all afternoon. "There's been talking ever since we had gotten our progress report," said another teacher, Tara Bernard, a speech pathologist who has worked at the school for four years. "We've been waiting for the other shoe to drop for years," said another teacher as he left the building. But some students said they thought the school was improving. A ninth-grader told me he heard the school had problems, but he hadn't experienced them. And an older student said the school had fewer fights than in the past. Bernard, the speech pathologist, said the school had been relatively stable in her four years working there.
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