Rise & Shine: In a first, Board of Regents reject 2 proposed charter schools; NYC gets 5
The state Board of Regents made a little history at their meeting Monday: They rejected two charter school applications, which was the first time they've done so, according to the state education department, which vets applications before they go to the board for a final vote. However, the board still approved five other charter applications, all for New York City.
At the same time, the board started to piece together its budget requests for next school year. Among the new requests is a program to cut down on school bullying. But all this comes as the state faces a looming budget crisis.
YES AND NO The state Board of Regents on Monday approved five new charter schools for New York City, but rejected two other proposed charters — the first time the board has shot down new charters, which the state education department had already signed off on. Chalkbeat
BUDGET PREVIEW Here are four things to know about how the Requests are hoping to spend billions in state education funding next year, even as a large deficit looms. Chalkbeat
A FOR EFFORT Parent involvement in city schools improved last year, with more parents attending teacher conferences, workshops, and meetings at schools. New York Daily News
SIDE EFFECT A number of private and independent colleges in New York saw declines in enrollment this year, which a report attributes to a new state scholarship program that offers free tuition at public colleges to thousands of students. Politico
STEEP CLIMB A program aimed at getting more men of color to teach in New York City schools faces recruitment and retention challenges. WNYC
ACTION ITEMS Opinion: Errol Louis says New Yorkers should push Mayor Bill de Blasio on issues that he’s been reluctant to address, including the lack of secular education in the city’s yeshivas and widespread segregation in the city’s public schools. New York Daily News
SUGGESTION BOX Opinion: In addition to tackling school segregation, de Blasio should also pursue more research-based strategies and help students with special needs transition from preschool to kindergarten. The 74
ANTI-ADMISSIONS REFORM Opinion: A parent at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, a grades 6-12 school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, argues that the city should not tamper with the school’s selective admissions policy, which she says is the key to its success. New York Daily News, Chalkbeat (Oct. 25)
FOLLOW THE MONEY Wealthy charter school backers have directed most of their money to a select number of states, including New York, where charter schools are better at raising test scores, according to a new study. Chalkbeat