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February 15, 2018
After deadly school shooting in Florida, NYC schools chief calls for classroom discussions about the ‘unthinkable’ tragedy
The assault weapon that was used to kill 17 people in a Florida school shooting is banned in New York.
January 23, 2018
Mayor de Blasio’s schools-chief search is shrouded in secrecy — but it doesn’t have to be
New York City's mayor could learn a lesson from school districts that conduct public superintendent searches.
January 17, 2018
What you should know about seven people who could be the next New York City schools chancellor
We’ve sorted through the rumors and political jockeying to handicap several contenders.
January 10, 2018
A possible hurdle as New York City searches for a new schools chief: low pay
Chancellor Carmen Fariña's base salary is nearly $235,000 this year, considerably less than the heads of many other large urban school systems.
no snow day
January 5, 2018
Nearly half of New York City students stayed home Friday following ‘bomb cyclone’ storm
"Parents can make a decision about whether to send their kid to school or not."
January 4, 2018
Once rare, snow days have become more common under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared five snow days during his four years in office -- as many as his predecessor ordered over 12 years.
December 22, 2017
‘She lived by that’: Carmen Fariña’s school-by-school theory of change inspired awe, but also doubt
Fariña’s fans see her school-level focus and faith in the perfectibility of the system as her greatest strength; to critics, it's a fatal flaw.
December 21, 2017
Here’s the retirement letter Chancellor Carmen Fariña sent to her staff this morning
Read Carmen Fariña's farewell address to the New York City school system, where she's worked for some 50 years.
December 21, 2017
Here’s how the New York City education world is responding to Carmen Fariña’s (re-)retirement
Even before New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña officially announced her impending resignation, reaction from all corners of the city’s education world began…
change at the top
December 20, 2017
Carmen Fariña is stepping down as New York City schools chief
Fariña has led the department since early 2014.
December 18, 2017
With enrollment likely to plummet, city moves to close Bronx school where student was fatally stabbed
City officials want to shutter the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation, along with 13 other schools.
December 18, 2017
New York City moves to close 14 struggling schools, including site of Bronx stabbing
It's Mayor Bill de Blasio’s most aggressive effort to date to shutter struggling schools.
November 2, 2017
Student injured in New York City terror attack returned to school the following day
“Teachers stayed until every child was home, until every parent got listened to, until everyone was deemed safe,” Chancellor Fariña said.
October 31, 2017
25 struggling New York City schools are safe from takeover, state officials say
Gov. Cuomo's office has previously expressed frustration that the State Education Department released many schools from the program.
October 30, 2017
After fatal Bronx school stabbing, New York City launches new anti-bullying programs
The $8 million suite of initiatives will include a new online bullying-reporting tool, staff trainings, and funding for LGBTQ student clubs.
October 23, 2017
Want your Brooklyn school to go meatless on Mondays? Here’s your chance.
"Cutting back a little on meat will help make our city healthier and our planet stronger."
October 12, 2017
Fariña: Low-performing ‘Renewal’ schools won’t be assigned educators from the Absent Teacher Reserve
Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced the policy Thursday, when she also promised not to place teachers with disciplinary problems in any school.
October 2, 2017
Anxious parents challenge de Blasio’s school safety efforts in wake of Bronx killing
The meeting was the first time de Blasio and Fariña publicly fielded questions from parents in the aftermath of last week's fatal stabbing.
September 27, 2017
The fatal stabbing in a Bronx classroom was horrific — but also extremely rare
One student has not killed another inside a school for 25 years, officials said.
September 20, 2017
Here’s what Carmen Fariña’s top deputies have on their plates this school year
Community schools, 3-K, and school diversity are all on the list.
September 18, 2017
In year three of New York City’s massive school turnaround program, the big question is: What’s next?
“Lots of people are experiencing it as the last of the three years.”
Lunch is served
September 12, 2017
Now that lunch is free for all New York City students: How many will eat it?
The projected increase is less than some advocates anticipated.
September 6, 2017
New York City unveils universal free lunch in time for the first day of school
The announcement fulfills a campaign promise from Mayor de Blasio.
September 5, 2017
Advocacy group gives de Blasio failing grades on NYC education report card
NYC Kids PAC has criticized his administration in its previous report cards.
August 31, 2017
New York City closes the door on Mayor Bloomberg’s boot camp for principals, marking end of an era
The Aspiring Principals Program has ended after a 14-year run.
good news bad news
August 17, 2017
New York City is sending fewer latecomer students to Renewal schools, but questions remain
It’s unclear if that policy change is making a significant difference on the ground.
End of an era
August 9, 2017
New York City to bring high-profile Teaching Fellows program in-house, ending role for nonprofit TNTP
The decision follows a similar plan to move training for aspiring principals in-house.
August 8, 2017
Critics say NYC’s progressive mayor isn’t doing enough to integrate schools. Here’s why he might be dragging his feet.
It was summer of 2016, and a school rezoning fight was raging on the Upper West Side. The battle over where kindergartners…
By the numbers
August 7, 2017
Highs and lows from New York City’s annual school surveys of parents, students and teachers
It’s hard to make year-to-year comparisons of the data because of changes to the questions and given responses.
August 4, 2017
Teach for America is sending more teachers into NYC this year — and it might have Donald Trump to thank
“People are realizing it matters to get involved, that we all have a responsibility.”
July 26, 2017
New York City expands ‘College Access for All’ to additional 175 high schools next school year
The new high schools include 61 in the Bronx, 56 in Brooklyn, 28 in Manhattan, 28 in Queens and two in Staten Island.
An education U-turn
June 22, 2017
Carmen Fariña wants to help New York City teachers get better at teaching. But some of her own reforms are getting in the way.
The chancellor’s emphasis on teaching the teachers marks a radical shift from the preceding administration.
An education U-turn
June 21, 2017
Shut out but scraping by: Inside the struggling schools excluded from New York City’s biggest improvement efforts
Many schools are left to cobble together their own supports -- with varying degrees of success.
An education U-turn
June 20, 2017
Mayor Bill de Blasio has made many education promises. Here’s what he’s delivered so far — and what he hasn’t
With the mayoral election approaching, we've taken stock of de Blasio's progress on education.
May 11, 2017
New York City set to expand ‘community schools’ program to include 215 schools
"This is a model that is a game-changer."
April 4, 2017
Students were allowed to enroll in some of the city’s lowest-performing schools — even after they were slated for closure
In total, 25 students were allowed to enroll across the six closing Renewal schools after January 1.
rumor has it
March 3, 2017
Is New York City schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña on her way out?
Chatter has mounted recently over whether Fariña, after 50 years in public education, is on her way out. The city Department of Education says: "Not true."
February 14, 2017
NYC Chancellor Carmen Fariña on pre-K diversity struggles: ‘This is parent choice’
Chancellor Carmen Fariña is again drawing criticism from school integration advocates — this time for appearing to excuse racially segregated pre-K programs as…
February 6, 2017
As anxiety grows after Trump’s executive orders, what protections do immigrant students have in NYC schools?
New York City schools are places where data and documents are collected. Can advocates and city official keeps that information private?
January 9, 2017
It’s official: The city confirms plans to close or merge nine Renewal schools next year
Sixteen of 94 original Renewal schools have been closed or consolidated.
December 21, 2016
In a win for the UFT, city reaches deal that moves further away from evaluating teachers based on multiple-choice tests
The city plans to use the new evaluation system this school year.
November 16, 2016
Record number of New York City students are going to college, vocational programs
The reports now include 2015-2016 data.
from the top
November 9, 2016
Leader of nation’s largest school district tells principals to ‘project a sense of calmness and confidence’ today
Chancellor Carmen Fariña sent an email to school principals, superintendents and field support staff with advice on how to handle the election of Donald Trump.
October 31, 2016
New York City school suspensions continue to plummet, but stark disparities persist
Suspensions have dropped 46 percent over five years.
September 15, 2016
NYPD handcuffed 20 students under 12 years old last spring — and other revelations from newly released school safety data
"The racial inequities we saw in the first quarter were not an aberration, but part of a pattern of criminalization of black and brown youth in our schools and city."
September 7, 2016
New York City’s schools chancellor just sent her first tweet, but people have been tweeting at her for years
"As the chancellor's said many times, September is her favorite month and a great opportunity to reinvent and try new things!"
equity and excellence
August 23, 2016
One-on-one counselors tasked with ‘whatever it takes’ to help students succeed
When classes start this September, more than 100 extra guidance counselors and social workers will stream into some of New York City’s most fragile schools.
By the numbers
August 23, 2016
What do New York City’s youngest students get suspended for, anyway?
The answer may offer ammunition to both sides of the school discipline debate.
path to college
August 16, 2016
Fariña shares her shaky path to college, and vows to keep NYC students on firmer ground
Chancellor Carmen Fariña kicks off College Access for All with the story of her own college application process and some insights into her philosophy
doing the 'impossible'
July 28, 2016
As one ‘master principal’ stumbles, others try to juggle two schools at once
One prominent "master principal" recently gave up his dual role running two schools. But a half-dozen other principals are trying to make it work.
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