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Walk it out
6 hours ago
NYC mayor encourages school walkouts in wake of Florida shooting: ‘If I was a high school student today, I’d be walking out’
Students across the country are planning to walk out of class at 10 a.m. on March 14.
2 days ago
Segregation, struggling schools, ‘a larger vision’: What Councilman Mark Treyger is watching as NYC gets a new schools chief
“How can you have a conversation about computers when the lights don’t even work?”
February 16, 2018
New York City schools chief Carmen Fariña will step down in the next month
“She is pleased with what she has done.”
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.
State of the City
February 13, 2018
Mayor de Blasio’s second-term education agenda? More of the same.
If education is at the top of the mayor’s agenda, it did not form the centerpiece of his State of the City address Tuesday night.
End of the line
February 9, 2018
Before Families for Excellent Schools’ sudden implosion, waning influence and a series of stumbles
Families for Excellent Schools came crashing down in recent days. But the once-powerful group had already been losing influence.
February 7, 2018
What was your school’s 2017 graduation rate? Find it here.
New York City’s graduation rate continued its forward march in 2017, hitting a new high of 74.3 percent.
February 7, 2018
New York’s graduation rates are up. Does that mean students are learning more?
Do increasing graduation rates mean more students are performing higher-level work? It's a complicated question.
February 1, 2018
Mayor’s budget calls for new 3-K preschool sites amid looming budget threats
New York City is adopting a quicker timeline to expand 3-K but the mayor warned of looming budget threats from the state and federal government.
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.
'rigorous and realistic'
January 22, 2018
Some struggling New York City schools can lose ground and still hit performance targets
"Fuzzy ranges with unclear accountability consequences is not the way to do it.”
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 8, 2018
Weigh in on the city’s plans to merge, close, or shrink 19 schools at these public meetings
City officials plan on holding at least two public meetings at each school.
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
Mayor de Blasio wants New York City’s next schools chief to be like Fariña — but finding a replacement won’t be easy
“If you’re just going to keep the trains running on time that’s not going to be a huge incentive to run an education system."
the new search
December 21, 2017
In search for new chancellor, Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to build on Fariña’s legacy
De Blasio said he wants someone who will carry out his existing vision — not shake things up.
December 18, 2017
With new ‘Rise’ schools, de Blasio tiptoes through a school-closure minefield
For some schools, Monday’s announcement was a long-awaited boost. Twenty-one schools were named Rise schools, a new designation meant to indicate their progress.
December 13, 2017
As New York City prepares to close more struggling ‘Renewal’ schools, here’s what we know about ones they’ve shuttered before
While all the closed schools had very low graduation rates and test scores, so do other Renewal schools that were spared.
November 30, 2017
Sources: In a first, New York City will add more schools to its controversial ‘Renewal’ program
The additions come at a pivotal moment for one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature education initiatives.
November 16, 2017
New York City’s (unofficial) graduation rate hits 74 percent, preliminary figures show
"That’s something the administration can crow about and take pride in."
path to college
November 15, 2017
Nearly 60 percent of New York City students are heading to college, new data shows
Among city students who entered high school in 2012, 57 percent went on to enroll in college, vocational programs, or “public-service programs” such as the military.
November 7, 2017
Beyond pre-K: Here’s what you need to know about de Blasio’s education record this election day
De Blasio's success with universal pre-K has allowed him to sidestep contentious issues during the campaign: charter schools, school segregation and the Renewal program.
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 26, 2017
‘Everything you got’: How a Bronx principal is trying to restore hope to a once-troubled school, one student at a time
A day in the life of Asya Johnson, the principal tasked with transforming Longwood Preparatory Academy in the South Bronx.
October 18, 2017
Three years in, some signs of (slight) academic growth at struggling ‘Renewal’ schools
“The reality is it’s hard to get large increases in struggling schools.”
October 11, 2017
Five takeaways from a new study of New York City’s massive ‘community schools’ program
How is this costly and complex experiment working?
There's an AP for that
October 10, 2017
More New York City students are taking AP exams, though racial gaps persist
The number of students who took at least one AP test in 2017 rose by 10 percent, while the pass rate went up 7.5 percent.
October 4, 2017
Three years in, more than half of principals in New York City’s turnaround program have quit or been replaced
Nearly 60 percent of Renewal schools have seen at least one leadership change.
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.
Bridging the divide
September 28, 2017
Even as political battles persist, more district and charter schools join partnership program
While political clashes between the de Blasio administration and the charter sector grab headlines, there's growing collaboration behind the scenes.
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 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.”
September 14, 2017
Success Academy ratchets up pressure on city to give it space
Success Academy is mounting a campaign to increase pressure on the de Blasio administration to approve co-located space for her schools.
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 26, 2017
The NY Times tried to fact-check the mayor’s claims about Renewal test scores. Researchers say its analysis fell short.
“The Times really didn’t do anything to ensure that their comparison to other schools was really comparable."
August 24, 2017
Success Academy’s Eva Moskowitz goes on the offensive with press conference on city test scores
The conversation inevitably shifted back to the news of the past few weeks: the inflammatory Facebook post of Success board chair Daniel Loeb.
August 22, 2017
‘Virtually meaningless’ or ‘steady progress’? New York City reacts to this year’s state test scores
The annual release of test scores created a wave of reactions from education stakeholders across the state.
August 22, 2017
Mayor de Blasio: More Renewal schools will face closure this year
Five Renewal schools were targeted for closure earlier this year.
August 7, 2017
Charter sector to de Blasio: If you want to play nice, prove it by giving us space
Members of the charter school sector say they are watching space requests to see if the mayor plans to ease tension between his administration and charter schools.
August 1, 2017
Mayor de Blasio just said New York City’s schools are safer than ever. Is he right?
One of his staunchest critics says just the opposite.
head to head
July 26, 2017
Protesters face off with member of New York City’s Absent Teacher Reserve outside the mayor’s gym
The Absent Teacher Reserve, a pool of teachers without permanent positions, is once again at the center of debate.
July 11, 2017
Conservative think tank finds ‘meaningful’ academic progress at New York City’s Renewal schools
The report estimates Renewal boosted student achievement by the equivalent of about 93 days of extra instruction in reading and 65 days in math.
draining the atr pool
July 10, 2017
New York City plans more aggressive steps to move hundreds of unassigned teachers out of Absent Teacher Reserve
The city's latest attempt to shrink the ATR pool may require principals to hire teachers.
June 22, 2017
State lawmakers end session without passing mayoral control. Where does that leave us?
Lawmakers wrapped up the legislative session late Wednesday, though they could return to address mayoral control of New York City schools.
An education U-turn
June 21, 2017
Do struggling schools in New York City’s Renewal turnaround program outperform those left out? A new analysis suggests no
“The scale of resources for the system to intervene in poverty is a very hard thing to do and it’s likely you won’t soon see the results you want.”
one day more
June 20, 2017
It’s crunch time in Albany. What will happen to mayoral control?
With control of New York City schools expiring at the end of June, lawmakers must decide if they will grant another extension and whether there will be strings attached.
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.
An education U-turn
June 20, 2017
From power to paperwork: New York City principals adjust to a reined-in role under Carmen Fariña
This story is the first in a Chalkbeat series about Mayor Bill de Blasio's vision for education.
June 19, 2017
Chancellor Fariña on why losing mayoral control ‘would mean chaos, gridlock and corruption’
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña says letting mayoral control lapse would usher in the cronyism and inequities of the past.
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