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New data show how few black and Hispanic students benefit from New York City’s specialized high school diversity program
The Discovery program aims to promote diversity by offering admission to students from low-income families who score just below the entrance exam cutoff.
August 6, 2018
After sparing Harlem’s storied Wadleigh middle school from closure, Richard Carranza shakes up its leadership
“We didn’t think expectations were set high enough, and without expectations being set, it was mediocrity.”
August 6, 2018
Carranza taps Hydra Mendoza, a colleague from San Francisco, as deputy chancellor
Hydra Mendoza is the first official Carranza has hired from one of the school districts he previously ran.
July 20, 2018
Officials promised to update a Giuliani-era agreement between the NYPD and city schools almost a year ago. So where is it?
"They basically eliminated all of the major changes that we made — and that was the last we heard of it."
cause and effect
July 10, 2018
Do suspensions lead to higher dropout rates and other academic problems? In New York City, the answer could be yes
The study's findings add new evidence to a heated debate playing out in New York and across the country.
How I Lead
June 26, 2018
This Brooklyn principal has some advice for teaching children who were separated at the border
Meghan Dunn — the principal of P.S. 446 in Brownsville, Brooklyn — has deep experience educating students who have experienced trauma.
June 12, 2018
City budget includes influx for school accessibility, social workers for homeless students
This week’s agreement includes more funding for some of the city’s most vulnerable students.
June 1, 2018
How many bullying complaints were reported at your New York City high school this year?
“We keep hearing about bullying cases without any firm data to inform policymakers.”
June 1, 2018
What the F? Here are the surprising ways failing grades helped New York City schools
The results provide new evidence that the now defunct A–F grading scale sparked improvements at underperforming schools.
May 17, 2018
As NYC encourages more elementary teachers to specialize in math, new research shows the strategy could hurt student learning
This year, 139 city elementary schools are adopting the departmental approach, almost twice as many as a year ago.
May 11, 2018
New York City is honoring 17 exceptional teachers. Here’s who they are.
The winners were culled from a pool of more than 6,500 nominees.
May 9, 2018
A $24 million New York City program was supposed to prepare more black and Latino men for college. But a new study found it didn’t.
"The aspirations were very high."
April 25, 2018
Mayor de Blasio says education department has culture of frivolous harassment complaints
De Blasio quickly tried to walk back some of his comments on Twitter.
April 13, 2018
Richard Carranza wants you to know he isn’t afraid to take a hard look at New York City’s school system
"I’m not going to be so busy keeping my job that I’m not going to do my job."
April 9, 2018
NYC is expanding a program to boost diversity at its elite high schools. But it isn’t making a dent.
The mayor has taken heat in recent weeks after new data revealed that the city has failed to increase diversity at specialized schools.
March 30, 2018
After years of decline, suspensions shot up in New York City schools this year
New York City schools are suspending students significantly more often, according to new data the city released Friday. Between July and…
March 29, 2018
Carmen Fariña’s final score: More New Yorkers see her tenure as a failure than a success
By comparison, 46 percent of voters considered Joel Klein’s eight-year run a success.
March 15, 2018
‘More than your typical set of agency breakdowns’: Audit pans NYC’s handling of homeless students
The report comes as city officials have struggled to address the growing student homelessness crisis.
a legal matter
March 8, 2018
NYC knew about discrimination lawsuit involving Carranza, but say accusations are ‘completely false’
A City Hall spokeswoman said city officials discussed the allegations with Carranza before his hiring.
March 7, 2018
How often do New York City schools bar parents from entering? The city could soon be forced to say.
A new bill would track a little-known practice that lawmakers say is ripe for abuse.
February 27, 2018
New York City lawmakers grill officials on controversial ‘Renewal’ program
"The concept of a community school has now become confused with the negative image of a low-performing Renewal school."
February 13, 2018
How well does your school serve students with disabilities? A proposed law in New York City would make that clear.
Citywide, more than a quarter of students with disabilities only receive some of the services they’re entitled to — or none at all.
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.
'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 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.
January 8, 2018
Number of art teachers in New York City schools hits 12-year high
"The arts are not a frill, they’re not an add-on."
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."
model of inclusion
December 14, 2017
New York City is placing students with disabilities in mainstream classes. But do they actually feel included?
Feelings of inclusion vary widely by disability type.
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.
December 6, 2017
To help students with disabilities transition to adulthood, New York City is opening new resource hubs in every borough
Each of the five centers are scheduled to be open by the end of next school year.
mind the gap
December 5, 2017
New York City’s racial achievement gaps widen as students get older, report finds
Black boys came out on the bottom.
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 30, 2017
As districts across the country try to drive down absenteeism, New York City leads the way
New York City began attacking chronic absenteeism a decade ago. Now, the de Blasio administration has made it a central focus of its school-turnaround program.
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."
November 15, 2017
Mental health crises are major cause of police interventions in New York City schools, new data show
Last school year, nearly 29 percent of the 9,385 incidents where police or safety agents were called involved a "child in crisis."
November 14, 2017
To help students with physical disabilities navigate a maze of barriers, NYC releases new reports on high school accessibility
The new reports are currently available for high schools in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.
November 8, 2017
Battling closure, Harlem charter school enlisted a high-profile PR firm that once repped Ivanka Trump
Opportunity Charter School has been in the education department's crosshairs since March.
November 1, 2017
More students with disabilities got required services last year, but large gaps remain
Last school year, 73 percent of students with disabilities received their mandated services — up from 59 percent the previous year.
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
Three things to know about the record number of homeless students in New York City schools
One in ten New York City students experienced homelessness last school year.
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 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.
on the move
September 26, 2017
Will Carmen Fariña close this turnaround school in Queens? ‘No, no, no.’
Fariña assured once-struggling August Martin High School that it's safe. Other turnaround schools are still awaiting their verdicts.
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.”
September 13, 2017
New York City education department to improve response to public record requests
The education department is among the least responsive city agencies.
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.
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."
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