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Rise & Shine: Change is slow at schools in city’s $582 million Renewal program
TAKING STOCK The latest appraisal of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s $582 million effort to revamp the city’s lowest-performing schools finds that results “range from mixed to…
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Here are the big stories Chalkbeat New York reporters will cover this year — with your help
As New York embarks on a new school year, here are the big education stories Chalkbeat New York will be following.
September 22, 2017
Rise & Shine: Lack of paid maternity leave takes a toll on teachers’ paychecks
FAMILY TAX New York City teachers don’t get paid maternity leave, a policy that takes a toll on teachers’ paychecks and creates income disparities as women…
September 12, 2017
Diverse charter schools in New York City to get boost from Walton money
The Walton Family Foundation will invest $2.2 million in new mixed-income charter schools in New York City.
September 12, 2017
Rise & Shine: New York moves to adopt revised ‘Common Core’-less standards
COMMON CORE NO MORE New York’s Board of Regents voted in committee Monday to adopt revised learning standards that are two years in the making, and…
June 28, 2017
‘It was much uglier on the adults’ part than the kids’: Reflecting on efforts — past and present — to integrate P.S. 191
Chalkbeat interviewed current and former parents, students and staffers to compile a history of the school's integration struggles.
August 23, 2016
What does California’s teacher tenure ruling mean for New York? Depends whom you ask.
New York's teachers unions say the ruling bolsters their defense of the state's tenure laws, while their opponents say it does not affect a legal challenge to those laws.
July 29, 2016
New York City reading scores leap, matching state average for first time
The share of New York City students who passed the state English exams jumped by nearly 8 points to 38 percent, reaching the state’s reading pass rate for the first time, state officials said Friday.
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.
July 26, 2016
Rise & Shine: City names new principals for two of its most troubled high schools
MEET THE NEW BOSSES Longtime Bronx assistant principal Grecian Harrison will take over Brooklyn’s Boys and Girls High School, a floundering school whose turnaround principal recently…
meet the new bosses
July 25, 2016
City picks new leaders for two of its most troubled high schools: Boys and Girls and Automotive
Grecian Harrison, a Bronx assistant principal, will take over Brooklyn's Boys and Girls HS. Kevin Bryant, a Brooklyn principal, will lead Automotive.
July 22, 2016
City eyes Bronx AP to take over troubled Boys and Girls High School
Education department officials are said to be considering an assistant principal from the Bronx to take over the high-profile job.
hello from the other side
July 21, 2016
Advocates seize chance to push for Upper West Side desegregation, but face stiff resistance
As a zoning debate highlights the divides among Upper West Side schools, advocates are pushing for district-wide desegregation.
July 19, 2016
Rise & Shine: At innovative Bronx high school, ‘arenas’ take the place of classrooms
ALT SCHOOL At Bronx Arena, a “transfer” school for students who struggled in previous settings, students spend four hours each day in classes called “arenas” working…
July 15, 2016
As America’s students grow more diverse, a leading researcher explains how schools can adapt
A conversation with Teachers College Professor Amy Stuart Wells, who organized an first-of-its-kind conference on diverse schools.
sorting the students
July 14, 2016
City’s latest plan to rezone Upper West Side schools takes aim at segregation, but some say it’s not enough
The new, more dramatic plan provides a clear sign that the city is paying new attention to the extensive race and class segregation among its schools.
sorting the students
July 13, 2016
Brooklyn’s middle schools are highly segregated — but they don’t have to be. How a series of choices has deepened the divide
Stark segregation — by race, class, and ability — undercuts the promise of a Brooklyn district’s choice-based enrollment system.
July 12, 2016
Rise & Shine: New York moves beyond test scores as it redefines a ‘highly effective’ school
RATING SCHOOLS The state education department released a list Monday of 20 guiding principles that will shape how it evaluates schools under the new federal…
July 11, 2016
How should New York City teachers guide conversations about race and police violence?
“I think educators should be sensitive to not telling students how to feel or how to react to these types of situations,” said assistant principal Malik Lewis.
July 6, 2016
Under pressure from advocates, city inches toward district-wide integration plan
Top officials are considering a plan to better integrate schools in Manhattan's District 1. Advocates say that's a sign of progress, yet some want the city to go further.
Summer in the city
June 30, 2016
One in five students at struggling schools forced to attend summer school
About 19 percent of students in the city's low-performing "Renewal" schools must attend summer schools, compared to 6 percent citywide.
June 28, 2016
Rise & Shine: New York education policymakers pass changes first, get public input later
ON THE REGS In recent months, New York’s Board of Regents has reshaped the state’s teacher-evaluation law and changed the graduation requirements for students with disabilities —…
Class of 2016
June 24, 2016
Graduates bid farewell to Boys and Girls, a beloved high school with an uncertain future
Boys and Girls High School held its graduation ceremony Friday, a day after the city said the principal it had brought in to revamp the school was leaving.
June 23, 2016
Embattled principal of Boys and Girls High School is leaving, in blow to city’s turnaround effort
Michael Wiltshire is returning full-time to Medgar Evers College Preparatory School. As "master principal," he has simultaneously led that school and Boys and Girls.
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 21, 2016
Rise & Shine: What’s going on with teacher evaluations?
EVALUATION UPDATE The state legislature’s end-of-session bill gives districts four extra months to finalize their evaluation systems, which means that teachers will start next school…
June 20, 2016
Only 8 percent of New York City teachers are men of color. Here’s how the city is trying to change that
The status quo leaves thousands of students without role models who resemble them, and without teachers who research shows tend to have higher expectations of them.
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…
June 16, 2016
Rise & Shine: As legislative session wraps up, mayoral control remains in limbo
TIME’S UP As the state legislative session draws to a close Thursday, some insiders are saying it appears likely that Mayor Bill de Blasio will…
June 14, 2016
As 12 early community schools face funding cuts, advocates question city’s long-term commitment
In New York City, an unexpected fight has flared up between proponents of social service-filled “community schools” and the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio,…
sorting the students
June 10, 2016
Upper West Side superintendent floats integration plan to reduce the class divide among middle schools
The idea for is for every middle school to enroll at least 30 percent low-income students, in a district where some enroll 10 percent and others nearly 100 percent.
June 9, 2016
Rise & Shine: City unveils new report cards for schools serving high-needs students
QUALITY CONTROL The city is introducing new report cards Thursday for schools that serve some of the highest-need students, but have gone without public progress reports…
June 7, 2016
Leader of community school movement: New York is changing how cities think about addressing poverty
"I think Mayor de Blasio influenced what [Philadelphia] Mayor [Jim] Kenney is doing, what [Mayor] Ras Baraka is going to do in Newark. So we have a rising tide."
June 6, 2016
City scraps divisive co-location plan for Boys and Girls, as focus shifts to leadership change
The city is withdrawing a proposal to move a high-performing Brooklyn school into the building of its long-struggling neighbor. But another fight is just beginning.
June 2, 2016
Rise & Shine: Success Academy cancels pre-K program after losing contract dispute
CANCELED CLASSES The Success Academy charter school network has canceled its pre-kindergarten program for next year after losing a contract dispute with the city and state.
June 1, 2016
Fariña defends Michael Wiltshire, ‘master principal’ of two schools who may soon leave both
Wiltshire has recently run into challenges at Medgar Evers College Prep, where he is the subject of an ongoing city investigation, officials confirmed Wednesday.
May 31, 2016
Principal of troubled Boys and Girls High vying for Long Island job, throwing city’s plans into question
The move would be an embarrassing turn of events for top city officials who pinned their transformation plans on the principal, Michael Wiltshire.
May 26, 2016
Rise & Shine: After big investment, struggling ‘Renewal’ schools still lost 6,300 students
May 25, 2016
Despite major city investment, struggling ‘Renewal’ schools shed another 6,300 students
The low-performing schools serve about 6,270 fewer students now than in 2014, as many families continue to shun them despite the city's expensive intervention.
May 20, 2016
One principal, two schools, and a high-stakes experiment gone awry
A year and a half after an unusual leadership transition at Boys and Girls High School, it’s become clear that the deal has cost the city — and students.
May 19, 2016
Rise & Shine: De Blasio to skip second mayoral control hearing, angering some lawmakers
May 18, 2016
Former principal named president of New Visions, the data-crunching nonprofit that helps run dozens of city schools
Former teacher and principal Mark Dunetz is taking the helm of New Visions for Public Schools, a nonprofit known for data-crunching that supports dozens of city schools.
May 16, 2016
After announcing plans for 12 school mergers, Fariña says to expect many more
Chancellor Carmen Fariña expects to consolidate a growing number of very small schools next year, which she has asked superintendents to identify, she told city…
May 16, 2016
Rise & Shine: What’s on the agenda for New York’s education policymakers this month
May 12, 2016
Rise & Shine: Sought-after Brooklyn middle schools will no longer see how applicants rank them
May 11, 2016
Some of Brooklyn’s most sought-after middle schools will no longer see how applicants rank them
District 15 in Brooklyn is moving to a "blind ranking" system, where middle schools will not see where families listed them on their applications.
May 11, 2016
Why should schools move away from suspensions? We asked student activists to weigh in
Over pizza one recent afternoon, a group of students from high schools that have adopted new discipline approaches explain what has changed.
the educated voter
May 10, 2016
As city teachers vote, union chief Mulgrew faces small but spirited group of challengers
Disappointment drove second-grade teacher Michelle Baptiste to run for a seat in this month’s union elections. She watched with dismay as the city’s United Federation…
May 5, 2016
‘I realized they came from a system I used to run’: Rudy Crew’s quest to get Brooklyn students ready for college
It has been nearly two decades since Rudy Crew ran the New York City school system. But he's got new ideas as the president of Brooklyn's Medgar Evers College.
May 5, 2016
Rise & Shine: Few fireworks as de Blasio asks lawmakers to renew mayoral control
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