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the mayor's agenda
April 3, 2018
Promising a ‘heavy hand’ in education, Baraka hints at plans to influence school policy
Mayor Baraka helped reempower Newark's school board. Now he wants to help guide its decision-making.
March 27, 2018
Food for thought: Students’ test scores rise a few weeks after families get food stamps
The timing of a family’s food stamp benefits affects their children’s academic performance, according to a new study.
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."
It takes a village
February 22, 2018
What does it mean to be a community school? This Colorado bill would define it – and promote it.
Community schools are an old idea enjoying a resurgence in education circles with the support of teachers unions and other advocates.
February 20, 2018
Do community schools and wraparound services boost academics? Here’s what we know.
The strategy has been embraced by districts across the country.
October 30, 2017
From buying books to managing the lunchroom: Meet the behind-the-scenes teams that keep Success charters running
The mission of these behind-the-scenes teams is to attend to the myriad issues that arise inside a school on any given day.
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
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.
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?
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.”
How I Lead
August 29, 2017
‘A lot of the first year is just figuring it out’: What it takes to help run a community school
“It was exciting to start something new."
August 4, 2017
A high-poverty Jeffco school is about to adopt a “community school” model. What does that mean?
The Jeffco school will be a hub for community organizations to provide services such as English language classes, job training and medical care.
eyes on NYC
July 19, 2017
New York City’s community schools guru on the program’s massive expansion and why the schools are ‘here to stay’
Starting this September, over 100,000 students will be in New York City's community schools.
inputs and outcomes
June 30, 2017
Are we expecting too much from community schools? Former U.S. Education Secretary John King weighs in
We asked King whether community schools should produce clear academic gains or if improving access to social services is enough to justify the approach.
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.
June 15, 2017
I had an anxiety attack in school, and a social worker saved me. What about the students without one?
Right now, somewhere in the Bronx, there is a young girl like me, having her first anxiety attack, a Brooklyn junior writes. Is there a social worker for her?
June 5, 2017
New York City has doubled down on its approach to high-need schools. A new study says that bet could pay off
"In the long run you’re going to get a payoff of all different kinds."
June 3, 2017
Coming soon: a new mega-study on community schools and an award for NYC
The study from the Learning Policy Institute will summarize 125 other pieces of research about the approach, which floods schools with resources to meet their students' personal needs.
May 23, 2017
Trump’s education budget could be bad news for New York City’s ‘community schools’ expansion
"I’m not confident that the funding will continue given the federal political climate."
May 15, 2017
Memphis schools have space. Boys & Girls Clubs have programming. Now they just need money to put clubs in three schools.
Grappling with under-enrolled schools and significant neighborhood needs, Memphis school leaders seek to fill some empty space by partnering with the Boys & Girls Club.
May 12, 2017
Community schools are expanding — but are they working? New study shows mixed results
New York City’s announcement this week that it is doubling down on community schools indicates a firm belief that the program is working. But…
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."
February 7, 2017
Can keeping students longer help them thrive? A charter school explains why it’s adding grades
Haven Academy, the city's only charter school designed to serve children in the child welfare system, is set to expand.
moving the goalposts?
January 26, 2017
New York City is now focusing on academic progress at its lowest-performing schools. Here’s why some experts say that’s a problem.
"What they’re really saying is that schools should be showing outcomes in the second year of implementation, which is not realistic."
December 15, 2016
Chronic absenteeism is lower in New York City charter schools than in district schools, report finds
“I think attendance is a measure of school culture and school quality more than anything else."
October 25, 2016
‘Turning a kid’s lights back on doesn’t make their test scores go up’: one principal on social services in schools
"The thing I’m nervous about is the speed at which they’re going to expect to see results."
September 6, 2016
New York City among districts with high student absenteeism
Half of all chronically-absent students were concentrated in 4 percent of school districts, including New York City, according to a report by Attendance Works.
January 21, 2016
As blizzard looms, thousands get free coats at community schools
As temperatures drop and a blizzard looms, the city announced Thursday that 13,000 young students will receive new winter jackets paid for by private donors.
state of the state
January 13, 2016
Gov. Cuomo unveils plan to expand community schools, urges scrutiny of charter enrollment
In his State of the State speech and his proposed budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo also proposed extending mayoral control of New York City schools. Now, the bargaining begins.
state of the state
January 12, 2016
After bumpy year, Cuomo unveils few education proposals in lead-up to State of the State
The lead-up to this year’s speech is vastly different from last year, when the governor promised an aggressive education agenda — and delivered over the next several months.
In this together
November 12, 2015
Jeffco coalition to teachers: you teach, we’ll take care of poverty
A coalition in Jeffco wants to boost student achievement by focusing on family services, after school programs and parent enrichment.
October 21, 2015
Do schools need to tackle poverty or boost teaching? In that debate, Buery calls for truce
“I think for a long time in our society we have used those set of challenges as an excuse not to do anything ... I think often we overcompensate now."
September 24, 2015
As city acts on their cause, community school advocates carve out a new role
As the city sets up nearly 130 new community schools, proponents of those schools want to make sure the work is done right.
a five-borough tour
September 9, 2015
On her 50th first day, New York City chancellor tours schools carrying out her vision
Chancellor Carmen Fariña stopped at “community schools,” dual-language programs, pre-kindergarten sites, and her old school on Wednesday.
August 18, 2015
Decatur Township finds support from community center, school partnerships
The district has embraced the "community schools" concept, where relationships with community organizations help feed, clothe and give back to local schools.
July 1, 2015
Jesse Register on his legacy as director of Metro Nashville Public Schools, and advice for the future
In an interview with Chalkbeat on his last day on the job, Nashville's outgoing schools director talks about what he's learned — and offers advice for his successor.
June 24, 2015
City announces free eyeglasses for community school students
The city will spend $10 million over the next four years for the screenings, and the eyewear company Warby Parker will supply glasses to every student who needs a pair.
a chance for renewal
June 24, 2015
A school community grows stronger
As the year winds down, Brooklyn Generation School — part of the city's "Renewal" program — has found new ways to help students deal with trauma. Part three of Chalkbeat's series.
May 4, 2015
Now aiming for 200 community schools, city unveils a plan to get there
The plan offers a way for community schools predating de Blasio's efforts to benefit from the new attention and resources being devoted to the model.
Breaking the Cycle
May 4, 2015
In areas with high rates of domestic violence, teachers to get special training
Teachers at "community schools" in eight neighborhoods across the city will receive the training, which is still being developed.
April 7, 2015
City to use Americorps to staff struggling schools with mentors
Americorps will spend $5.8 million over the next two school years to send 300 civil service members to work on de Blasio's community schools initiative.
February 4, 2015
Fariña offers advice to leaders of city’s future community schools
Chancellor Carmen Fariña told principals, superintendents, and nonprofit leaders on Wednesday that the stakes are high as they work to grow the city’s number of community schools.
State of the City
February 3, 2015
No education news in State of the City speech, as de Blasio celebrates pre-K
Mayor Bill de Blasio took another pre-kindergarten victory lap in his State of the City speech on Tuesday, which focused on affordable housing.
January 2, 2015
Best of 2014: Expanding program links students to social services
Communities in Schools operates in Nashville and in two Achievement School District campuses in Memphis
December 10, 2014
As city creates 128 new community schools, advocates call for official guidelines
Even as they applauded Mayor Bill de Blasio for promising to convert 128 schools into service-rich “community schools,” advocates urged the city on Wednesday to adopt formal guidelines to make sure the schools have similar standards and practices.
A Big Bet
December 5, 2014
City’s community schools plan stirs doubt among supporters
As the city tries to turn around 94 struggling schools by converting them into community schools, some proponents of that model worry the plan could fall short.
December 1, 2014
Partner groups will help 45 ‘community schools’ transform into service hubs
The city named 45 schools on Monday that will partner with 25 partner agencies, which will help the schools offer a host of new support services for students and their families.
December 1, 2014
MAP: 45 planned community schools and partner organizations
Forty-five schools will partner with 25 community organizations to provide a variety of new services to improve student attendance rates and prevent dropouts, the city…
November 13, 2014
What Mayor de Blasio’s school-improvement plan is missing: a goal
Education professor Aaron Pallas: The mayor failed to deliver a clear message about his goals for the school system — and that ambiguity may leave us with the same, traditional ways of measuring success by test scores and graduation rates.
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