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draining the pool
August 3, 2017
NYC’s plan to place teachers from its Absent Teacher Reserve pool could take a bite out of school budgets
The pool has historically been made up of teachers who are more senior than average, and therefore more expensive.
July 5, 2017
City Hall says a charter school ‘deal’ is on the way. Here’s what could be at stake
What will the final deal look like? Past fights between charter school advocates and the de Blasio administration could provide clues.
June 6, 2017
The country’s largest school system — and one of the most segregated — just released its ‘school diversity’ plan. Here are the highlights
New York City’s long-awaited plan for school diversity was released Tuesday morning, with surprisingly little fanfare.
May 3, 2017
New York City the latest district to warn parents about Netflix’s ‘13 Reasons Why’
City schools are sending a letter home, urging parents to talk with their children about the popular series.
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 30, 2017
Despite Trump immigration crackdown, city tells students and families: ‘We stand with you’
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Commissioner Nisha Agarwal of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs are trying to reassure parents with a letter home.
December 2, 2016
New York City officials: Large-scale school desegregation plan likely coming by June
The city says its long-awaited school integration will likely be released by the end of the school year.
coming to a boil
November 30, 2016
Without working kitchens, students at New York City’s culinary high school are cooked
A New York City high school that specializes in cooking has a big problem: The kitchens don't work.
time for an upgrade
November 18, 2016
New York City reveals new plans to upgrade its dysfunctional special education data system
How significant those upgrades will be remains to be seen.
barriers to entry
November 7, 2016
In New York City’s dysfunctional high school admissions system, even ‘unscreened’ schools have tools to sort students
Schools are collecting extra information that gives them the ability to filter their applicants, and the Department of Education does little to ensure they don’t.
November 4, 2016
Five top 10s that show which New York City schools suspend the most students
Just 10 percent of schools accounted for 47 percent of last year’s suspensions.
September 12, 2016
Exclusive: Education department launches interactive high school directory
The Department of Education is launching a new, interactive high school directory.
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!"
June 21, 2016
New ‘dashboard’ promises easier access to school data
But schools serving some of the city's highest-needs populations will be left out for now.
February 16, 2016
Her honeymoon over as Tennessee ed chief, McQueen enters second year under the cloud of TNReady and with a mission to combat illiteracy
Improving communication has been a hallmark of McQueen's first year; managing the TNReady testing fiasco and addressing stagnant reading scores may consume the next.
February 15, 2016
McQueen: Tennessee Department of Education takes ‘full responsibility’ for online testing debacle
In a letter to state lawmakers, Education Commissioner Candice McQueen says her department shoulders blame for the failure to transition to online testing this year.
February 8, 2016
Ready for TNReady? It starts this week. Here’s what you should know
Beginning this week, Tennessee officially enters a new era of testing as most students in grades 3 to 11 start taking state achievement assessments online.
Ready for TNReady?
November 3, 2015
New era of state testing launches in some Tennessee high schools
In a pivotal moment of transition for Tennessee public schools, some students begin to take online assessments aligned with the Common Core State Standards.
October 21, 2015
Fewer Tennessee districts opt for teacher merit pay
Some school systems are moving away from paying teachers based on their evaluations — four years after receiving permission to tie teacher pay to their performance.
September 25, 2015
Chester County educator named Tennessee’s Teacher of the Year
Cathy Whitehead, a third-grade teacher in Henderson in West Tennessee, is recognized for her leadership, along with two other teachers winning from their regions.
August 31, 2015
New state test will mean delayed score release during first year
Release of the initial TNReady scores will be delayed from the summer until the fall as student answers are analyzed by a panel of state-appointed teachers.
July 29, 2015
At critical moment, state-run Achievement School District posts big gains at its original schools
After a bumpy first two years for the Achievement School District, test scores show students posting larger gains than their peers across the state in math and science.
June 17, 2015
City officials discuss proposed P.E. transparency bill
This bill is a reaction to the reality that many city schools fall short of state requirements for keeping students moving.
May 28, 2015
State officials apologize to educators, citing miscommunication about recent TCAP results
State Education Department officials apologize for a miscommunication about TCAP quick score that prompted some educators to wonder if the results were inflated.
April 10, 2015
After-school programs seek recognition as more than an after-thought
Advocates for after-school programs say their programs are vital resources, but they are often thought of as an after-thought to the traditional school day.
April 9, 2015
Tennessee’s teacher evaluation system improving, state report says
Tennessee's teacher evaluation system is more accurate than ever in measuring teacher quality, according to a new report by the state Department of Education.
March 17, 2015
Amended bill would expand enrollment, funding options for state-run school district
An amended bill would allow state-authorized charter schools to enroll out-of-zone students. It also would allow the state-run school district to charge an authorization fee to charter schools operators.
March 10, 2015
Council members push forward on special education transparency
The city will likely be required to make more information available to the public about what students are receiving services.
avoiding the space wars
March 6, 2015
After pushback, Bronx charter replaced with D75 school in co-location plan
The earlier P.S. 277 co-location plan never sat well with parents and staff, who testified in January that it would mean giving up a valuable technology room.
(Another) pre-K push
February 5, 2015
City announces new, unified pre-K application process
The city’s two pre-kindergarten admissions processes will become one this year.
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.
Call for change
January 7, 2015
Educators remain cautious as city prepares to lift cell phone ban
At the news that the city would soon be ending its ban on cell phones in schools, many students and parents reacted with excitement. No longer would students have to pay a bodega to store their phone, concoct schemes to hide or sneak phones into school buildings, or worry about being able to reach their child.
it's a wrap
December 30, 2014
Readers’ choices: Our 10 most-read news stories from 2014
Chalkbeat readers have spoken: The new contract between the city and the teachers’ union was the biggest story of 2014. The rest of the year's biggest stories hit on the big themes of the year, including the transition to Carmen Fariña's leadership, testing anxiety, and debates over the Common Core.
December 22, 2014
In letter, Fariña asks schools to model ‘positive relationships with law enforcement’
Much as she advised in the wake of a grand jury decision about Eric Garner’s death earlier this month, Chancellor Carmen Fariña wants schools…
December 22, 2014
After 40 years, official in charge of Office of Safety and Youth Development to retire
The official who has overseen the Department of Education’s Office of Safety and Youth Development for the last decade is preparing to leave the…
oligarchs and overcrowding
December 9, 2014
To reduce class sizes, UFT looks to absentee landlords
The head of the city’s teachers union is asking state lawmakers to eliminate a set of property tax breaks to pay for reduced class sizes in elementary schools. United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew said Tuesday that 90,000 condominiums and co-ops owned by people who do not reside in the city should no longer qualify for tax breaks.
July 31, 2014
Tennessee dusts off cursive writing, creates new standards for it
Kids today might text more than they hold a pen, but the state’s department of education is moving toward standards that would reinvigorate the…
July 24, 2014
Top deputy reshuffles instructional office amid slew of departures
A slew of high-ranking resignations at the Department of Education has come amid a reorganization in the instructional office, the second such one in five months.
no cubicle left behind
January 6, 2014
Introducing herself, schools boss is full of personality but light on details
Carmen Fariña and her new staff haven’t had much time to get to know one another. Appointed chancellor just a week…
September 26, 2013
City says it’s on track to clear PCBs from school lights
Hundreds of city schools still have light fixtures that contain potentially toxic PCBs, but they will all be cleared in the next three years, the Department of Education said today. Back in May, the department struck a deal with New York Communities for Change and New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, which filed suit over the city’s timeline for replacing toxin-containing light fixtures in July 2011. They agreed that the department and School Construction Authority would clear all schools of PCB-containing light fixtures by the end of 2016, five years ahead of the schedule the city had previously set. Today, the department said it’s on track to meet that goal. From an email sent to reporters, here are some data points about the department’s efforts so far:
June 17, 2013
And here’s the grad rate data the city wants you to see
Link: And here’s the grad rate data the city wants you to see Among the points that the Department of Education is emphasizing:…
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