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3 days ago
New York City agrees to provide paid family leave to teachers
After sustained pressure from teachers and the unions, the city will provide paid family leave for teachers.
June 15, 2018
Amid uproar over specialized high school admissions, Mayor de Blasio suggests adding more seats
The chancellor is “going to come back with a plan in the coming months,” de Blasio said.
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 7, 2018
Cynthia Nixon on specialized schools: ‘We need them to be more racially diverse’
The comments are the most specific Nixon has made about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to increase diversity at the city’s top high schools.
one small step for de Blasio
June 6, 2018
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s specialized high school proposal clears one (small) hurdle
A bill to overhaul admissions at New York City’s premier high schools passed the Assembly education committee — but debate over the controversial plan has just begun.
June 4, 2018
A Chalkbeat cheat sheet: The Specialized High School Admissions Test overhaul
If you are just catching up, here’s what you should know about the city’s plans.
let the games begin
June 4, 2018
In Albany circus, can Mayor Bill de Blasio get specialized high school legislation passed?
Experts and politicians agree that, with less than a month left in the legislative session, the change is unlikely to happen this year but it could happen next year.
here's the plan
June 2, 2018
After long wait, de Blasio backs plan to overhaul admissions at New York City’s elite high schools
After sustained pressure from advocates, Mayor Bill de Blasio is backing a two-step plan to reform admissions at eight of the city’s elite high schools.
sorting the students
May 23, 2018
‘Why are we screening children? I don’t get that’: Chancellor Carranza offers harsh critique of NYC school admissions
New York City’s schools chief expressed a fundamental critique of the school system on Wednesday, arguing that sorting students by ability is “antithetical” to public education.
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.
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.
Follow the money
April 17, 2018
New York City’s finance watchdog demands answers on $600 million school turnaround program
The comptroller’s probe comes at a precarious moment for the program.
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 11, 2018
Carranza stands by NYC’s ‘Renewal’ program for struggling schools, but asks, ‘What’s our theory of action?’
"I keep asking that question, and I get different answers,” Carranza said.
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.
April 3, 2018
Chancellor Carranza’s opening statement to New York City educators: I’m one of you
Carranza’s brief remarks showed an eagerness to maintain consistency with his predecessor, Carmen Fariña.
welcome to nyc
April 3, 2018
De Blasio critics rally, asking Carranza to hit the ‘reset button’ on education policy
Critics of the mayor descended on City Hall to demand the new chancellor reject his boss’s education agenda.
April 3, 2018
Here’s how Richard Carranza handled Houston’s special education crisis and what it could mean for New York City
Houston officials had “enthusiastically embraced” the state’s arbitrary limit on the proportion of students who could could receive special education services.
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
Most New Yorkers want armed guards in public schools, according to a new poll
Fifty-six percent of city voters said “police officers or armed security officers” should be stationed in every school.
a new face
March 27, 2018
After an abrupt resignation, de Blasio appoints professor to New York City’s education oversight panel
Shannon Waite, a professor at Fordham University and former longtime Department of Education employee, was sworn in Monday evening.
March 20, 2018
Up next for the PEP: Five mergers, one missing member, and a snow delay
This time around, there are no school closures on the agenda. But there may still be reverberations from last month’s unusual meeting.
March 19, 2018
More students applied to Renewal high schools this year, but that won’t necessarily jolt sagging enrollment
Overall, 3,305 students received an offer to attend a Renewal high school this year — up just 26 students from the previous year.
March 16, 2018
Pressed on specialized high school admissions rules, de Blasio says he’ll talk to his lawyers
"I'll revisit it because I want to find any form of action I can possibly find."
March 9, 2018
School safety, funding, segregation, and more: Here are 7 issues Carranza will face in New York City
When Carranza takes the reins from Fariña, he will oversee a system that is five times larger than Houston's and arguably the country’s most complex.
March 8, 2018
Convened by de Blasio to talk school safety, New York City students tell him his latest solution is misguided
Student after student grilled Mayor Bill de Blasio about metal detectors.
March 5, 2018
In Carranza, de Blasio finds a new schools chief cut from the same cloth as the one he’s replacing
The next chancellor has a background, resume, and educational philosophy that look a lot like that of the city’s retiring schools chief.
Updated March 5, 2018
Houston’s Richard Carranza will be the next New York City schools chancellor
After a difficult search process, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that there will be a new schools chancellor.
March 1, 2018
What happened when: Inside the circus that was the Carvalho pick and sudden rejection
Here's a breakdown of the steps leading to Carvalho's shocking announcement.
March 1, 2018
In stunning rebuke, oversight board rejects two of de Blasio’s school closure plans
An oversight board rejected two of the de Blasio administration’s proposed school closures and voted to postpone a third after an emotional hearing…
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."
Walk it out
February 23, 2018
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.
February 21, 2018
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.
Updated 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.
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