Join us. Support education journalism.
Education news. In context.
Building Better Schools
From the Statehouse
Beyond High School
Funding & Finance
In the Classroom
Politics & Policy
Sorting the Students
Rise & Shine
Building Better Teachers
Join us. Support education journalism.
June 28, 2016
Will more pre-K seats mean better outcomes for kids in Shelby County? Depends who you ask.
A federal grant has funded about 280 new pre-K seats in four Shelby County districts this fall, according to movers and shakers gathered at a pre-K summit in Memphis.
By the numbers
March 10, 2016
As city gears up for year three of its pre-K expansion, applications hold steady
The total number of applications — more than 68,000 — is in line with last year’s total. But the Bronx and Manhattan both saw drops.
March 2, 2016
Parents say pre-K is helping their kids, and saving them money too
The city’s efforts to help parents choose and apply to a program paid off, but family and community connections mattered, too, according to a new survey.
February 24, 2016
Once seeking to scrap pre-K, Tennessee’s biggest pre-K critic votes to improve it
Rep. Bill Dunn of Knoxville joins a legislative subcommittee to advance a bill that would fund more teacher training at the pre-K level.
January 6, 2016
What you need to know on education as the 2016 legislature begins
Vouchers and school funding likely be the dominant education issues in 2016 before the Tennessee General Assembly.
pre-k report card
December 18, 2015
City touts record 68,500 students in pre-K, releases data on program quality
The city released new data Friday about the its rapidly expanded pre-K program, which officials touted as evidence that the program has maintained high standards.
November 23, 2015
Memphis Head Start leaders seek iPad investment for district’s littlest hands
The proposed purchase of 500 iPads for Head Start students would be a first-of-its-kind technology investment for pre-K students in Shelby County Schools.
November 18, 2015
Power of pre-K gets boost from new report countering Vanderbilt study
States should raise the quality of pre-K programs and make early childhood development a priority, says a new report by leaders of the Southern Regional Education Board.
November 17, 2015
Too many of NYC’s youngest special-ed students are isolated, state says
Nearly 47 percent of the city's preschoolers with special needs attend classes just for students with disabilities, despite research on the benefits of integration.
October 20, 2015
Pre-K proponents: Vanderbilt study will inform early learning programs, not dissolve them
Even in light of a study suggesting that pre-K programs negatively impact student learning in the long run. advocates are stubborn in their commitment to early learning.
September 28, 2015
Landmark Tennessee study contradicts conventional wisdom about the power of pre-K
Although a Vanderbilt study suggests that Tennessee's pre-kindergarten program may negatively impact students by third grade, researchers caution against scrapping it.
September 8, 2015
As pre-K ranks grow again, city puts new focus on those who are absent
New York City is close to its goal of offering a pre-K seat to every four-year-old. Making sure that most of those seats are full every day is another challenge.
July 29, 2015
Studying new preschool programs could bolster success evidence but cost is a barrier
Indianapolis has a chance to do a rare gold standard study of preschool effects if someone will pay for it.
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.
annals of transparency
June 17, 2015
De Blasio signs law requiring new school diversity reports
The School Diversity Accountability Act will require the city to account for any steps it takes to advance diversity in schools and programs citywide.
the road to 70000
June 8, 2015
As city plans pre-K year two, most families get a top-choice offer
The event followed the city’s rollout of a unified enrollment system that let parents apply to both district schools and community organizations offering pre-K next year.
May 7, 2015
Pre-K expansion will be pricier than expected, budget shows
The budget also includes new funding to help struggling schools with academic programs and guidance counselors and hundreds of new school sports programs
April 23, 2015
With pre-K applications almost due, parents’ phones keep ringing
With names culled from birth records and child-care centers, workers have already dialed up more than 135,000 parents of four-year-olds.
April 13, 2015
Proposal would let pre-K parents join local education councils
The change would let pre-K parents apply for spots on the city's 32 district Community Education Councils, which are currently open to K-8 parents.
(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.
January 23, 2015
Success Academy challenges city over pre-K space
In what could be a prelude to another round of space battles with the de Blasio administration, the Success Academy charter school network…
January 16, 2015
Push for bilingual pre-K classrooms gains strength as city expands both programs
The city's dual-language programs are something of a citywide secret, though there is strong research on the educational power of those programs for young learners.
December 15, 2014
Regents want state to add $2 billion in education spending
The Board of Regents want the state to increase education spending by $2 billion next year, a spike that would include an extra $70 million for the city's pre-kindergarten expansion.
November 24, 2014
Q&A: Teach for America’s New York City leader, who says her corps may stay small
In an interview last month from Teach for America’s offices in midtown Manhattan, the organization's New York City leader Charissa Fernandez discussed her vision, which includes a move away from charter schools and a bet on retaining teachers.
October 7, 2014
After study questions equity of pre-K expansion, city pushes back
A Tuesday report analyzed city data and concluded that wealthier neighborhoods benefited from pre-K expansion efforts more than poorer ones. The city sees it differently.
September 11, 2014
U.S. Sec. of Education pushes for Haslam to apply for pre-K money
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said Tuesday that Gov. Bill Haslam should apply for federal money available for prekindergarten expansion, the Chattanooga…
September 4, 2014
Thousands of four-year-olds help de Blasio fulfill pre-K goal
“This is a moment of fulfillment, a dream we’ve had for a long time finally coming to fruition,” de Blasio said at Inner Force Tots, a pre-K site in Brooklyn on Thursday morning.
September 2, 2014
Nine pre-K sites won't open because of safety concerns
More than 1,000 four-year-olds will have to wait to start their school careers after their pre-kindergarten sites were found to be unsafe or not yet ready to receive them.
change of pace
August 28, 2014
Education leaders urge patience for de Blasio's pre-K plans
Top city and state education officials said they were optimistic about pre-K, but also worked to manage expectations about the rollout of thousands of new seats at a discussion on Thursday.
August 26, 2014
Are principals prepared to evaluate pre-K teachers?
As New York City expands its pre-K offerings, questions of how best to train principals and evaluate teachers have taken on new urgency.
August 25, 2014
With two weeks until expanded after-school launch, de Blasio emphasizes the stakes
While the city's push for after-school expansion has not been as public as the battle to fund and prepare thousands of new full-day seats in pre-K, de Blasio made clear today that expectations for the after-school rollout are still high.
Securing Pre-K Safety
August 22, 2014
After combined effort, city agencies say health violations at pre-K sites are down
The city announced on Friday that it had dramatically reduced the number of pre-K sites with open health and safety violations, after increasing site visits and working with providers to address issues on an expedited schedule.
August 19, 2014
With day one fast approaching, de Blasio and Fariña rally pre-K teachers
“On September 4, the ball gets passed to you, all over this city, to be the people to bring to life this noble idea,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told hundreds of pre-K teachers on Tuesday.
August 12, 2014
As the first day of school approaches, the city trains thousands of universal pre-K teachers
Weeks away from the first day of school, the city has put a lot of faith in Bank Street to train a whopping 4,000 teachers to ready them to teach the city’s four-year-olds. The program cost $2.2 million and will include four separate three-day sessions, the first day of which was Tuesday.
August 6, 2014
Two half-day pre-K programs do not a full day make, policy brief says
Since announcing his dramatic pre-K expansion, Mayor Bill de Blasio has repeatedly promised “high quality, full-day” seats. But a new policy brief…
One month countdown
August 5, 2014
At national summit, Fariña says she will keep 'stress factor' out of pre-K
Working toward an ambitious pre-K expansion, the city has already found space for new pre-K seats, started an intense recruitment push, and come to some conclusions about teacher pay. Now, with only one month until an estimated 50,000-plus four-year-olds breathe life into the pre-K classrooms, Chancellor Carmen Fariña said the administration is figuring out the right ways to evaluate its programs.
path to pre-k
July 11, 2014
Six charter schools now making final plans to launch pre-K this fall
A change in state law means that five charter schools will be able to offer pre-kindergarten programs for the first time this fall.
Getting to 53000
June 12, 2014
In pursuit of pre-K goal, city goes to great lengths to enlist yeshivas
As the city rushes to make 53,000 full-day pre-kindergarten seats available by September, one way it is trying to round up seats is by turning to Jewish schools. So when some yeshivas hesitated to sign on, the city went to great lengths to convince them.
June 3, 2014
De Blasio defends quality of community-based pre-K sites
Mayor Bill de Blasio promoted a new online application for pre-kindergarten programs at community-based organizations on Tuesday afternoon while pushing back against fears that these sites may be inferior to public school pre-K options.
June 3, 2014
Commission votes down pre-K proposal
The Shelby County Commission voted down a proposal to fund pre-K classrooms Monday. Commissioner Steve Mulroy wanted $2.8 million to restore funding for 26 pre-K…
Getting to 53000
May 30, 2014
City approves 10,400 new pre-K seats in sites across the city
The city has approved more than 10,000 new full-day pre-kindergarten seats in privately run centers, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday, continuing the city’s all-out sprint to make 53,000 seats available by September.
May 28, 2014
Eleven charter schools vie to help de Blasio launch pre-K, with some anxiety
Eleven charter schools are vying to open pre-K programs that would serve 324 students in the fall, city officials said this week, and another six charter schools wrote letters of intent to apply next year. The applicants represent less than 10 percent of all charter schools, and none of the city's most well-known charter management organizations applied.
May 27, 2014
A birds-eye view of every public school pre-K seat in the city
Curious how new pre-K seats at public schools map out across the city? Here’s a guide released by the department in map and…
April 28, 2014
City hurrying to allow charter schools to open pre-K programs, but big questions remain
The city is racing to allow charter schools to tap into new state funds allotted for its pre-K expansion plan. But charter leaders are waiting for answers to a number of thorny logistical questions, the subject of a meeting last Thursday between city officials and charter school leaders.
April 2, 2014
Rise & Shine: Memphis City Council does not resolve lawsuit involving $58 million in withheld funds
March 29, 2014
Pre-K funds, charter school protections, and Common Core changes in state budget deal
New York State reached agreement for a new spending plan, allocating pre-K funds for New York City, effectively reversing Success Academy co-location reversals, and laying out a process for new city charter schools to receive facilities support.
March 25, 2014
City plans Teaching Fellows-inspired program for pre-K teachers
As part of its rush to vastly expand pre-kindergarten by next school year, the city unveiled a nearly $7 million plan Tuesday to certify…
March 21, 2014
Pre-K recruitment site to help connect teachers and community organizations
The city is stepping up its efforts to recruit pre-kindergarten teachers, with a new website that encourages them to consider jobs in the community-based organizations crucial to the mayor’s pre-K expansion plan.
February 25, 2014
Fariña: Principals have already offered 800 classrooms for pre-K
Chancellor Carmen Fariña asked, and principals delivered. Specifically, they submitted about 800 of their rooms for consideration as new pre-kindergarten classrooms—space the city needs…
February 11, 2014
Fariña offers more support for pre-K, but no new details on charters or teacher pay
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said the city is moving quickly to implement its plan to provide universal pre-kindergarten, though she offered no new details about teacher pay or the inclusion of charter schools on Tuesday.
RISE & SHINE
You are now subscribed!