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Wired Olympus students race toward diploma at their own pace

Danielle Boone at work in her U.S. History class. Danielle Boone's U.S. History class at Olympus Academy High School had just begun, but she didn't need a teacher to tell her what to do. The glowing screen looking back at her told her everything she needed to know. Boone typed out the final section of an assignment on immigration – "a FIVE-sentence summary paragraph (including analysis sentence) about immigration and urbanization" – which she emailed to her teacher, sitting nearby, for grading. She then watched a short video online about the Civil War to research her next assignment, an essay on the Transcontinental Railroad. Boone will continue knocking off these assignments on her school-issued Mac computer at her own blistering pace until, finally, she's completed what is required to pass the course and earn a credit. The day after she completes the last assignment for the U.S. History class, she'll start working on another course she needs to pass to graduate. "I'm a student who works fast and this school helps me get credits," Boone said during a brief break in her work. "The faster you go, the faster you get credits." Boone is the kind of self-starter that city officials envisioned when they tasked Olympus Academy, a transfer school, with creating an online learning model in its school for its over-aged population two years ago. Olympus is part of the iLearnNYC initiative, a division of the city's Innovation Zone. Until now, the initiative, which included 124 schools this year, mainly provided technological resources to schools that were devising ways to mix traditional classroom instruction with online curriculum, an approach known as blended learning.
New York

Last ditch effort to save transfer school involves Speaker Quinn

Council Speaker Christine Quinn at a school event with UFT President Michael Mulgrew and Council member Robert Jackson last year. City Council Speaker and likely 2013 mayoral candidate Christine Quinn is the latest public official to throw her support behind an effort to keep Bushwick Community High School from closing under the city's federally-funded turnaround plans. A Quinn spokesman said today that representatives for her office have been lobbying the Department of Education in the last week to remove the embattled transfer school from the list of 26 schools being voted for closure at tomorrow's Panel for Educational Policy. Like the school's other supporters, Quinn's office got involved because she "believes in the idea of transfer schools," said the spokesman, Justin Goodman. "The metrics that are being used to close schools shouldn't apply to transfer schools because they're a completely different model." Quinn's lobbying efforts against a school slated to close is unusual. A City Council speaker rarely gets involved in individual school closures, leaving those fights up to council members who represent the local district where a school is housed. But Quinn has actually withheld speaking out about High School for Graphic Communications, a Hell's Kitchen school in her district that's also on the chopping block. Traditionally, Quinn has stayed out of fights with the city over its education policies and she has remained especially mum on school closures. Quinn didn't attend a press conference in January where 2013 Democratic candidates decried Bloomberg handling of mayoral control. Instead, a spokesman passed around statement that lauded Bloomberg's small schools movement. Quinn was also absent from a panel last week that discussed alternatives to the city's approach to school closures because she disagreed with a policy paper released by the event's host, Coalition of Educational Justice.
New York

Spring break is no time to rest for protesting transfer school