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June 6, 2019
Charter network says no to further donations from opioid-linked Sackler family
“Achievement First has decided not to seek further funding from the Sackler family or any of their affiliated foundations,” the network’s founder and CEO Dacia Toll said.
To and Through
April 4, 2019
Can scholarship dollars help solve the college ‘undermatching’ problem? This charter network wants to find out
The network’s Brooklyn board approved a plan to offer scholarships to students who opt to attend a more expensive school with a higher graduation rate.
March 18, 2019
Achievement First charter network, still receiving Sackler money, joins nonprofits weighing opioid-linked donations
Newly public documents detailing the Sacklers’ involvement have increased pressure on nonprofits that have benefitted from the family’s largesse.
Updated March 1, 2019
‘Not a proud moment’: How turmoil at one school could shake up the Achievement First charter network
Turmoil at an Achievement First high school has escalated into a larger reckoning for the charter school network spanning three states.
May 11, 2018
Two former staff members at Families for Excellent Schools planning a new pro-charter org
The group is being incubated at 50CAN, an education advocacy group with a presence in several states and where Andersen and Singh are currently employees.
the big city
March 14, 2018
17 minutes across 5 boroughs: How New York City students protested gun violence during #NationalWalkoutDay
The conditions were ripe for widespread participation by New York City students in the national school walkout to protest gun violence: the biggest enrollment…
July 31, 2017
‘I think that’s blood money’: Arne Duncan pushed charters to reject funds from Trump admin if budget cuts approved
Former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan suggested that charter leaders refuse to accept federal charter school money if Trump’s cuts to education went through.
July 12, 2017
Foes to friends? Charter school leaders send letter saying ‘thank you’ to de Blasio for recent deal
Some of the city’s most prominent charter school leaders said they were “delighted” by the mayor's decision to work “more cooperatively” with them.
June 27, 2017
A new study reveals which NYC charter school networks are outperforming their peers
The results are part of a broader study released this month that analyzed hundreds of charter schools and networks across 26 states to assess which types of charters are most effective in boosting student learning.
June 12, 2017
Who’s helping and who’s hurting? New national study looks at how charter networks measure up, from KIPP to K12
"Why are some networks with terrible average growth allowed to continue to operate multiple schools?” the report asks.
May 23, 2017
Achievement First is betting on a new model to help more of its students graduate college
Charter schools have struggled to ensure students don't just get to college — but actually graduate.
February 23, 2017
Hundreds of education leaders from charter schools, nonprofits denounce Trump’s travel ban
Education leaders are increasingly open to weighing in on political matters that they think connect to their mission.
head of the class
October 13, 2016
First Person: ‘I was the kid who didn’t speak English’
A Brooklyn Spanish teacher reflects on Hispanic Heritage Month, and what she hopes her students learn.
March 7, 2016
‘No excuses’ no more? Charter schools rethink discipline after focus on tough consequences
As the charter sector grows, some school leaders say they're tweaking behavioral codes slightly as they search for the right balance.
return on investment
August 21, 2015
As charter students head to college, schools ask, how’d we do?
Achievement First is seeking feedback from its pioneering high school graduates about how its high school model stacked up.
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