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July 8, 2018
Democrats for Education Reform blasts New York state’s school turnaround program
A report, issued by the local chapter of Democrats for Education Reform, argues the state’s education department has watered down its “receivership” program.
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.
Updated April 19, 2018
Internal memo offers candid postmortem of charter fight in Massachusetts
In 2015, charter school advocates had the wind at their backs as they set out to lift the state’s charter cap. A year later, their effort would end in humiliating defeat.
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 6, 2018
Charter advocates descend on Albany but could see fewer battles in 2018
In some ways, charters are in a secure space because the sector isn’t fighting potentially harmful legislation.
Updated February 5, 2018
Families for Excellent Schools says it will close, altering the education debate in New York City
The group's demise would leave New York City’s charter sector without its most aggressive advocates. Critics have already responded triumphantly — and with caution.
January 31, 2018
Families for Excellent Schools CEO ousted after investigation into ‘inappropriate behavior’
Families for Excellent Schools officials did not answer questions Wednesday about the nature of the inappropriate behavior.
August 7, 2017
Charter sector to de Blasio: If you want to play nice, prove it by giving us space
Members of the charter school sector say they are watching space requests to see if the mayor plans to ease tension between his administration and charter schools.
August 1, 2017
Mayor de Blasio just said New York City’s schools are safer than ever. Is he right?
One of his staunchest critics says just the opposite.
May 11, 2017
New York City set to expand ‘community schools’ program to include 215 schools
"This is a model that is a game-changer."
January 19, 2017
New York City’s latest pre-K quality data includes success stories — and room for improvement
A second round of pre-K data that shows there is room for improvement -- but also that some centers seem to have benefitted from an emphasis on building quality.
December 15, 2016
Chronic absenteeism is lower in New York City charter schools than in district schools, report finds
“I think attendance is a measure of school culture and school quality more than anything else."
October 20, 2016
From outrage to indifference, charter school educators respond to the NAACP’s call to limit their schools
Charter school leaders and teachers felt it important to facilitate either formal or informal conversations about the NAACP’s resolution to curb charter school growth.
rallying the troops
September 28, 2016
Charter school rally focuses on the sector’s growth, largely sidesteps recent dustup with the mayor
The pro-charter group Families for Excellent Schools said over 25,000 people attended.
August 19, 2016
As war over charter schools rages on, what power does the city actually have?
Mayor Bill de Blasio inflamed his relationship with charter schools last week, but some argue there is little he can practically do to hamper charter school growth.
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