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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.
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.
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.
May 5, 2015
Why city’s unions aren’t fighting Fariña’s school-merger plan
Fariña’s broader plan would share characteristics of the school closures that elicited outrage during the Bloomberg years, with key changes.
war of words
November 25, 2014
Charter school advocates ratchet up pressure on Fariña to address enrollment claims
Dozens of parents with Families for Excellent Schools gathered at City Hall on Tuesday, calling for an apology from Chancellor Carmen Fariña for her claim that charter schools violated admissions requirements by recruiting top-scoring students using “postcards.”
July 18, 2013
Charter advocates criticize UFT's lawsuit against city's planning
Charter school advocates are criticizing the UFT after the union filed a lawsuit that aims to curb the Bloomberg administration's ability to offer space to charter schools. The 15-page suit, filed today in State Supreme Court, asks for the city to be barred from proposing changes to how school buildings are used that would take effect after the first day of the following school year. The suit comes as the Department of Education considers plans, including charter school co-locations, that would not be implemented until 2015, nearly two years after Mayor Bloomberg leaves office. If a judge sides with the union, the department could try to set co-locations for the fall of 2014 this fall, but it could not plan further ahead, and plans that were approved last year for 2014 would be undone.
April 23, 2013
Parents with Families for Excellent Schools start to get political
Parents involved with Families for Excellent Schools sit in a small group discussion to talk about the answer to a question posed by the group facilitator: "What are the characteristics of a quality education?" Regina Dowdell stepped up to the microphone and made an honest admission to the room full of fellow parents. "I personally didn't know exactly what the mayor did," said Dowdell, whose daughter attends Girls Preparatory Bronx Charter School. "I think that's an important focus today."
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