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sizing up school reform
April 10, 2019
New York City’s experiment with small high schools helped students stay in college, study shows
Students who entered one of New York City’s new small high schools between 2006 and 2010 were much more likely to go to college and stick around.
Who's In Charge
March 7, 2019
As mayoral control debate heats up, de Blasio takes concerns about parent input ‘very seriously’
In City Hall’s first rally to drum up support for the extension of mayoral control of city schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio acknowledged concerns from state lawmakers that parents need more of a voice in how schools are governed.
to the races
March 1, 2019
Michael Bloomberg may run for president. What you should know about the billionaire’s education record in New York City
Weeks before he left office in 2013, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg stood before reporters and touted a record-high city graduation rate of 66…
October 11, 2018
Holding middle-schoolers back causes dropout rates to spike, new research finds
To hold back or not to hold back? For many policymakers, the answer was clear: it was time to stop allowing struggling students to keep moving through school.
Student & School Performance
February 26, 2018
Ahead of school closure vote, New York City families protest and anxiously await new options
It’s the largest single round of closures since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014.
December 22, 2017
‘She lived by that’: Carmen Fariña’s school-by-school theory of change inspired awe, but also doubt
Fariña’s fans see her school-level focus and faith in the perfectibility of the system as her greatest strength; to critics, it's a fatal flaw.
a chalkbeat cheat sheet
September 17, 2017
In new memoir, Eva Moskowitz offers a look behind the curtain at Success Academy — and tries to reshape her reputation
It’s clear that the goal for Moskowitz, who runs New York City’s largest, most controversial network of charter schools, is not just score-settling.
August 31, 2017
New York City closes the door on Mayor Bloomberg’s boot camp for principals, marking end of an era
The Aspiring Principals Program has ended after a 14-year run.
Funding the ATR
July 26, 2017
Absent Teacher Reserve cost New York City $151.6 million this past school year, far more than previously estimated
Using the IBO’s estimate, on average each ATR teacher received a total of $116,258 in salary and fringe benefits for the past school year.
March 14, 2017
Report: Students and educators say school climate has worsened under de Blasio after sweeping discipline reforms
"What this evidence suggests is that we need to do more than just reduce suspensions."
December 21, 2016
Education candidate Josh Thompson challenging de Blasio with long-shot bid for mayor
Thompson supports school vouchers, charter schools and merit pay for educators -- all contentious issues in New York City, where the teachers union is famously strong.
'aspirational ice cream'
March 18, 2016
Principals and AP’s earned $6.9M last year in bonuses tied to evaluations
More than 330 principals and nearly 660 AP's received bonuses, which were based on principal evaluations instead of school ratings.
November 19, 2015
Bloomberg’s early school closures benefitted future students, new study finds
A new study found that former Mayor Bloomberg’s policy of closing bottom-ranked high schools didn't hurt their own students and benefitted those who came after.
who rules the schools
November 4, 2014
Election sets the stage for fresh debate over mayoral control
Last November, Chalkbeat noted that a drag-out fight over mayoral control didn’t appear likely, given that most of its past opponents are now allies of City Hall.
a second look
October 23, 2014
Two years after escaping closure, a Bronx high school works to improve
Two years after a proposal to close Alfred E. Smith CTE High School was nixed, the school's principal has worked to increase attendance rates and morale, while still facing a number of big challenges common to low-performing schools.
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