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May 17, 2019
In her first term as mayor, Lightfoot’s schools agenda to include overhaul of budgets, campus policing
Lightfoot will likely overhaul the way the district gives money to schools, and wants to take a harder look at policing in schools.
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.
March 20, 2019
In Aurora district, smaller schools and half-empty buildings have costs rising
Just two years ago, Aurora schools faced overcrowding, with almost all of them more than 90 percent full. Now the district is facing a different…
March 19, 2018
Detroit school chief wants to eliminate small high schools at Cody, Carson, and Mumford
Vitti says consolidating the schools would save the district almost $2 million.
January 20, 2017
It’s time to retire the myth that any counselor can do the job alone — even at a tiny school
The frequent mismatch between need and numbers puts school counselors like me in the position to do a great disservice.
May 16, 2016
After announcing plans for 12 school mergers, Fariña says to expect many more
Chancellor Carmen Fariña expects to consolidate a growing number of very small schools next year, which she has asked superintendents to identify, she told city…
May 5, 2015
Wanted: A problem-solver to oversee small-school mergers
The "senior director of school redesign and consolidation" will oversee the small-school mergers that Chancellor Fariña has promised.
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November 13, 2014
Fariña: When small schools stumble, city may merge them with others
“There’s such a thing as schools that are too small, because you don’t have enough support services,” Chancellor Carmen Fariña said in November.
October 16, 2014
Small high schools send larger shares of students to college, new study says
The research nonprofit MDRC found that 49 percent of students who entered a small high school between 2004 and 2007 enrolled in a four-year college, community college, or technical school, compared to 40 percent of similar students who attended other schools.
September 30, 2014
Influential researcher leaves city ed dept. for group that analyzes its data
PHOTO: Chris Nichols for NYU Steinhardt Among the latest departures from the city Department of Education is a researcher who briefly headed one of…
March 4, 2014
After Facebook post goes viral, a high school's limited course offerings take the spotlight
A Brooklyn mother says she spent months trying to call attention to problems at her son's school, and succeeded by accident when she vented to a stranger on the subway. The stranger, Brandon Stanton, posted Annette Renaud's concerns about Brooklyn's Secondary School for Journalism on his popular photography blog, Humans of New York.
December 20, 2013
Bloomberg lauds small schools on his final visit as mayor
Mayor Bloomberg spoke to students at Bard High School Early College Queens on his last school day as mayor. On the last school day of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 12 years in office, an educator gave him an unexpected gift. Bloomberg was speaking to students at Bard High School Early College Queens, a small selective school with a 96-percent graduation rate where students leave with associates’ degrees. He told them that “small, innovative schools like Bard” had helped drive up graduation rates across the city. “You are some of the luckiest kids in the world,” Bloomberg said. As he was leaving, Principal Valeri Thomson shook his hand.
August 26, 2013
Report again finds graduation rate gains at city’s small schools
For the third time, an independent research group has found that the Bloomberg administration's small high schools gave students who attended them a better chance of graduating. Being randomly selected to attend small high schools opened by Bloomberg made students significantly more likely to graduate, even for students who entered in the schools' third year, according to the report, conducted by researchers at the nonprofit firm MDRC. Students who entered in the schools' first three years graduated in four years 70.4 percent of the time, compared to 60.9 percent of the time for similar students in other schools, according to the report. The research was paid for by the Gates Foundation, which originally funded the small schools. The foundation put $150 million into the city's small schools before ending its small-schools giving in 2008, citing lackluster college readiness rates. The new report is the third installment in a series that examines "small schools of choice" that opened between 2002 and 2008 and did not select students based on their academic performance. Of the 123 schools that fit that bill, 105 had so many applicants that the schools selected among them randomly, through a lottery.
April 2, 2013
With future murky, Bloomberg celebrates his last new schools
As some of the biggest news in New York City politics unfolded this morning, Mayor Bloomberg was focused on a story that hasn't changed in more than a decade He called a press conference to tout this year's crop of new schools — 78 in all — at the same time as several elected officials were being arrested for trying to sell a slot on the mayoral ballot. The 78 new schools, 26 of which are charters, represent the largest single-year total for an administration that has opened more than 650 schools since 2002. As the last new schools to open under Bloomberg, they also represent the uncertain future of the administration's signature policies: closing low-performing schools and replacing them with new ones.
August 20, 2012
Researcher: Small Schools Aren’t Enough, But They Help
In 1994, Bridges, along with three other small high schools, was founded to replace a failing comprehensive high school in one of the poorest sections of the Bronx. I wondered, to what extent was Bridges Institute actually aligned with the tenets of critical small school reform? How did the policy and community contexts influence the vision and implementation of the reform agenda? How did the leadership and staff respond to threats? And, most importantly, was it a good school?
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