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May 29, 2018
Behind the scenes, New York City schools that serve students who have fallen behind are undergoing a ‘systemic’ transformation
At the center is a question New York City has been grappling with for decades: How should the school system help students at greatest risk of dropping out?
while you were sleeping
April 26, 2018
Bronx transfer school is shuttered after late-night vote, a first for Chancellor Carranza
Chancellor Richard Carranza’s introduction to New York City continued Wednesday with an eight hour meeting in which teachers and students desperately pled for their school…
October 2, 2017
Nearly 78,000 New York City students switched schools in a single year, report finds
About 9 percent of students transferred schools in the 2014-15 school year, while 84 percent stayed put.
August 23, 2017
City plans to slash funding from Young Adult Borough Centers — a last resort option for students
Education officials plan to reduce funding directed to the city’s 23 Young Adult Borough Centers by an average of $254,000.
July 21, 2017
This seemingly small change could make it easier for guidance counselors to send students to transfer schools
Guidance counselors will be able to electronically refer students for up to three transfer schools.
a plan emerges
July 17, 2017
Student suspensions will now be used in New York state’s revised plan to evaluate schools
On Monday, education officials released revisions to their draft Every Student Succeeds Act plan.
July 5, 2017
New York City’s transfer high schools getting new admissions rules, extra oversight
The city's 52 transfer schools exclusively serve students who have dropped out or fallen behind at traditional high schools.
June 26, 2017
How one Brooklyn teen gave up gang life for a shot at graduation
"I just said, ‘You can’t give up, you can’t give up.’”
CSI New York
June 8, 2017
Will you close my school? Transfer school staff, parents and students worry about the new federal education law
Transfer schools present a conundrum for state officials since ESSA requires that schools with graduation rates under 67 percent are targeted for improvement.
June 9, 2016
City unveils new report cards for schools serving high-needs students
“Some of them could and should be more nuanced, but I think they’re valuable nonetheless,” said Maggie Moroff, a special education expert at Advocates for Children.
Updated November 13, 2015
Under de Blasio, no measures of success or failure for schools serving the neediest kids
Together, the schools enroll as many students as the city of Buffalo. Yet they have not received public report cards in two years.
November 13, 2014
For students aged 17 and in eighth grade, a Bronx middle school tries to break through
New Directions Secondary School is designed for students who are overage – some eighth-graders may be as old as 18 – and in danger of dropping out of school.
June 5, 2014
At Coney Island transfer school, award-winning principal pushes students beyond graduation
When they come home from college, Liberation Diploma Plus High alumnae Ashley Brown and Nijah Preacher make a point of seeing their high school principal. This visit was a special one, however: Principal April Leong was receiving a 2014 Sloan Public Service Award.
May 20, 2013
Charter transfer school helps students overcome past struggles
In the self portrait, her wild, curly blonde hair is tousled to one side of her face, the two sharp arrows from her lip ring poke out the left corner of her mouth and her eyebrows arch upward in a look of skepticism. Samantha Morales said drawing this picture was the hardest thing she's ever done. "I was backing out of it so many times because in the picture I had curly hair, and it was really hard to draw," she said. "But it made me learn not to give up on anything." Morales is a student at ROADS Charter School 2 in the Bronx, a charter transfer school that enrolls 15- to 17-year-olds who are overage and under-credited and have either been homeless, in jail, in foster care or child protective services, or who have dropped out of high school.
May 21, 2012
Wired Olympus students race toward diploma at their own pace
Danielle Boone at work in her U.S. History class. Danielle Boone's U.S. History class at Olympus Academy High School had just begun, but she didn't need a teacher to tell her what to do. The glowing screen looking back at her told her everything she needed to know. Boone typed out the final section of an assignment on immigration – "a FIVE-sentence summary paragraph (including analysis sentence) about immigration and urbanization" – which she emailed to her teacher, sitting nearby, for grading. She then watched a short video online about the Civil War to research her next assignment, an essay on the Transcontinental Railroad. Boone will continue knocking off these assignments on her school-issued Mac computer at her own blistering pace until, finally, she's completed what is required to pass the course and earn a credit. The day after she completes the last assignment for the U.S. History class, she'll start working on another course she needs to pass to graduate. "I'm a student who works fast and this school helps me get credits," Boone said during a brief break in her work. "The faster you go, the faster you get credits." Boone is the kind of self-starter that city officials envisioned when they tasked Olympus Academy, a transfer school, with creating an online learning model in its school for its over-aged population two years ago. Olympus is part of the iLearnNYC initiative, a division of the city's Innovation Zone. Until now, the initiative, which included 124 schools this year, mainly provided technological resources to schools that were devising ways to mix traditional classroom instruction with online curriculum, an approach known as blended learning.
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