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April 10, 2019
After Lab School admissions error, NYC officials remove deadline to accept offers but still face questions from parent council
Responding to a Tuesday letter from District 2’s Community Education Council, department officials said they will now work “as long as [families and students] need” to decide whether they want to attend Lab.
April 9, 2019
Initially rejected, 144 students learn they were accepted to NYC’s coveted Lab School
An admissions error has resulted in 144 students receiving an offer to the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies, a coveted…
NY teachers union, state officials decry computer-based testing snafus — but see different solutions
The state teachers union rallied Monday for support to end computer-based state assessments after another set of glitches muddied reading exams last week…
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April 7, 2019
In wake of budget deal, Regents to analyze new spending plan for New York schools
For the first time Monday, New York’s Board of Regents will discuss the fresh spending plan, which will send $27.9 billion to school districts across the state, and how that will affect New York’s schools.
April 5, 2019
Rise & Shine: Two students want the push for integration to go beyond specialized high schools
STRONG WORDS Sen. John Liu, who chairs the Senate’s New York City education committee, said Mayor Bill de Blasio has developed a “racist” plan to…
April 4, 2019
‘It’s happening at other schools, too.’ Students raise questions about admissions policies beyond NYC’s specialized high schools
The students believe the root cause of racist incidents is related to a lack of racial diversity created by an admissions process that gives preference to middle school applicants who live or attend schools in District 2, which includes the surrounding affluent neighborhood.
April 3, 2019
Computer-based state testing to resume in New York but concerns about glitches remain
Tuesday’s problems did not allow some students to log into the system or submit a completed test.
April 2, 2019
Rise & Shine: Mayoral control lives on, but advocates still crave emphasis on parents
ELITE ILLUSION? The debate has erupted again over admissions to New York City’s specialized high schools. But studies show that students don’t typically receive a…
March 29, 2019
As New York state budget deadline approaches, mayoral control and education funding still in negotiations
While it seems likely that Mayor Bill de Blasio will retain control of schools through the end of his term in 2022 — possibly with some caveats — it’s still unclear how much education funding the governor, the Senate, and the Assembly will agree to distribute throughout the state.
March 28, 2019
Education officials ramp up focus on foster youth, but advocates ask if it’s enough
The city's effort — largely building on what already exists — still falls short of what advocates and elected officials want in a new push to support those students.
March 28, 2019
NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson proposes eliminating SHSAT process, and adding new ‘elite’ schools
The speaker also wants to create of a new set of “elite” schools with their own competitive admissions criteria, as well as institute a slew of other measures that have been floated by observers on all sides of the integration debate.
March 26, 2019
Ahead of first anniversary in office, Carranza talks SHSAT, a pre-K strike and his turnaround strategy
Carranza said he isn't disheartened by the lack of support for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal among politicians who ultimately control the plan’s fate.
March 26, 2019
Rise & Shine: A college counselor describes how the admissions scandal has discouraged her students
FIRST PERSON The recent college admissions scandal has discouraged students who are already skeptical of their ability to get into college, writes counselor Ummi Modeste. Chalkbeat…
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March 21, 2019
As controversy over the SHSAT heats up, lawmakers call for forums to ‘hear every single voice’
The statistics showed that yet again, a little more than 10 percent of offers to specialized high schools went to black and Hispanic students, with just seven black students receiving offers to the coveted Stuyvesant High School.
March 19, 2019
New York Assembly wants to hold hearings on admission to specialized high schools
The hearings would be a significant step in the debate over a de Blasio administration proposal to scrap the single test that students take to get into the elite schools, which is viewed as a barrier to entry for students of color.
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