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October 15, 2018
Chicago sets community meetings on controversial school inventory report
Chicago Public Schools is hosting a dozen workshops for community members focused on a controversial…
July 9, 2018
How school desegregation efforts could change, or not, after DeVos’s move to scrap Obama-era guidance on race
The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw guidance dealing with race in school admissions last week wasn’t just about…
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?
Updated April 18, 2018
It’s now easier for siblings to attend the same NYC school. Here’s how that could affect transfers, gifted programs and diversity.
Students applying for pre-K or kindergarten at schools that include middle and high school grades will receive priority if they have a sibling there.
choice for most
August 10, 2017
Choice for most: In nation’s largest voucher program, $16 million went to schools with anti-LGBT policies
One in 10 of Indiana’s voucher schools publicly shares a policy suggesting or declaring that LGBT students are not welcome.
choice for most
August 10, 2017
Explore: Indiana private schools’ policies on LGBT students
How do schools in Indiana’s voucher program deal with LGBT students? Search for a school, city, or county to see their policies.
December 22, 2016
Year In Review: Barriers to Entry, a look inside New York’s ‘admissions obstacle course’
At best, the high school admissions process in New York is a labyrinth of policies and paperwork. In some schools, dozens of students compete for each seat.
October 24, 2016
Applying to pre-K, kindergarten or gifted programs? Here’s where to learn more
This year marks the first time parents can learn about pre-K, kindergarten and gifted programs in a combined event.
high school and beyond
December 10, 2015
How some low-income students discovered the unwritten rules of high school admissions
A program called Breakthrough New York helps fill in gaps.
October 28, 2015
City moves to delete contentious footnote in admissions rules that limits role of race
Chancellor Carmen Fariña bowed to pressure from advocates to remove a line in the admissions code that limits the consideration of race.
G&T by the numbers
May 27, 2015
Gifted and talented offer rate rises, while sharp disparities remain
The city offered seats in its accelerated programs to 66 percent of eligible students who applied, up from 60 percent last year.
April 14, 2015
72 percent of families get top kindergarten pick as fewer schools have waitlists
Still, 10 percent of the nearly 68,000 families that applied did not get matched with any of the schools on their applications.
December 30, 2014
State offers city $10M to improve diversity at eight low-performing schools
Updated, 4:55 p.m. — The state is offering the city up to $10 million over the next three years to increase diversity at…
annals of choice
February 12, 2014
In Brooklyn's District 13, a task force aims to engineer socioeconomic integration
Advocates see the not-fully-gentrified District 13 as being particularly ripe for establishing socioeconomically integrated schools, which research has shown to benefit low-income students' learning. A "weighted lottery" at the popular Academy for Arts & Letters could be the next frontier for the district.
November 7, 2013
LES school diversity study raises questions about "dezoning"
A group of urban planners have validated what some teachers and parents on the Lower East Side say they've been watching over the last decade: Schools in the neighborhood are growing more segregated. The planners say they can't explain the changes, but local parents blame the Department of Education's emphasis on districtwide choice for allowing the neighborhood's schools to become increasingly segregated, in an arrangement that researchers say is not good for students of any race or class. Some parents have even lobbied against the department's proposals to "dezone" other districts, in some cases helping sway other parent leaders away from agreeing to admissions rules like District 1's. What the parents are trying to prevent are more stories like the Lower East Side's, where there is potential for school diversity but students instead increasingly attend schools where their classmates are very much like themselves. A damning report A few blocks apart in the Lower East Side, the Neighborhood School is 40.6 percent white, while P.S. 142, just a few blocks away, is 2.8 percent white. More than a decade ago, a gap that size didn't exist.
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