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March 7, 2019
In New York legislature, little apparent momentum behind bills to eliminate the SHSAT
There appears to be little momentum to ensure the passage of a bill that would get rid of the specialized high school admissions test, or SHSAT, which is the sole criteria for entry into these schools.
By the numbers
November 5, 2018
Beyond hiring: The struggle to diversify Chicago’s teaching ranks
In Chicago, the ranks of black teachers continue to decline, and the percentage of Latino teachers has only increased slightly.
October 19, 2018
Love or hate the specialized high school test, New York City students take the exam this weekend
The Specialized High Schools Admissions Test has been both lauded as a fair measure for who gets accepted to the city’s most coveted…
Teaching & Classroom
August 15, 2018
Carranza aims to speed up anti-bias training for educators, calling it a ‘cornerstone’ of school improvement
The chancellor's goal is to compress the original four-year roll out of the anti-bias training to two.
August 13, 2018
Fair and objective or useless and biased? A Chalkbeat guide to the case for and against New York City’s specialized high school test
When Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a plan to scrap the exam that serves as the sole entrance criteria for New York City’s…
Race and class
August 10, 2018
Designing diversity: How one Memphis charter school set out to recruit its students
The result was 150 students that more closely mirror the demographics of the county than any other school in the district.
July 31, 2018
Can a proposal to expand gifted classes help integrate New York City’s specialized high schools?
In the battle to integrate New York City’s specialized high schools, some have argued that the city’s efforts should start…
July 17, 2018
To integrate specialized high schools, are gifted programs part of the problem or the solution?
As debate has erupted in recent weeks over Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposal to overhaul admissions to the city’s most prestigious specialized…
June 22, 2018
New York City schools Chancellor Richard Carranza on segregation, national politics, and being Mexican-American
In his two months on the job, Chancellor Richard Carranza has left little room to doubt how he thinks and feels about…
Charters & Choice
February 12, 2018
Indianapolis writer wonders if ‘our discomfort was rooted in prejudice’ when he didn’t get his child’s first school choice
"We simply saw a school with lots of poor kids in a poor neighborhood, and our parental instinct — impulsive, judgmental, illogical — kicked in."
January 16, 2018
Tennessee’s mediocre teacher training programs prompt ‘interventions’ with university presidents
Armed with sobering data, state officials meet with top brass at universities where programs have grown out of touch with the needs of K-12 classrooms.
January 5, 2018
Seeking a new direction, this Memphis elementary school is turning to young black men for leadership
The trio of young black male administrators stand out in the world of elementary education. Nationwide, only 2 percent of K-12 educators are black men.
December 11, 2017
Just as Lower East Side integration plan takes off, superintendent who helped craft it steps down
The longtime superintendent of the Manhattan community district where parents pushed for a plan to desegregate the local schools is stepping down just as the…
November 20, 2017
Five months in, crucial part of New York City’s school diversity plan begins to take shape
Five months after New York City officials announced a much-anticipated plan to address school segregation, an advisory group that is supposed to help put…
October 25, 2017
New York City tweaks admissions at an elite middle school, sparking an uproar
The city wants Medgar Evers College Preparatory School to enroll more students with disabilities. Parents fear this is part of plan to overhaul the school's admissions.
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