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July 18, 2019
One year in, Gates-funded networks of schools are getting off the ground — and more are on the way
One year after announcing $93 million in grants to 21 nonprofits, Gates Foundation says their continuous improvement model might not work, but that it's worth the risk.
October 23, 2017
Gates Foundation: Before we spend $1 billion on school ‘networks,’ tell us how they should work
The foundation wants existing “networks” to explain how they spend their money, and what's already worked for them.
September 9, 2015
Five big questions facing New York City schools as a new year begins
Will the “Renewal” program make inroads? What will come of the push for more family engagement? And how will the de Blasio administration campaign for mayoral control?
A league of their own
May 8, 2015
Exclusive: Fariña to let some high schools opt out of her reorganization
Schools in those groups will be affiliated with like-minded high schools from across the city, while most schools are bound by their geographic districts.
March 9, 2015
Fariña names seven powerful new leaders of borough support centers
The new hires include leaders of the old support networks, current education department officials, a Brooklyn principal, and a Boston school official.
February 17, 2015
Immigrant groups see chance to improve language services in chancellor’s reorganization
With changes coming to the city's school-support structure, immigrant groups are asking the Department of Education to improve translation services for parents with limited English proficiency.
February 13, 2015
How a few school-support groups created under Bloomberg survived Fariña’s overhaul
Several privately run school-support groups will continue under Fariña, but some are poised to play a bigger role than others.
February 2, 2015
Fariña’s new regional directors will have expansive roles, job posting shows
The directors will have a lot to oversee: Besides helping schools with a myriad of operational and instructional issues, the centers will also assist with school safety, after-school and summer programs, educational technology, and even dealing with “inappropriate behaviors and legal issues."
into the weeds
January 22, 2015
Six things we don’t yet know about Fariña’s system overhaul
How will the new borough support centers work? Who pays for what? And what will happen to the nonprofits that help manage schools?
January 22, 2015
With system shake-up, Fariña aims for clear line of command
In a speech Thursday, Chancellor Carmen Fariña formally shifted power back to district superintendents, and promised to disband the school-support networks that had eclipsed them.
a new plan
January 22, 2015
It’s official: Networks dead, regional support to return, sups to exert more control at struggling schools
School-support networks are dead and regional support centers are back, Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced Thursday in her biggest reversal of Bloomberg-era education policy yet.
January 21, 2015
Report: School support networks had little impact on student achievement
The city’s school-support networks have had little overall impact on student achievement, failing to overcome the powerful link between students’ backgrounds and their academic performance, according to a new report. The report comes as Chancellor Carmen Fariña is set to overhaul the school-support system.
January 16, 2015
Network staffers jumping ship ahead of Fariña’s system overhaul
The Bloomberg-era school-support networks are already shedding leaders and staffers ahead of an overhaul of the city’s school governance system.
December 23, 2014
To some principals, rise of superintendents signals decline of networks
As Chancellor Carmen Fariña re-empowers superintendents, many principals believe this means that school-support networks are on the way out. For principals who value their networks, that is an alarming prospect.
October 21, 2014
As she boosts superintendents, Fariña says networks still have a role
At an event for the city's newly empowered superintendents, Chancellor Fariña implied that anyone looking for a full return to old systems in which district superintendents oversaw large staffs might be disappointed.
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