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November 14, 2013
City picks 71 struggling schools for lower-stakes discussions
City officials listen to students at Lehman High School describe the school's struggles last year at an "early engagement" meeting. This year's meetings will have a different tone because closure is not a possible outcome. Sustaining an annual tradition, Department of Education officials will hold meetings with teachers, parents, and students at 71 low-performing schools in the coming weeks. But with the department's leadership set to change over when Bill de Blasio becomes mayor Jan. 1, the meetings are not a prelude to a round of school closure announcements, as they were in the past. Instead, they'll be used to develop plans to help the schools get better, as de Blasio has said should be the response to low performance in almost all cases. The Bloomberg administration's strategy for improving the school system has rested heavily on closing struggling schools and opening new schools in their place. That strategy drew fire from school communities that said the city had not tried to fix the schools before closing them.
November 13, 2013
State releases redesigned school report card
The state released a new school report card today that includes a college and career readiness section. The Tennessee Department of Education said they wanted…
November 13, 2013
State board to hear options for turnaround schools as ‘clock’ runs short for two
For the first time, the State Board of Education is hearing specific recommendations about its legal options and mandates when a school district is deemed failing for five years.
November 4, 2013
Denver to roll out new system for tracking student performance
Denver Public Schools is launching a new system that would begin monitoring students' preparation for college and career as early as kindergarten.
October 21, 2013
Why Indiana matters when it comes to education
(NOTE: Much has changed since this post was first published in October of 2013. This post has not been updated to reflect…
October 2, 2013
District 2 board candidates clash over evaluations, school closures
The third in our series of debates between candidates for Denver Public School board was held Wednesday evening, featuring candidates running for the District 2 board seat, Rosario C de Baca and Rosemary Rodriguez.
October 2, 2013
In a first, Englewood hires Generation Schools to overhaul district
Englewood School District has signed a year-long partnership with the non-profit Generation Schools, a non-profit whose model includes extended learning time, increased teacher collaboration and smaller class sizes.
October 6, 2010
Large high schools still find favor in Queens, if not at Tweed
Rejecting small schools with themes like social justice or green jobs as "boutique schools," parents in central Queens are demanding that the city build them a large, comprehensive high school. And, after years of the city closing big schools and championing those boutiques, city officials have agreed. At a meeting in central Queens last night, Executive Director of School Improvement Alex Shub said the Department of Education intended to build a 1,100-seat school building in Maspeth. The school will open in 2011 or 2012, depending on how quickly the city finds and hires the right principal, Shub said. But when it does, it will be one school, not several small high schools housed in a single campus as has become the norm. "People want one large comprehensive school. You don't want a bunch of boutique schools, a dance school, a school for lawyers," Shub said to the parents assembled at P.S. 58. "It sounds like people speaking now are interested in a comprehensive school that is going to give your kids every opportunity for success. And I can guarantee you a school that can do that."
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