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June 7, 2019
Parent mentors celebrate graduation, program expansion: ‘Each day I know I accomplish something’
New school board President Miguel del Valle delivered the commencement speech for more than 900 graduates from Chicago's parent mentor program.
February 27, 2019
Homelessness crisis exacts an especially high price on New York City’s youngest students, report finds
The scourge of student homelessness in New York City, already at record levels, is increasingly falling on the smallest shoulders.
May 18, 2016
Former principal named president of New Visions, the data-crunching nonprofit that helps run dozens of city schools
Former teacher and principal Mark Dunetz is taking the helm of New Visions for Public Schools, a nonprofit known for data-crunching that supports dozens of city schools.
chain of command
July 7, 2015
New school-support centers will help create consistency across schools, Fariña says
The seven new help centers are part of an overhaul school system meant to centralize some authority and create some standard practices in schools.
July 1, 2015
City launches school-support centers, a key element of Fariña’s system shakeup
Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s redesigned system for supporting and overseeing schools entered a new phase Wednesday with the official launch of seven new help centers.
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 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 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.
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.
changes at the top
July 8, 2014
Fariña to require more experienced superintendents who play stronger role in schools
Current school superintendents will soon have to reapply for their jobs and undergo new training, while new applicants will need several extra years of school-based experience to be eligible for the role, schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced Tuesday.
April 25, 2013
Liu audit questions department's ability to tell networks' value
An audit by Comptroller John Liu into one of the Department of Education's school support networks found that it was doing its job — but concluded that the department can't know just how much networks help schools in them. Since 2007, the department has required principals to select support networks based on their philosophies and services, rather than grouping schools by geography. The shift means that support organizations, some run by the department and some by external nonprofits, essentially compete with each other for contracts to offer schools help with teacher training and administrative tasks, in a controversial arrangement that could potentially end when the Bloomberg administration does. Scrutinizing just one of the city's 55 networks, Children's First Network 406, Liu's office found that evidence that it was providing solid support for its schools. Principals in the network said they were satisfied with it, according to the report, released today. But Liu concluded that the department cannot show how much networks cause schools to thrive or struggle. The report recommends that the department solicit more feedback on network performance and also develop "quantifiable criteria and standards" to isolate the impact of the network on a school's performance.
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