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behind the budget
February 10, 2019
Budget dance among items on New York Regents to-do list this week
Budget talks, graduation rates and struggling schools are on the agenda Monday for state education policymakers.
November 30, 2017
Sources: In a first, New York City will add more schools to its controversial ‘Renewal’ program
The additions come at a pivotal moment for one of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s signature education initiatives.
October 18, 2017
Three years in, some signs of (slight) academic growth at struggling ‘Renewal’ schools
“The reality is it’s hard to get large increases in struggling schools.”
October 5, 2017
These 25 New York City schools could face closure or state takeover this year — but most probably won’t
“The fact that the city is being a bit more vocal about shutting down struggling schools may make it seem like less of a priority for the state."
good news bad news
August 17, 2017
New York City is sending fewer latecomer students to Renewal schools, but questions remain
It’s unclear if that policy change is making a significant difference on the ground.
inputs and outcomes
June 30, 2017
Are we expecting too much from community schools? Former U.S. Education Secretary John King weighs in
We asked King whether community schools should produce clear academic gains or if improving access to social services is enough to justify the approach.
stuck in the middle
October 19, 2016
How one struggling Bronx school got caught in the crossfire between Cuomo and the State Education Department
“To single out one school and say it’s the worst school in the state is misleading on so many levels."
September 27, 2016
Signs of optimism at Boys and Girls High School, but challenges lie ahead
“It’s very, very refreshing to have a dedicated principal — that’s not something we’ve had for a long time."
August 4, 2016
How to prepare teachers for struggling schools? Harvard thinks it has a new answer
“Nationwide, we’re in a teacher shortage, especially quality teachers,” said program director Eric Shed. “We really want to impact the field of teacher preparation.”
July 14, 2016
Nearly half the teachers and staff are leaving six of New York City’s struggling schools
It's a significant shake-up at a few of the schools the de Blasio administration is on a tight timeline to improve. All told, just 54 percent will return.
Summer in the city
June 30, 2016
One in five students at struggling schools forced to attend summer school
About 19 percent of students in the city's low-performing "Renewal" schools must attend summer schools, compared to 6 percent citywide.
what albany's talking about
March 31, 2016
Union warns that last-minute negotiations could put more schools at risk of takeover
Lawmakers are in the final stages of debating the budget, which must be passed by midnight tonight to meet the budget deadline.
January 27, 2016
Fariña holds firm on mayoral control as Republicans take shots at de Blasio
Testifying before state lawmakers, Fariña said that her long career in education has taught her that bureaucracies “do harm education.”
December 16, 2015
How the Every Student Succeeds Act could change New York schools
The law could eventually lead to changes in testing, what happens to struggling schools, and more as the state gets more leeway to make education policy decisions.
struggling school skirmish
December 4, 2015
After Tisch attacks Renewal goals, city says school closures possible next year
After Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch called the city's goals for some troubled schools "ridiculous," a city spokeswoman said some schools could be closed next year.
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