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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.
November 23, 2015
One year after launch, Fariña offers few new details about $400M Renewal program
The schools chief said chronic absenteeism is down slightly in the 94 struggling schools, but she offered few other statistics about their progress.
ask and you shall receive
October 15, 2015
Elia says school turnaround law needs changes to provide more time and money
The hearing was an opportunity for state and local education officials had to sound off on the turnaround initiative and the impact it’s having on schools.
July 16, 2015
Memphis high school students get taste of college life through Summer Institutes
GRAD Academy Memphis partners with two Memphis universities this summer in an effort to prepare and encourage students to graduate and continue their studies at college.
June 22, 2015
Fariña, de Blasio and Mulgrew aim to fire up principals at Renewal event
A private event for the 94 low-performing schools on Monday featured words of encouragement from the mayor and the chancellor.
May 29, 2015
City begins setting ‘rigorous, but reasonable’ targets for Renewal schools
A struggling high school with a 54.8 percent graduation rate would have improve to 62.3 percent in three years, according to sample benchmarks provided to principals.
May 5, 2015
Why city’s unions aren’t fighting Fariña’s school-merger plan
Fariña’s broader plan would share characteristics of the school closures that elicited outrage during the Bloomberg years, with key changes.
April 9, 2015
For some schools, a spot on Cuomo’s ‘failing’ list but not in city’s Renewal program
Among more than 70 city schools that could face receivership under a new state law, nearly 20 are not part of the city's "Renewal" improvement program.
April 9, 2015
Low-rated teachers twice as likely to work in Renewal schools
More than 20 percent of teachers in de Blasio's Renewal schools received a low rating last year, compared to less than 10 percent of teachers citywide.
just getting started
March 31, 2015
Budget basics: How evals, tenure, dismissal, and school oversight are set to change
The deal lengthens the probationary period for new teachers, awards merit pay, and makes it easier to fire a school system’s lowest performers.
Tips from the Top
March 24, 2015
Visiting a troubled school, Fariña mixes praise with pointed advice
Chancellor Fariña toured P.S. 123 in Harlem Tuesday, where she found bright spots at a school that has mainly drawn attention for its problems.
From Classrooms to 'War Rooms'
March 19, 2015
Calling state takeover a ‘disaster,’ de Blasio says city can handle struggling schools
De Blasio highlighted the progress at one turnaround school Thursday, and said education officials recently held a "war room" session to address others.
Updated March 17, 2016
School Renewal: A newly updated guide to the city’s turnaround program for 94 schools
The stakes are high for the city's school-turnaround program, which Chalkbeat has tracked closely. Here's what's happened so far.
March 6, 2015
While some struggling schools get extra attention, others wait for more help
Some struggling schools in the city's new "Renewal" program have already received extra resources and attention, while others have seen few changes.
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