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February 25, 2015
De Blasio rejects Cuomo’s school takeover plan, citing city’s turnaround program
The mayor told lawmakers that the governor’s plan to let outside groups take over struggling schools is not needed in New York City, which has its own turnaround program.
State of the City
February 3, 2015
No education news in State of the City speech, as de Blasio celebrates pre-K
Mayor Bill de Blasio took another pre-kindergarten victory lap in his State of the City speech on Tuesday, which focused on affordable housing.
'Shoots of Green'
February 2, 2015
As state reviews city’s turnaround plans, Regents chief sees progress at a troubled school
Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch was impressed by what she found on a recent visit to Automotive High School, one of many struggling schools the city is under pressure from the state to improve.
January 12, 2015
Fariña names leader for school turnaround program
Chancellor Carmen Fariña has created a new office led by a longtime educator to run her turnaround program for struggling schools.
January 9, 2015
In struggling schools, Fariña looks to shape how students read and write
Chancellor Carmen Fariña is asking some struggling schools to adopt certain reading and writing practices, including elements of a controversial literacy approach. As she does, she is careful to say that principals can keep their authority over curriculum.
Pop the Hood
January 6, 2015
City set to conduct head-to-toe reviews of struggling schools
The 94 struggling schools in the city’s new turnaround program will undergo top-to-bottom reviews beginning this month, the first step in an improvement-planning process.
December 19, 2014
City submits plans for struggling schools, after delay
After a months-long delay, the city on Friday submitted improvement plans to the state for roughly 250 of its lowest performing schools, including two that…
December 10, 2014
As city creates 128 new community schools, advocates call for official guidelines
Even as they applauded Mayor Bill de Blasio for promising to convert 128 schools into service-rich “community schools,” advocates urged the city on Wednesday to adopt formal guidelines to make sure the schools have similar standards and practices.
December 9, 2014
Principals will be able to swap schools for a year under new contract
Principals could earn a bonus by swapping schools for a year under an unusual — and under-the-radar — provision of the city's contract agreement with the school-administrators union.
November 25, 2014
How de Blasio is perpetuating Bloomberg’s myth of the failing school
Education professor David Bloomfield: In his renewal plan for struggling schools, Mayor de Blasio has mistakenly fallen for a myth usually promoted by his conservative adversaries: that failure is the fault of individual schools, not the school system.
a closer look
November 17, 2014
Restaffing plan for two troubled schools faces scrutiny
A restaffing plan for two of the city’s lowest-performing schools faces scrutiny by state officials who want to see drastic changes and from critics who worry the plan could trip up other schools.
November 13, 2014
What Mayor de Blasio’s school-improvement plan is missing: a goal
Education professor Aaron Pallas: The mayor failed to deliver a clear message about his goals for the school system — and that ambiguity may leave us with the same, traditional ways of measuring success by test scores and graduation rates.
Mergers and acquisitions
November 13, 2014
Fariña: When small schools stumble, city may merge them with others
“There’s such a thing as schools that are too small, because you don’t have enough support services,” Chancellor Carmen Fariña said in November.
November 7, 2014
In city-union deal, leaders and faculty at two troubled schools will reapply for their jobs
The principals and staffers at two of the city’s lowest performing schools must reapply for their jobs as part of a state-ordered overhaul of the troubled schools. The city and the teachers and principals unions agreed to the rehiring plan late Thursday.
November 6, 2014
At Boys and Girls HS, struggling students urged to transfer, sources say
Students who are unlikely to graduate on time have been urged to transfer out of Boys and Girls HS since a new principal took over, sources say. Principals at other low-performing schools have also advised lagging students to leave.
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