The Big Sort: How Chicago’s school choice system is tracking kids into different high schools based on achievement

http://hechingerreport.org/content/big-sort-chicagos-school-choice-system-tracking-kids-different-high-schools-based-achievement_16731/ “Over the past decade, Chicago has opened dozens of new high schools, and will open more this fall. The school district is trying to expand the number of “quality school options” and offer students a choice of where to go to school. And in many ways, Chicago high schools seem to be improving. Graduation … Continue reading The Big Sort: How Chicago’s school choice system is tracking kids into different high schools based on achievement

NYSUT Supports Districts That Opt Out of State Field Tests

By dianeravitch May 30, 2014 The New York State United Teachers issued a statement supporting th districts that are opting out of state field tests. “ALBANY, N.Y. May 30, 2014 – As tens of thousands of students statewide prepare to begin field testing” questions for future state exams, New York State United Teachers President Karen … Continue reading NYSUT Supports Districts That Opt Out of State Field Tests

New York City Charter Move Proves Pricey

New York City's move to oust three charter schools from district buildings appears to carry a hefty price tag. The mayor's budget sets aside $5.4 million in the coming fiscal year to lease sites for three Success Academy charters—more than $11,000 in rent for each child expected to be enrolled. The price tag comes after … Continue reading New York City Charter Move Proves Pricey

Record Campaign Fund Buys Governor a Political Headache – WNYC

Andrew Cuomo is a man of grand, possibly national ambitions. New York's governor doesn’t just want to win re-election. He wants to crush his opponent, win by the biggest margin in history, and beat his dad Mario’s historic 65 percent vote tally from 1986 — still a record. To do that, the governor has focused … Continue reading Record Campaign Fund Buys Governor a Political Headache – WNYC

School Segregation

"News coverage about a new report on severe segregation in New York City public schools has focused on lack of student diversity in schools in Harlem and the Bronx. However, the report also noted another area where school segregation is particularly heavy, though it has received little media coverage: the East Village and Lower East … Continue reading School Segregation

UNHS

UNHS Principal - Highlighted in DNAinfo Article "Elizabeth Collins, the principal of University Neighborhood High School, said plans were already underway for a career and technical education (CTE) program with a focus on information technology that could be implemented by as early as fall 2015. University Neighborhood High School was told on Feb. 27 that it would no … Continue reading UNHS

CEC 1 Gym Survey in the news!

"It's just sad," said Mark Federman, the school's principal. "You look at a suburban school or a private school and it's just something that you would never imagine — a high school without a gym." The East 12th Street high school is just one of many in the area without recreation space, according to a new … Continue reading CEC 1 Gym Survey in the news!

UNHS

Last week, the DOE released information on the revocation of nine previously approved co-locations across NYC. Beginning in the fall of 2014, the new CTE model school will be opening within Murray Bergtraum instead of UNHS. Click here to read the press release statements from Council Member Margaret Chin as well as CEC 1 President, … Continue reading UNHS

Diversity over Exclusivity

Ditmas Park's P.S. 139 Principal Mary McDonald told parents the elementary school would no longer accept kindergartners applications for the SOAR program. Future classes will be 'heterogeneously grouped.' Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/brooklyn-school-cutting-gifted-program-boost-diversity-article-1.1595864#ixzz2sGJcJE1S