- Let our girls learn: Albany’s charter cap is holding back New York families hungry for new public education options
- > Jun 17, 6:14 AM: We connected with over 300 young women and families, listened to their stores and centered them in our school design. In March, our school — Kwenda Collegiate Girls Charter School — was approved to open by the state. Yet our school,
- Editorial: Comrie wants more opportunity — Carranza’s just finding jobs for cronies
- Jun 17, 5:17 AM: Kudos to state Sen. Leroy Comrie for coming up with a serious plan to get more black and Hispanic kids into the city’s best high schools: by adding opportunity, not undermining excellence.
- A new way to learn: Students discuss their first year at OnTECH Charter High School
- > Jun 17, 4:24 AM: Therein lies the “sweet spot” Eagen hopes to hit: Her school, like many charter schools, is not a replacement for traditional schools — it is designed function as another choice for students who may otherwise not thrive in
- New York Mayor Adopts Ideas to Diversify Schools but Toughest Issues Remain Unaddressed
- > Jun 11, 7:49 AM: Adding programs to attract diverse students to schools they might not have considered; translating more materials about admissions for parents who don’t speak English; ensuring admission fairs take place in buildings the disabled
- Editorial: Learning and earning
- > Jun 10, 6:52 AM: No one wants teachers to be underpaid, but when their compensation reaches a premium level, the students’ families have the right to expect premium results. All too often, educational outcomes in this state don’t meet that
- Pro-charter forces make last-ditch Albany plea to lift cap on schools
- Jun 6, 7:18 AM: Dozens of charter school advocates from across the five boroughs made a last-ditch plea at the state Capitol building Wednesday, pushing the Legislature to lift a cap that’s blocking more charters in the city.
- Students Admitted to Elite Schools Through Diversity Push Do Well Academically, City Data Show
- > Jun 4, 8:13 AM: Students who missed the test-score cutoff for New York City’s elite high schools, and got in through a diversity initiative called Discovery, had report cards in ninth and 10th grades showing they could handle the rigorous work
- Cuomo says charter school cap won’t be lifted by end of Albany session
- > Jun 4, 7:24 AM: Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Monday said although he supports lifting the cap to allow more charter schools to open in New York City, a proposal to allow that to happen won’t pass the Legislature before the Albany session ends on June
- Lawmakers look to close schools that… excel
- Jun 4, 7:15 AM: With Democrats now fully in charge in Albany, the teachers unions are no longer content with halting the growth of the charter sector: They’re pushing to crush it altogether.
- Editorial: An unequal spending equation on education
- > Jun 3, 7:23 AM: It comes as no surprise, but it’s worth taking a moment to note it, anyway: In 2017, New York’s public school spending hit a high of $23,091 per student, more than any other state and 89% higher than the national
- State Dems fighting charter schools near end of legislative session
- Jun 3, 5:39 AM: State Democratic lawmakers have declared war on charter schools in the waning days of the legislative session — introducing four bills that parrot recommendations by the anti-charter teachers’ union.
- Opinion: Lift the cap, to let community charter schools bloom
- > May 23, 6:33 AM: Gov. Cuomo has urged the state Legislature to lift the cap on the number of charter schools allowed to open in New York City, but has been met with resistance from legislators who oppose charters on the grounds that they are the
- In Class: Linking young students to importance of college
- > May 20, 7:30 AM: Over the course of three days in March, PS 78 hosted its fifth annual College Fair in the school gymnasium for its students and families. The Stapleton school works to create an atmosphere of college-bound learners and increase
- New York rent reforms could wind up in omnibus bill bundled with charter school cap and legal weed
- > May 16, 7:07 AM: With only five weeks left in the legislative session and exactly one month until current rent laws expire, Albany insiders say it’s increasingly likely that long-sought rent reforms favoring tenants could be bundled with other items
- What's Next as the City Charter School Cap Nears?
- > May 9, 7:26 AM: The Math, Engineering, and Science Academy Charter High School, known as MESA, is enormously popular. More than 600 students applied for 130 spots in its next entering class. Now it wants to expand, but it's not clear it will be
- Column: New York debates the symptom of its education problem rather than the cause
- May 9, 5:11 AM: Continuing to believe that the test is the problem covers up the ugly, yet rather obvious truth: New York (and most other American cities) are filled with public schools that are de facto segregated by race and class.
- Charter School Expansion In New York Unlikely In 2019
- May 7, 7:09 AM: The cap on charter schools in New York is unlikely to be raised this year, due to changing political dynamics in the Democratic- led New York State legislature, and opposition from the teachers union.
- New law gives NY teachers expanded power in their evaluations
- > May 7, 6:49 AM: Local teacher unions through the collective bargaining process should have greater control over how their members are evaluated going forward. That's because lawmakers added provisions to a new law that permanently halted the
- Evaporating enrollment: Can New York’s rural school districts survive?
- > May 6, 7:23 AM: The Ripley Central School District, tucked away in a quiet corner of Western New York state near the banks of Lake Erie, served more than 500 students in 1994. Today, only 137 students are enrolled in the district, a loss of about
- Opinion: Charters can help traditional schools: Instead of 'us vs. them,’ both sides of the public education battle should embrace ‘win-win’
- May 3, 7:00 AM: Everyone in New York appears to view the upcoming decision over raising the cap on city charter schools as a classic us vs. them battle. It shouldn’t be.