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Does Attending a Specialized High School Make a Difference?

No, at least according to Matt Barnum who, in a recent Atlantic article called “Is Attending the ‘Best’ High School Academically Relevant?,”  bases his conclusion on a study done by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. But as a New York City mom of a son in a specialized high school, I see enormous… Continue reading Does Attending a Specialized High School Make a Difference?

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If a Charter School Operated Like This Non-Charter “Public” School It Would Be Shut Down

“Hunter is the original charter school,” offered a Hunter parent at a panel on NYC Selective School admissions that I moderated last month at BASIS Independent Manhattan School. I’d never thought of it that way but, as soon as he said it, it made perfect sense. And yet, I don’t see activists clamoring to close Hunter… Continue reading If a Charter School Operated Like This Non-Charter “Public” School It Would Be Shut Down

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Can Last Minute Test Prep Bring Diversity to NYC’s Specialized High-Schools?

Of the over 400 New York City high-schools available to residents of all five boroughs, eight are designated as “specialized.”  The application process does not take into consideration grades, state test scores, attendance, interviews, or a portfolio, as at many of the other top “screened” high-schools. The only criterion is a student’s score on a… Continue reading Can Last Minute Test Prep Bring Diversity to NYC’s Specialized High-Schools?

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Why Did I Choose KIPP Infinity Elementary School in Harlem?

Let me explain. I am a single mom raising an intelligent radical-thinking boy. For me there were two factors in choosing the best school for my son. The first was location and the second was resources and supportive services. In 2011 the UFT and charter schools, let’s just say to my understanding at the time, were… Continue reading Why Did I Choose KIPP Infinity Elementary School in Harlem?

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Charter School Enrollment Hits 10% But That’s No Remedy for NYC’s Educational Woes

Charter school enrollment just hit a milestone in New York City: these public independent schools now enroll 10% of all city students. An additional 15 charter schools will open this year in all boroughs except Staten Island. Today the New York Post celebrates this “charter school revolution.” The editors’ word choice is a bit hyperbolic… Continue reading Charter School Enrollment Hits 10% But That’s No Remedy for NYC’s Educational Woes