School Choice

Don’t Get Angry, Get Eva

(This is a guest post by Peter Cunningham, the executive director of Education Post. He recently served as assistant secretary for communications and outreach in the U.S. Department of Education during the Obama Administration’s first term. Prior to that he worked with Arne Duncan when he was CEO of the Chicago Public Schools.) Somehow, while managing… Continue reading Don’t Get Angry, Get Eva

Accountability · Blog · School Choice

“The rollback of education reform in New York has been the most dramatic in the country.”

That’s Mike Petrilli of the Fordham Foundation in an article published last night on PoliticoPro. In this deep dive into the regression of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s commitment to education reform, Eliza Shapiro surveys the last three years of education politics in the most segregated state school system in the country. Because this piece is only… Continue reading “The rollback of education reform in New York has been the most dramatic in the country.”

School Choice

Success Academy Wins Award for Closing Achievement Gaps (And Scores Two Victories in One Week)

Success Academy Charter Schools, New York City’s largest charter management organization that operates 41 elementary, middle, and high schools in Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens serving 14,000 students, just won the 2017 Broad Prize for Public Charter Schools. The prize awards $250,000 to the public charter network that, according to a press release, “has demonstrated the… Continue reading Success Academy Wins Award for Closing Achievement Gaps (And Scores Two Victories in One Week)

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“Parents Are Far More Sophisticated Than We Give Them Credit For”: Eva Moskowitz Speaks Out

This whole district public school vs. charter public school — I don’t think parents think of it that way. I think they think of, “I want a great school for my kid. Who’s got one? And how can I get my kid into that school?” That’s Eva Moskowitz, founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter… Continue reading “Parents Are Far More Sophisticated Than We Give Them Credit For”: Eva Moskowitz Speaks Out

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Does Donald Trump’s Support for Choice Have to Be Bad for Charter Schools?

Charter schools are a controversial topic in New York City, although their supporters range from wealthy Wall Street contributors to middle-class parents looking for a more rigorous academic environment to underserved families desperate to escape their local, failing public schools. They also face opposition from all three demographics, proving that they’re an issue whose base… Continue reading Does Donald Trump’s Support for Choice Have to Be Bad for Charter Schools?

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How’s Hizzoner’s School Improvement Plan Doing? An Interim Report

In January 2013, just before Bill de Blasio was sworn in for his first term as New York City’s mayor, a reporter asked him what he wanted his legacy to be. He replied that he wanted to be known as “the education mayor.” Three years into his first term he might ask, as Ed Koch… Continue reading How’s Hizzoner’s School Improvement Plan Doing? An Interim Report

New York City

Mayor de Blasio’s “Moral, Political, and Economic Obligation” to Support Charter School Expansion

New York City’s charter school leaders are calling upon Mayor Bill de Blasio to double the number of charter school seats available to students by 2020. According to an editorial published in today’s Daily News by the leaders of Achievement First, Uncommon Schools, KIPP, Public Prep, and Coney Island Prep, NYC students are best served by expanding… Continue reading Mayor de Blasio’s “Moral, Political, and Economic Obligation” to Support Charter School Expansion

New York City

Mayor de Blasio Visits a Charter School and Emerges Unscathed: Photo Op or Epiphany?

Here’s Mayor Bill de Blasio last month on New York City charter schools’ superior student proficiency levels compared to traditional NYC schools: “If that’s where they put a lot of their time and energy, of course it could yield better test scores. But we don’t think that’s good educational policy,” he said in August. “We… Continue reading Mayor de Blasio Visits a Charter School and Emerges Unscathed: Photo Op or Epiphany?

New York City

About That Uptick in NYC Test Scores, I Hope De Blasio Sends a Thank You Note to Mike Bloomberg

Here’s what New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said upon the news, released Friday, that the percentage of students who passes state assessments in reading jumped to 38%, almost 8 points higher than last year: These results represent important progress and outline real improvements across each borough of our city. We congratulate our students,… Continue reading About That Uptick in NYC Test Scores, I Hope De Blasio Sends a Thank You Note to Mike Bloomberg

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NYC Coalition Attacks Mayor de Blasio for Depriving Kids of Space and Opportunity

By failing to provide our students with timely and fair access to public space, you are denying opportunity to New York City’s highest need children. This quote is from a letter to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio from what the Daily News called the city’s “biggest charter school networks under an umbrella group… Continue reading NYC Coalition Attacks Mayor de Blasio for Depriving Kids of Space and Opportunity