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“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

Why Do I Make My Daughter Do Homework Over the Summer?

My daughter struggled through much of 4th grade. She was put in Special Learning with a wonderful teacher who helped her catch up. We didn’t want all that progress to disappear over the summer. While some parents may have gone with a tutor, that wasn’t in our budget. Instead, we asked the school for workbooks… Continue reading Why Do I Make My Daughter Do Homework Over the Summer?

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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Why Parents Should Have Final Say About All Aspects of School Choice – Even the Weather

The first flake had yet to hit the ground on Thursday, February 9th when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a Snow Day and announced that all public schools would be closed. His premature reaction was likely a response to similar circumstances in 2014, when he chose to keep public schools open… Continue reading Why Parents Should Have Final Say About All Aspects of School Choice – Even the Weather

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?

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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

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Co-Locations Between Success Academy Charters and Traditional Schools: Two Different Stories

Space-sharing between traditional schools and charter schools continues to incite anxiety in New York City but two articles, both out today, depict very different outcomes for students, teachers, and communities. While popular charter schools struggle to expand in a city with sky-high real estate costs (see my post yesterday for political context), some traditional school… Continue reading Co-Locations Between Success Academy Charters and Traditional Schools: Two Different Stories