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Principals Chafe at City's New Plans for Federal Grants

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

The union representing New York City principals is angry the city is planning to turn 14 low-performing schools over to six outside organizations.

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The Big Fix: Fixing Schools, Fixing Teachers

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Student grades are up at struggling Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School – a school with low graduation rates. But federal funds that school administrators credit with helping the recent transformation now hang in the balance.

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Higher Grad Rates at Some High Schools Set to Close

Monday, June 20, 2011

Seven out of 14 failing high schools the city wants to close posted higher on-time graduation rates last year — and advocates who have sued to keep the schools open says that's a good sign.

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The Big Fix: Staying on Top of Seniors at Chelsea High

Thursday, April 21, 2011

The so-called war board is the the most eye-catching item in Principal Brian Rosenbloom’s office at Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School. It's a big, white dry-erase board listing the names of all seniors along with the number of credits and Regents exams needed to graduate in June.

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City and Teachers Still Negotiating School Turnarounds

Monday, April 18, 2011

The city said it's running out of time to strike a deal with the teachers union on a plan to improve failing schools.

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Protesters Stage Walk Out as Panel Votes to Close More Schools

Friday, February 04, 2011

A city panel voted early Friday morning to phase out 12 more schools — including storied Jamaica High and Columbus High in the Bronx — following a rowdy public hearing in which hundreds staged a walk-out in a show of protest.

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Thirteen More Schools Face Final Word on Future

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

The fate of 13 more struggling schools will be determined by the Panel for Educational Policy when it votes Thursday night on whether the schools should be shuttered.

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Panel Set to Vote on Fate of 25 Struggling City Schools

Monday, January 31, 2011

The fate of 25 low-performing schools hangs in the balance this week as the Department of Education waits for the go-ahead to gradual phase-out and replace those schools beginning this fall.

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Chancellor Black Faces Little Opposition at Harlem School Marked for Phase-Out

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Schools Chancellor Cathie Black attended a hearing Wednesday night on the proposal to close a Harlem Middle School that got a D on its latest report card. Hearings have been taking place all month at the 25 schools the city plans to phase out beginning next fall.

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At Schools That Closed, More Students Graduate and More Drop-Out

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

With the Department of Education looking to phase-out 25 more low-performing schools, the City Council is seeking more information about what happened to students at similar schools that closed.

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Parents and Teachers Make a Plea to Keep Jamaica High's Doors Open

Friday, January 21, 2011

More than 100 parents and teachers, hoping to prevent Jamaica High from closing, turned out at the Department of Education's public hearing Thursday night to show their support for the school, one of 25 the city wants to close next fall.

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Master Teacher's Classes Always in Session at Chelsea High

Thursday, January 13, 2011

In our ongoing series “The Big Fix,” WNYC and the website GothamSchools have been looking at three low-performing high schools. WNYC is following Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School, where teacher Tonja Weary got a big promotion in September. But she's not too happy about the title.

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Cuomo Singles Out Chelsea Principal in Speech

Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, during his first State of the State speech, singled out a New York City principal whose school WNYC has been profiling in our "Big Fix" series with GothamSchools.

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