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In One School, a Snapshot of Bloomberg's Education Legacy

Thursday, December 19, 2013

NPR

Small schools, charter schools, data points -- these are signature policies of the Bloomberg era and they are all on display in one building near Union Square in Manhattan.

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Charter Leader Denies Insider's Advantage

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Success Academy C.E.O. Eva Moskowitz isn’t making any apologies. And the outspoken CEO of the charter school network denied having any special advantages over other school leaders.

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Walcott Admits Charter School Rollout Could've Been Better

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Departing Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott stands by Bloomberg's education reforms, with one exception. He says that if the city had handled the rollout of charter schools better, perhaps the debate today would not be so divided. 

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The Debate Must Move On; Charter Schools Are Here to Stay

Monday, December 09, 2013

A professor argues it's high time to take the heat out of the debate about charter schools and she debuinks a few myths along the way. 

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Diocese Sues Catholic HS Over Leasing Extra Space

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

In a rare move, the diocese of Brooklyn is suing one of its own Catholic high schools. The diocese said the school allegedly violated its contract by renting space inside its building to a charter school, a fierce competitor to Catholic schools citywide.

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Hullabaloo Over Sharing Space To Heat Up Once More

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

As another round of proposals to co-locate schools comes up for a vote, WNYC gets inside a school to find out what it means exactly for multiple schools to share a building.

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Final Round of Bloomberg Co-Locations Incites Bitter Opposition

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Even as Mayor Bloomberg's tenure winds down, the fight over co-locating schools was as intense as ever Tuesday night when a panel voted to approve a slew of proposals to open new schools and fit others into existing school buildings. 

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Parents Navigate Polarized Charter Waters

Friday, October 11, 2013

A charter school parent explains why he was not at the march on Tuesday. He says the rallying cry of an "attack" on charters rang false to him; charters clearly are here to stay. This dad says most parents are ready to move on to a real conversation about the schools. 

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Charter Schools Push for Continued Growth Under New Mayor

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

With a friend like Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the charter sector has greatly expanded over the last decade, from 17 charter schools when Bloomberg took office to 183 now. But future growth under a new mayor is uncertain — especially if that new mayor is Bill de Blasio.

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Under Threat, Charter Advocates Plan Show of Force With Rally

Monday, October 07, 2013

Thousands of advocates and students plan to rally in defense of charter schools with a march across the Brooklyn Bridge on Tuesday morning. After a decade of significant expansion under Mayor Michael Bloomberg -- there were 17 charter schools when Bloomberg took office and now there are 183 -- charter schools face the imminent prospect of a new mayor that’s less friendly to charter growth.

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One Last Tango for City Council and Outgoing Chancellor

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

With the Bloomberg administration moving full steam ahead in its last few months to place 43 more schools inside existing public school buildings, City Council members took one last opportunity to press Chancellor Dennis Walcott on this controversial practice of co-locating schools.

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Report: Why Charters Have Fewer Special Ed Students

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

A new report by the Manhattan Institute and the Center on Reinventing Public Education finds city charter schools may have a smaller percentage of special education students than district schools because the students are less likely to apply, and more likely to be declassified once they enroll in charters.

 

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Chances of Admission to a Charter School Improving

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

WNYC

City students who apply to a charter school now have a 27 percent chance of getting in, as more of the privately managed public schools take root. But there's still a waiting list of more than 50,000 students.

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Parents Press for Details on Faster PCB Removal

Thursday, May 09, 2013

WNYC

After the city's law department said the D.O.E. would replace old light fixtures containing PCBs "well before" its original deadline of 2021, frustrated parents, advocates and elected officials said they want details.

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Feisty Forum on Newark School Reform

Thursday, March 21, 2013

WNYC's Brian Lehrer moderated a forum on schools in Newark. Hear the next-day analysis of the conversation which touched on charter schools, private money, and teacher contracts. The themes -- and the emotion -- will sound very familiar to those watching the New York City school system.

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Debating Newark School Reform

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Wednesday night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Brian Lehrer moderated a community forum on school reform issues in Newark and throughout the state of New Jersey. On today's show, hear analysis of the conversation from New Jersey Public Radio's Nancy Solomon and John Mooney of NJ Spotlight.

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City Takes a Role in Planning Four New Charters

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said his private foundation has "nothing to do with" four new charter schools that are being designed with help from the Department of Education. The schools are part of a city program aimed at helping to increase the graduation rates of young black and Latino men, though they will be open to both males and females.

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East Harlem Schools Jockey for Middle School Space

Monday, March 04, 2013

A public hearing took the form of theater last week as school communities argued for their competing expansion plans even though the education official in attendance said the decision was made already.

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Teacher Union's Charter Wins Two-Year Reprieve

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

A troubled charter school run by the teachers union is getting two more years to improve. Trustees of the State University of New York approved the short-term renewal after deciding that the school's elementary grades had done well enough to keep it going.

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Teachers Union's Own Charter School Gets Scathing Report

Monday, February 25, 2013

A K-12 charter school run by the teachers' union will find out Tuesday if all or some of it can remain open. The latest review cited numerous problems including low student achievement, poor fiscal health and a few cases of corporal punishment.

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