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Second Stanford Report Finds Gains for NYC Charters

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Three years after releasing a report finding students at New York City charters schools perform better than their peers at traditional schools, a research center at Stanford University reached the same conclusions and gave high marks, especially, to gains made in mathematics.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Michelle Rhee, Radical

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Activist Michelle Rhee tells Leonard Lopate about her turbulent tenure as chancellor of the Washington, D.C., public schools, her current work as an education activist, and her years of teaching in inner-city Baltimore.

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Schoolbook

Charters Schools Face Different Rules For Closing

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

While the city’s education department proposed to close or shrink 26 more public schools this year it’s noteworthy that there were no charters on the list. Some critics of the Bloomberg administration claim charter schools are hard to close because the mayor is so heavily invested in their success; others argue that legal obstacles and confusing criteria create a double standard when it comes to closing low-performing charter schools.

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New Jersey News

Union Fights Computer Learning that Replaces Teachers

Thursday, January 03, 2013

WNYC

New Jersey's largest teacher's union has gone to court to close a Newark charter school where students spend hours each day in front of a computer screen.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Carol and Joe Reich on Education Reform

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Carol Reich and Joe Reich talk about their role in the education reform movement. Getting to Bartlett Street: Our 25-Year Quest to Level the Playing Field in Education is the story of how they started one of the first charter schools in the country in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Schoolbook

A Charter Booster Says He's Helping Parents Find New Choices

Thursday, December 20, 2012

A controversial charter school planned for Northern Brooklyn got a big boost from a local supporter of charters. We sat down with Eric Grannis, of the Tapestry Project, to ask why he thought the community needed a new charter. He said he met with parents to hear what they wanted, and then picked a school that fit that description. But he insists the drive to approve the school at tonight's Panel for Educational Policy meeting came from the families, not him.

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Schoolbook

New Charter for Northern Brooklyn Fuels Debate Over Gentrification

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Charter schools typically open in low income and minority neighborhoods where parents say they’re desperate for better schools. But a few charters are now opening in whiter, wealthier areas where residents like their local schools. The Panel for Educational Policy will vote tonight on a new charter in the Williamsburg-Greenpoint area. The charter says it's trying to get a more diverse range of families. But not everyone trusts its motives.

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Schoolbook

City Scraps Change to G&T Policy, and Other News of Note

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

The city has scrapped a change in policy that would have taken away the sibling priority for children who test into gifted and talented programs. In other news, the Panel for Educational Policy is poised to approve seven more charter schools and the teachers union says it won't continue to negotiate the details of a new teacher evaluation deal unless the chancellor clarifies how it will roll out in the schools.

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Schoolbook

Union-Run Charter School In Fight for Survival

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

A charter school run by the teachers union is at risk of being closed next year, because of poor test scores. The school's low report card puts it in an awkward situation, because it was opened five years ago to prove charters and unions can work together.

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Schoolbook

On WNYC: Charter Schools and Attrition

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Reporter Beth Fertig reviews the findings of her Charters & Choices series on The Brian Lehrer Show. DOE data showed that charters have overall lower attrition rates than district schools but the debate remains open - and heated - about what kind of students attend charters and who is most likely to leave.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Looking at Charter Schools

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Beth Fertig, WNYC's education reporter and contributor to SchoolBook, talks about her series on the issues surrounding charter schools, including attrition rates and locations.

 

 

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Schoolbook

Brooklyn Charter Dials Back Discipline After Outcry

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

In our series on charter schools we’ve examined the role of discipline. Critics say charters with strict rules unfairly push out students or fail to communicate with families well. One school in Bedford Stuyvesant lost almost one of five of its students when parents thought its detention and disciplinary rules went too far. It has since toned down its approach.

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Schoolbook

'No-Excuses' Charters Grapple with Attrition

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Charter schools have become hugely popular in New York City because of their reputation for high test scores and strict discipline. But it’s a delicate balance. A school that’s too strict risks losing its students. But other families want a “no excuses” environment. We visited two charters that have struggled with how to handle kids who don’t meet their expectations.

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Schoolbook

Practice Provides Key To Better Teaching

Friday, October 12, 2012

Comparing teaching to performing, this educator and author prescribes a simple way to help teachers improve their work -- require them to spend time away from students practicing their craft.

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Schoolbook

Report on Attrition, Dumping Sparks Debate

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Data on student discharges from both charter and district schools revealed lots of movement in the city's epicenter of school choice: Harlem. SchoolBook's analysis sparked debate over dumping and attrition, and it is still going. Join the conversation.

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Schoolbook

Top 10: Charters with Highest Attrition Rates

Thursday, October 04, 2012

An analysis of the attrition rates for the city's charter schools revealed that charters have lower attrition rates, on average, than district schools. But there were outliers. Here's the Top 10 list of charter schools with unusually high numbers of students leaving the school. There are interesting stories behind these numbers.

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Schoolbook

Harlem Schools See High Student Turnover

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

In the past decade, about 150 charter schools have opened in New York City to provide more options for families. Harlem has the highest concentration of charters in the city and the influx has created a buyer’s market, one with a lot of student turnover but maybe higher expectations, too.

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Schoolbook

Mapping School Choices in Harlem

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

This interactive chart shows the movement of students between district and charter schools in three school districts in Upper Manhattan. It reveals a tremendous amount of mobility in Harlem, which has the highest concentration of charter schools in the city. It also seems to debunk the theory that charter schools "dump" low-performing students conveniently before test-taking time.

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Schoolbook

Charting the City's Charter School Growth

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Overall, charter schools account for about 10 percent of the city's public schools but in a handful of neighborhods the concentration is much higher. Check out SchoolBook's interactive map that shows the latest data on charters in the city.

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Schoolbook

School Yard Politics: A Guide to Who's Playing

Monday, September 17, 2012

Education is always a political issue in New York City. The public schools are run by the mayor, and the city has a strong and powerful teachers union. There are also a few other well-organized groups that are pushing for different education reforms. We've made a guide to who's who in schoolyard politics.

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