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Students Claim City Sports Program Discriminates Against Small Schools

Thursday, March 26, 2015

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Student athletes protested at a City Council hearing — they say city funding favors big schools with more white students.
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Study: NYC's Small High Schools Boost College Enrollment Rates

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The latest findings from an ongoing review of the small high schools that replaced many of New York's massive schools show more upside, this time in terms of college.
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Three 'Secret' Ingredients for a Successful Small School

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What makes the best of the city's small high schools so good? A new report concludes size alone doesn't cut it.

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Chancellor Walcott on New Test Scores, Small Schools Study

Monday, August 26, 2013

This week, parents will get the results of their child's new common core standardized tests this week. NYC schools chancellor Dennis Walcott and chief academic officer Shael Polakow-Suransky talk about how to interpret the (probably lower) scores. Plus, a new study from MRDC found gains in graduation rates from the "small schools" strategy favored by Mayor Bloomberg.

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Another Study Finds Big Gains at Small Schools

Monday, August 26, 2013

A new study finds further evidence that students at the city's small high schools are more likely to graduate on time than students at more traditional large schools, affirming the Bloomberg administration's small schools initiative. The city created more than 200 small high schools since Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office while closing many low performing comprehensive high schools.

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Last Students at Phase-Out School Face Limited Choices

Thursday, May 30, 2013

One of Mayor Bloomberg’s signature policies in education was to replace large, low-performing high schools with small new schools. The schools slated to close usually phase out over time, leaving their students with a shrinking menu of course offerings and programs. Listen to this story from Columbus High School which is straining to carry its last two grades over the finish line.

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City Hits Peak of More Than 1,800 Public Schools

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

WNYC

Mayor Bloomberg announced that 78 new schools will open in the fall, bringing the total number of schools in New York City to 1,821. Once the schools open, the mayor said there will be 126,000 more seats across the school system than when he took office in 2002.

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For Graduates of City's New Schools, Tradition Is What They Say It Is

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

For students, being part of a new school meant designing the student council, instituting annual traditions during the school year, deciding on school colors, school cheers and events. It also meant major preparations for the first graduation, with the added responsibility of setting the tone for younger classmates by coming up with specific ideas that could set their school's event apart from others. And of course there were a few pitfalls -- like, in the case of Pan American International High School, discovering that if you order the yearbook in May, it won't be there on time for graduation day.

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Proud Homecoming for Middle School Chess Champs

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Students at Intermediate School 318 Eugenio Maria de Hostos in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, returned to their school on Tuesday as conquering heroes, having accomplished the extraordinary act of winning the national chess championship for high school students -- a feat that showed they were out of their grades, but not out of their class.

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The Case for Large High Schools

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

An advocate writes: "In its push to close comprehensive high schools in particular, and replace them with campuses of multiple, smaller, themed high schools, the Education Department is closing down the very 'choice' that helps keep many students going to school through their teenage years: the option to pursue an array of courses and after-school activities in line with their interests and abilities."

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A Small School Thrives Within a Large One Full of Challenges

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

In the decade since Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg took office, New York City has opened about 500 new public schools, partly as a result of the city's determination to break up failing schools and replace them with small schools. As the city prepares for a vote this week to close or shrink 25 more struggling schools, WNYC looks at one small school within a larger school and examines how they are meeting their students' needs.

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Will New York's Large High Schools Survive?

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Can you blame them? After last week's study showing that student achievement is higher in the city's new, small high schools -- and city officials reiterated their commitment to a policy of creating more of the smaller schools -- some of the principals and staff members of some of the city's largest high schools are feeling a bit worried these days, The New York Times reports.

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On City Hall Steps, Harsh Words for Bloomberg

Friday, January 27, 2012

During a week in which the Bloomberg administration has embraced an independent, landmark study that linked its hallmark policy of small schools to increased student success, a group of parents and elected officials took to the steps of City Hall on Friday to denounce the administration’s education agenda, particularly its decisions to close or phase out city schools and its policies to address low college preparedness rates for minority students.

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At Chelsea Career H.S., Worries About How to Get the Job Done

Friday, January 27, 2012

With $58 million in federal grant money still in suspension until the city can reach a deal on a teacher evaluation system for its struggling schools, the principal at Chelsea Career and Technical Education High School in Soho, Brian Rosenbloom, wonders how he is going to get the money to continue his efforts to raise attendance and graduation rates, among other goals.

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New Study Gives Small Schools Initiative a Thumbs Up

Thursday, January 26, 2012

UPDATED | The small schools initiative that has been the hallmark of the Bloomberg administration's schools policy seems to be working, a new study has found. The study, which is being financed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, found that students who attend public high schools that have about 100 students are more likely to graduate, and also to earn Regents diplomas.

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Students at Manhattan Theatre Lab Vow to Fight School Closing

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

For many students at Manhattan Theatre Lab, the closing of their school is a personal affront. They defend the school, saying it is more than a set of numbers, and are mobilizing to present their best defense of the school at Tuesday's school closing hearing.

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Assessing the State of the Schools

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The sights of the education community are shifting toward the Morris Educational Campus in the Bronx, where Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will deliver his state of the city speech on Thursday, presumably with an emphasis on the schools. Critics of the mayor's policies are focusing on the location of the speech, a symbol of the administration's small schools policy.

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An Alternative Way to Test Students' Progress

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Studies show that test-focused education is not preparing students for college, says a writer. So why not substitute testing for all with a program of test-based audits using samples of students?, the author asks in an opinion article.

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Mayor's Address Will Highlight Small Schools Initiative

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

When Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg delivers his state of the city speech on Thursday, he will do so from a public school. Four schools, to be exact. The mayor will speak from the Morris Educational Campus in the Bronx at 1 p.m.

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In Creating Successful Schools, One Size Does Not Fit All

Thursday, January 05, 2012

A teacher who taught at the Bronx Lab School, a jewel in former Chancellor Joel I. Klein's small school movement, says his views on what works and what does not have changed over the years. Now, he says, he strives for good and sustainable, rather than great and unique.

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