Department of Education Targets Parents at Underperforming Schools for Personal Visits

Updated at 9:32 AM EDT on Wednesday, Aug 5, 2015
Outreach workers from the New York City Department of Education are getting trained to go
to the homes of families at the city's 94 lowest-performing schools, where so many parents have
checked out of their children's education, according to officials, that PTAs have been disbanded
and parent-teacher conferences deserted. 
Mayor de Blasio's administration has started a program where outreach volunteers with the
Department of Education are personally approaching parents at their homes to encourage more
involvement in school. Studies show even poor students with involved parents score higher and
graduate more often, according to education officials.


Connecticut Wins Flexibility in Accountability for ELLs

And now there are 31. The U.S. Department of Education just approved seven additional renewals of state flexibility from the mandates of the No Child Left Behind Act. The states are: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Mississippi, New Hampshire, and Wisconsin.

Alabama, Connecticut, Mississippi, and Wisconsin each got three-year renewals through the 2017-18 school year, meaning they won't have to make another ask during President Barack Obama's tenure (if waivers even last that long.)


Senate Seeks Ways to Take Income Out of Graduation Rate Equation

by Catherine Morris

A Senate committee looked at how colleges and universities might improve student success at a hearing on Wednesday. The simplest metric of student success are graduation rates. Senators and hearing witnesses said that too many students drop out of college or take too long to graduate.

There are a host of reasons for why students fail to graduate. Those that graduate tend to be enrolled full time or make steady progress toward a degree, underscoring yet again the importance of the year-round Pell Grant, which allows students to continue their studies in the summer. Students who cannot attend full time, due to work or family obligations, therefore have less of a chance of graduating.


Separate. Unequal. Still. How public school segregation plagues New York City, and why it matters

Sunday, August 16, 2015, 5:00 AM
Protesting testing at PS 321 in Park Slope
Stephanie Keith/for New York Daily News
Protesting testing at PS 321 in Park Slope

In the fight over how to close the racial achievement gap in education, you rarely hear about the only policy that's ever worked on a national scale: desegregation.


Opinion: Opting out is the only option

By Leonie Haimson and Jeanette Deutermann
| Aug 18, 2015 |
The state exam results are in, but the big news wasn't the tiny uptick in scores, or the fact that about two-thirds of students continued to fail these exams. Instead, the headlines focused on the huge number of children opting to skip the tests altogether: about 225,000 eligible students in grades three through eight, or 20 percent, refused to take the state tests. In New York City, the percent of opt-outs was far fewer – about 1.6 percent – but even there, the number tripled compared with the year before.


200 city schools hold rallies to oppose Andrew Cuomo’s education reforms

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Gov. Cuomo's push to rely more on standardized testing was among the issues that protesters challenged during Thursday's demonstrations. 

Gov. Cuomo's push to rely more on standardized testing was among the issues that protesters challenged during Thursday's demonstrations.


Can the Common Core raise graduation rate for English learners?

NEW YORK – Prompted by the new Common Core standards and an increase in English Language Learners in public schools, New York State education officials are moving aggressively to provide better support for bilingual teachers and improve student achievement.

Currently, there are more than 216,000 English Language Learners enrolled in New York State public schools, speaking over 160 languages.

Though the majority of ELLs are concentrated in the state’s largest districts including New York City, Buffalo and Rochester, several rural districts are seeing increases in immigrant families. In addition, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland and Westchester Counties are experiencing a large influx of unaccompanied minors from Central and South America.


13 Who Defeated Adversity Earn New York Times College Scholarships 


The New York Times College Scholarship winners for 2015 on Wednesday. Front row, from left: Selena Bermeo, Likita Griffith, Carlos Ycaza-Zurita, Kawkab Abid, Mah Noor, Paige Pagan and Fatima Khan. Back row, from left: David Kela, Daniel Blanc, Michael Borrello, Oumou Zakaria, Shaafi Sabir and Jachai Omotayo. Credit Earl Wilson/The New York Times

It was one of those perfect blue-sky days when Mah Noor stepped from the subway station on her way home to her apartment in Queens and spotted the familiar-looking man, sitting on a bench in the shadow of a tree, who appeared mentally ill.


New York Compels 20 School Districts to Lower Barriers to Immigrants

Twenty New York school districts found to be blocking access for undocumented immigrant children will be forced to modify their enrollment policies to break down illegal barriers to education, the state attorney general’s office said on Wednesday.


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