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In Case You Missed It…

November 7, 2011
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Here on EdVox we’re excited to bring you the latest news about education issues and policies affecting our communities. It can be hard to keep up with all of the events and happenings, so – in case you missed it… Here is a recap of the latest stories in NYC education news, starting with the most recent:
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WEEKEND
  • The Daily News reported a CEJ analysis on Saturday showing that at least 20 of the 47 schools on the at-risk-of-closure list were started under the Bloomberg administration–and that the numbers are raising questions about the effectiveness of the City’s school closings policy under the mayor.
FRIDAY:
  • A documentary about the parent-led education reform movement in NYC was the catalyst for a roundtable discussion with advocates and parents from the Coalition for Educational Justice on Inside City Hall Friday night about the history of the cause, status of public education, and possible change coming in 2013. For more info, see the NY1’s coverage of the discussion.
  • A Post analysis showed that high schools with the highest rates of challenged student populations (over-aged, chronically under-performing, often-disciplined and special education students) also had the lowest progress report grades, leading some educators to argue that their schools are set up to fail by the administration.
THURSDAY
  • Parents and advocates criticized the DOE’s executive director of the office of Family and Community Engagement, Jesse Mojica, saying he’s been unavailable to them since his appointment in July. (More info @ Gotham Schools here).
  • The NYPD missed its second deadline for releasing school safety data required by the Student Safety Act. (More info at Gotham Schools here).
  • “Parent Power” — a documentary chronicling the past 15 years of parent activism in NYC, and the successes of that movement — premiered at NYU’s Cantor Film Center. See background on the film here.
WEDNESDAY
  • Brownsville parents confronted Chancellor Walcott at a town hall meeting after a fatal shooting outside PS 298 and the DOE’s move to cut three local schools left parents feeling abandoned by the Bloomberg administration. (See NY Times coverage here.)
  • The DOE suddenly added 21 high schools and six charter schools to the list of schools that could be closed next year, bringing the total number of at-risk schools to 47 citywide.
  • Gov. Cuomo released some details about his $75M performance-based grant program for school districts.
TUESDAY
  • The City released school suspension data showing suspensions increased last year, and that Black, Latino and special education students were disproportionately punished. See NY Times and NY Daily News coverage.
  • A UFT survey showed the breadth of the impact of recent DOE budget cuts. (See NY Times coverage here).
MONDAY
  • Statistics released Monday showed New York’s students scored poorly on the math section of the National Assessment of Educational Progress despite overall nationwide improvements, leading the state education commissioner to call the results “disappointing and unacceptable” (NY Daily News Coverage).
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