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Guest Blog: Opening Up About Charter School Data

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Since November 2011, I and 13 of my charter leader colleagues have been involved in a Data Transparency Project initiated by the New York City Charter School Center. This Advisory Committee, which I sit on, was open to charter leaders across New York City. The group of people that ultimately participated was as diverse as the movement itself with representatives from independent schools and CMOs.

New York State Authorizers Accept 48 New Letters of Intent for Charter School Proposals

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The State University of New York Charter School Institute (SUNY) and New York State Department (SED) have accepted 48 Letters of Intent to start charter schools in the fall 2013. The 48 new entrants have been given a green light to submit full proposals by February 29, 2012 in order to open charter schools in the fall of 2013.

Preliminary Victory: Justice Feinman Rules Against Charter Opponents in Rent Lawsuit

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Today, Justice Feinman of NYS Supreme Court ruled against a group of charter opponents who had sought a preliminary injunction against the NYC Department of Education, requiring it to charge charter schools rent when they are co-located in public school buildings. Justice Feinman, in a well-reasoned and thoughtful opinion, declined to grant the preliminary injunction.

Co-location, 19th Century Edition

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Not much has changed in co-location or availability of real estate for public schools in more than 110 years. Our friend Nelson Smith recently perused through the history books and found an interesting quote from 1898 about our public schools in NYC – long before charters were part of the public school landscape.

Clearing Up Confusion On Charter School Accountability

Monday, November 7, 2011

When the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) released its “struggling schools” list last week, it included six charter schools alongside over 40 district schools. Clearly, NYC DOE wants to signal that accountability is for all schools, including charters. (I can’t help but think how far we’ve come from the time when actual closure was likely only for charters.)

More Progress Reports: 2 A’s, 3 B’s, and 2 C’s for Charter High Schools

Monday, October 24, 2011
Today, the NYC Department of Education released its 2010-11 progress reports for high schools. (See our breakdown of the K-8 progress reports.) The reports assign a letter grade to each school, based on student test scores, student progress, attendance, and “learning environment” survey results are all heavily weighted to account for differing student characteristics.

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