Plan for New Schools
Mayor de Blasio has announced a public-private initiative to open 20 new schools and “transform” 20 others around the city. The Schools NYC Challenge will pair the Department of Education with nonprofit education groups to design “Imagine” and “Reimagine” schools. It’s laudable that the city is seeking outside solutions for building new schools, though past efforts at rebooting subpar schools have not been terribly successful.
The Facts You Need to Know
New: Innovative schools have demonstrated success in educating struggling students. Read more.
Charters: De Blasio’s enthusiasm for “Imagine” schools should soften his resistance to charter schools, which have proven highly effective. Read more.
Renew: Closing failing schools has gotten better results than trying to reengineer them. Read more.
“Currently, too many elementary and middle schools in lower-income neighborhoods provide their students with an unchallenging basic curriculum.”
De Blasio, Powell Jobs and Robin Hood make strange bedfellows. But the mayor -- who has said education is his top priority -- is running out of time to execute a big 2nd term education initiative. That's where private money comes in: https://t.co/XMlusw11UJ— Eliza Shapiro (@elizashapiro) October 3, 2019
The Past is Present
“New York State should remove restrictions on charter schools’ growth.”
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