March 18, 2015 Whitepaper [Families for Excellent Schools] Don't Steal Possible

Bureaucracy Beyond Repair

One fourth of New York City schools are severely failing —371 schools, where not even 1 in 10 students meets academic benchmarks for English, math, or college readiness. In response to this crisis — failure on a truly massive scale — the mayor and chancellor have a grand scheme to “renew” fewer than 100 schools. Even worse, they are entrusting these turnaround efforts to the same slow-footed bureaucracy that has allowed the problem to persist for decades.

Slow-motion de Blasio on school fixes

In November, with trumpets sounding, Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña rolled out $150 million worth of plans to turn around 94 chronically failing schools.

Four months later, some of those schools are still waiting for those renewal plans — suggesting that de Blasio either does not view this as an urgent task or cannot rally his Department of Education to treat it as such.

March 6, 2015 Policy Paper [Families for Excellent Schools] Don't Steal Possible

Voting With Their Feet

Bronx’s Lowest-Performing Schools See Severe Enrollment Declines

A new analysis by Families for Excellent Schools reveals that enrollment is declining at a rapid pace at many low-performing Bronx schools. Parents are fleeing failing schools and seeking high-quality charter and district school options.

March 5, 2015 News [Keith J. Ferrante] Don't Steal Possible

Thousands of students rally in support of charter schools

Thousands of students, parents and teachers participated in a rally in Albany Wednesday in support of charter schools.

An estimated 10,000 people descended on the state Capitol to rally in support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal for additional charter schools in New York state. Cuomo has proposed adding another 100 charter schools statewide to the cap which was agreed to years ago by the Legislature and the governor.