Chalkbeat New York Rise & Shine: City bets big on support and social services in plan to turn around 94 schools by Sarah Darville

Chalkbeat New York
Chalkbeat New York
Rise & Shine: City bets big on support and social services in plan to turn around 94 schools
Sarah Darville
11/04/2014

Rise & ShineTHE BIG PICTUREThe city's plan to turn around 94 low-performing schools will cost $150 million and will include new support services, extra tutoring time, additional teacher training, and the threat of closure if schools don't improve.

The State Education Department implied that the city's plans didn't go far enough and said they might require the city to take additional action this year.

Chancellor Carmen Fariña took a few jabs at her predecessors and critics, saying she's discovered plenty of "broken promises" and saying if their aggressive reforms had worked, the city wouldn't need the new plan.

The plan is also a big bet on the community schools model, which adds social services into schools and the de Blasio administration is doing in conjunction with academic interventions.

DFER's Joe Williams: The mayor's plan is short on urgency and doesn't emphasize the need for high-quality teachers.

Education prof Pedro Noguera: The plan lacked specifics, and to get it right, superintendents are going to need staffs.

Editorial: Transforming a school's staff as a last resort instead of a first one is a union-friendly strategy that appears unproven.

PRE-K LOGISTICSPre-K providers are receiving about $10,000 per child this year but operate in very different circumstances, leaving some programs with budget shortfalls.

IT'S ELECTION DAYAFT president Randi Weingarten says she isn't going to vote for Gov. Andrew Cuomo, though she recently defended the governor after his "monopoly" comments angered teachers statewide.

Also on the ballot is the Smart Schools Bond Act, which the city would use to buy school technology, build new pre-K classrooms, and remove classroom trailers.

ACCOUNTING FOR THE ACCOUNTINGEditorial: Comptroller Scott Stringer's newly announced audits of charter schools "reek" of political targeting.

CAREER SWITCHMartha Polin, principal of the Lower East Side Preparatory High School, is a former film industry executive who says her current job is much more fun.

LEGAL STEPSThe families of two middle-school girls who say they were raped in the auditorium of Urban Science Academy in the Bronx plan to sue the city.

TOUGH QUESTIONSParents say first-graders at P.S. 106 in the Bronx were questioned about a teacher's behavior by a city investigator and then told not to tell their parents.

A DIFFERENT KIND OF APPEAL PROCESSA Long Island fourth-grade teacher is suing the state after receiving an "ineffective" rating.

On Chalkbeat NYFaced with rising calls for a strategy to rescue the city’s struggling schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a $150 million plan on Monday to flood more than 90 of the city’s lowest-ranked schools with support for students and staff. The new plan, dubbed “School Renewal,” turns the city into perhaps the nation’s most prominent test case of the theory that school improvement must extend beyond the classroom. 

Here's de Blasio's full speech, and a list of the 94 schoolsincluded in the plan. Extra Credit
City Councilman Ben Kallos took part in a mock election with students from P.S. 290 on Monday. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Anders)