Chalkbeat New York

Chalkbeat New York Chalkbeat New York, previously GothamSchools, is a nonprofit news site covering educational change in New York City schools.
Because we believe that education is fundamentally a local issue, our coverage is rooted in local communities. To date, we report from and about seven locations: Chicago, Colorado, Detroit, Indiana, Newark, New York, and Tennessee.

Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news organization covering educational change efforts in the communities where improvement matters most. The network has bureaus in New York, Colorado, Indiana, and Tennessee.

Mission: Chalkbeat is a nonprofit news organization committed to covering one of America’s most important stories: the effort to improve schools for all children, especially those who have historically lacked access to a quality education. We are mission-driven, in that we believe that every child deserves an excellent education, and that a strong press is vital to making that happen. Yet we are also fiercely independent, in that we do not take a position on the best path for achieving equity.

Matthew Delmont’s book, “Why Busing Failed,” examines how politicians and the media shaped fights over desegregation eff...
06/29/2019
Matthew Delmont on Biden comments: Idea that desegregation requires local buy-in 'farcical'

Matthew Delmont’s book, “Why Busing Failed,” examines how politicians and the media shaped fights over desegregation efforts across the U.S. in the ‘50s, ‘60s, and ‘70s. “This sense that communities should only desegregate when they locally decide to do so is farcical.”

Delmont, author of "Why Busing Failed," says he was surprised to see school segregation take center stage as Kamala Harris challenged Joe Biden on his anti-busing record.

Under the new rules, students do not need legal documentation to change their name and gender on school records, reversi...
06/28/2019
NYC education department expands guidelines to protect LGBTQ students

Under the new rules, students do not need legal documentation to change their name and gender on school records, reversing a previous requirement that advocates had criticized as needlessly restrictive.

The New York City education department is expanding its guidelines for how LGBTQ students should be treated in schools.

Tenure rates have hit their highest levels since Michael Bloomberg promised to "end tenure as we know it."
06/27/2019
NYC teacher tenure rates continue to rise under Mayor Bill de Blasio

Tenure rates have hit their highest levels since Michael Bloomberg promised to "end tenure as we know it."

Under de Blasio, teachers have been more likely to win tenure as soon as they are eligible. But the statistics show that de Blasio has not returned to the approval rates of a decade ago, when more than 90% of eligible teachers earned tenure protections.

The fight over adding a citizenship question to the Census isn't over. In New York City schools, the outcome could have ...
06/27/2019
As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs citizenship census question, more than $10 million for New York City schools hangs in the balance

The fight over adding a citizenship question to the Census isn't over. In New York City schools, the outcome could have a $10 million consequence for schools.

New York City students would be among the nation’s biggest losers if the Trump administration succeeds in adding a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census. Arguing that the country needs additional data to enforce the Voting Rights Act, the Trump administration plans to ask for the first time...

More counselors in schools? Universal pre-K? Addressing college debt? What the Democratic presidential candidates, inclu...
06/27/2019
Round 1: What the 2020 Democratic candidates said about education in the first debate

More counselors in schools? Universal pre-K? Addressing college debt? What the Democratic presidential candidates, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, highlighted about education in Wednesday night's debate.

From pre-K to college affordability to school counselors: Chalkbeat's guide on what the Democratic candidates said about education during the first primary debate.

Residents would receive a $30,000 stipend while co-teaching with an experienced mentor who would provide support and fee...
06/24/2019
Stringer, eyeing a run for NYC mayor, calls for paid teacher residencies

Residents would receive a $30,000 stipend while co-teaching with an experienced mentor who would provide support and feedback.

Building an education platform for a possible run for mayor, Comptroller Scott Stringer called for a paid teacher residency program to help cut staff turnover.

Research finds the approach does help students graduate — but raises big questions about whether it actually helps them ...
06/23/2019
Outsourcing classes to an online program may hurt student learning

Research finds the approach does help students graduate — but raises big questions about whether it actually helps them learn.

New research finds the approach does help students graduate — but raises big questions about whether it actually helps them learn.

1,340 students went through an unusual and high-stakes initiative this year: a community-driven effort to meld two schoo...
06/23/2019
Lessons from a school merger: Race and resilience in Chicago

1,340 students went through an unusual and high-stakes initiative this year: a community-driven effort to meld two schools — racially, economically, and culturally distinct — into one.

Students on Chicago’s Near North Side lived through an unusual and high-stakes initiative this year: a community-driven effort to meld two schools.

As personalized learning has spread nationwide, philanthropic grants and enthusiastic district officials have turned thi...
06/22/2019
Is personalized learning in Chicago the future of school?

As personalized learning has spread nationwide, philanthropic grants and enthusiastic district officials have turned this city into its epicenter.

As personalized learning has spread nationwide, philanthropic grants and enthusiastic district officials have turned Chicago into its epicenter.

“When you enter this classroom, you are important,” reads the sign, which also tells students that they are leaders, thi...
06/22/2019
A Teacher of the Year known for her passion and humility

“When you enter this classroom, you are important,” reads the sign, which also tells students that they are leaders, thinkers, and creators. “You are loved.”

Tamara Leveridge, a sixth-grade English teacher at Ivy Hill School, has been named Newark’s 2019 Teacher of the Year.

"If teachers find the sessions condescending, the education department won’t be able to change hearts and minds."#FirstP...
06/19/2019
The New York City ed department's anti-bias training didn't feel effective

"If teachers find the sessions condescending, the education department won’t be able to change hearts and minds."
#FirstPerson

Former principal John Wenk worries that city is trying to give thousands of incredibly diverse school staff members the same lesson, and it’s not working for many of them.

NYC students would be among the nation’s biggest losers if the Trump administration adds a citizenship question to the c...
06/18/2019
As the U.S. Supreme Court weighs citizenship census question, more than $10 million for New York City schools hangs in the balance

NYC students would be among the nation’s biggest losers if the Trump administration adds a citizenship question to the census.

New York City students would be among the nation’s biggest losers if the Trump administration succeeds in adding a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census. Arguing that the country needs additional data to enforce the Voting Rights Act, the Trump administration plans to ask for the first time...

“The families that need this the most are disadvantaged because of the zip code they live in. That is a type of zip code...
06/17/2019
Provider shortages and geographic gaps plague NYC's early intervention system

“The families that need this the most are disadvantaged because of the zip code they live in. That is a type of zip code Jim Crow.” (via THE CITY NY)

The Early Intervention system that provides a lifeline to children with developmental delays and disabilities is facing its own struggle to thrive

“As a former Business Math teacher, I think this is critical for our kids to understand the real world."
06/16/2019
Forget frustrating equations. This high school teaches algebra you’ll actually use.

“As a former Business Math teacher, I think this is critical for our kids to understand the real world."

As soon as Caitlin Scull started her stopwatch, her classmate began texting. “You want it to be real,” their teacher, Eric Gurule, told Scull and her partner. The student was texting with two hands — which few people do while driving. The girl switched ...

We're hiring another managing editor to help guide our newsroom as Chalkbeat continues to grow. Know someone who fits th...
06/16/2019
Managing Editor for Style and Standards

We're hiring another managing editor to help guide our newsroom as Chalkbeat continues to grow. Know someone who fits the bill? Send them our way!

Chalkbeat, the growing nonprofit news organization telling the story of education in America, seeks a Managing Editor for Style and Standards to lead our editing team, oversee editorial operations, and boost our newsroom leadership.

With a growing national movement against sexual harassment on campuses and in workplaces, more schools are teaching the ...
06/15/2019
How one classroom is grappling with the evolving idea of sex ed

With a growing national movement against sexual harassment on campuses and in workplaces, more schools are teaching the meaning and practice of consent.

“It’s about “It teaches them to ask what they need not just in sexual relationships but in life,” said one advocate. wanting to do something with their own free will.”

A decade ago, young children who missed key developmental milestones too often fell through the cracks in these rural co...
06/15/2019
Two rural counties used an app to reach kid with developmental delays

A decade ago, young children who missed key developmental milestones too often fell through the cracks in these rural counties. Today, that's changed.

Two rural counties in northern Colorado came up with a software app to reach more young children with developmental delays.

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