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Elm City Imagine Sparks Debate

by Aliyya Swaby | Jan 13, 2015 8:13 am | Comments (15)

Aliyya Swaby Photo A “huge step backward”? Or a way for traditional public schools to team up with charters to experiment with new ways for kids to learn?

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Data Breakdown Highlights Transience Challenge

by Aliyya Swaby | Dec 9, 2014 12:08 pm | Comments (14)

Melissa Bailey File Photo Some 14.5 percent of all of Principal Sabrina Breland’s students at Wexler/Grant Community School transferred in last year after Oct. 1.

That statistic appeared in preliminary “data sets” the Board of Ed has begun examining in a complex quest to the best way of measure how schools perform and help them improve.

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Charter Advocates Pack The Green

by Aliyya Swaby | Dec 3, 2014 12:45 pm | Comments (37)

Aliyya Swaby Photo Connecticut’s charter school movement showed its political muscle Wednesday by bringing more than 6,000 parents, teachers, community leaders, and students to form a sea of neon green T-shirts across the New Haven Green—while remaining coy about the details of its school-reform agenda.

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School Reform Misses Some Numerical Targets

by Aliyya Swaby | Oct 28, 2014 7:56 am | Comments (15)

In the five years since New Haven launched a lauded school-reform drive, it has increased the number of students enrolled in college for two years—but failed to close the performance gap between the city and the rest of the state.

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School Turnaround Gets In Gear With A Wobble

by Aliyya Swaby | Sep 5, 2014 2:36 pm | Comments (1)

Gary Holder-Winfield/ I Love New Haven Photo Parents, students and teachers found themselves doing the “wobble” on the green of Lincoln-Bassett School. The dance wasn’t planned—but the effect of the dance was.

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State Tightens Rules For Charter Schools

by Staff | Aug 12, 2014 7:06 am | Comments (8)

Julia Zorthian Photo Paul Bass Photo In the wake of recent controversies, the state announced plans to start requiring that charter schools operate more like other public schools—“transparently,” with clear standards to meet.

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State Board OKs Charter’s Sept. 15 Opening

by Julia Zorthian | Aug 4, 2014 4:18 pm | Comments (10)

Julia Zorthian Photos HARTFORD—A new New Haven charter school won permission from the State Board of Education Monday to launch this coming school year, after all.

The board called a special meeting Monday afternoon to consider the fate of the Booker T. Washington Academy (BTWA). After a two-and-a-half hour hearing, the board voted unanimously to allow the academy a revised charter to open its doors on Sept. 15 to 120 K-1 students.

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“7:20 To 6” School Set To Launch

by Melissa Bailey | Jul 28, 2014 4:01 pm | Comments (21)

Melissa Bailey Photo Mayor Toni Harp’s campaign pledge to bring a nearly 11-hour optional school day to Lincoln-Bassett School came true Monday, as the state announced it will help pay the bill.

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Elm City Charter Eyed For Futuristic “Conversion”

by Melissa Bailey | Jul 23, 2014 1:31 pm | Comments (17)

Melissa Bailey Photo Elm City College Preparatory Middle School has emerged as the most likely seat of an ambitious experiment to reinvent K-8 education with two-week-long student expeditions, daily martial arts, and a “huge” investment in technology.

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Comer’s Conflict-Calming Comes Home

by Melissa Bailey | Jul 22, 2014 8:02 am | Comments (3)

Melissa Bailey File Photo One of New Haven’s experimental school sites ditched a hot modern education-reform idea, an extra-long school day, and is bringing back an older idea—daily tough talks to help kids deal with trauma.

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