by Staff | Aug 12, 2014 8:06 am | Comments (8)
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.
by Julia Zorthian | Aug 4, 2014 5:18 pm | Comments (10)
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.
by Melissa Bailey | Jul 28, 2014 5:01 pm | Comments (21)
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.
by Melissa Bailey | Jul 23, 2014 2:31 pm | Comments (17)
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.
by Melissa Bailey | Jul 22, 2014 9:02 am | Comments (3)
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.
by Melissa Bailey | Jul 18, 2014 8:45 am | Comments (6)
At the new Lincoln-Bassett School, teachers will come early. Students will be invited to stay late. Class sizes will be smaller. Staff will use the Comer Method to help kids cope with trauma.
by Melissa Bailey | Jul 17, 2014 3:42 pm | Comments (9)
After firing their scandal-plagued management partner, Rev. Eldren Morrison and his colleagues hired a $150,000 school director and voted to open their new charter school next month anyway—with 120 instead of 225 kids.
by Melissa Bailey | Jul 15, 2014 6:49 am | Comments (12)
Six weeks before she is set to open an academy within Hillhouse High, Principal Fallon Daniels and her new assistant pondered a question: Would a first-period gym class lure kids to show up on time to school?
by Melissa Bailey | Jul 14, 2014 12:30 pm | Comments (25)
Twenty-nine teachers are leaving Lincoln-Bassett and MicroSociety schools—some voluntarily, some not—to make way for slated overhauls of low-performing schools. Where will they go next?
by Melissa Bailey | Jul 11, 2014 4:29 pm | Comments (26)
Amid scandals affecting New Haven, Bridgeport and Hartford, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said the state education department “needs to do a better job” in monitoring charter schools—but stood by his expansion of charters across the state.