by Aliyya Swaby | Jan 13, 2015 8:13 am | Comments (15)
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?
by Aliyya Swaby | Dec 9, 2014 12:08 pm | Comments (14)
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.
by Aliyya Swaby | Dec 3, 2014 12:45 pm | Comments (37)
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.
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.
by Aliyya Swaby | Sep 5, 2014 2:36 pm | Comments (1)
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.
by Staff | Aug 12, 2014 7:06 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 4:18 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 4:01 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 1:31 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 8:02 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.