A report released by the NYC City Council Middle School Task Force shows that CEJ’s middle school campaign has contributed to student achievement gains. The 51 middle grade schools that were the focus of CEJ’s reform efforts have made more progress on the state exams than other middle grade schools. This is particularly impressive because the 51 schools were among the lowest performing in the city.Tweet
On May 21st, CEJ released a policy brief documenting the lack of research support for school closings as a school improvement strategy, and profiling successful models that have increased student achievement without the damaging side effects inflicted by closings. In Beyond School Closings: Effective Alternatives for Low-Performing Schools, CEJ urges the NYC Department of Education to use the federal School Improvement Grants to invest in proven school improvement strategies and establish a School Transformation Zone to support NYC’s 34 SIG schools and other low-performing schools.Tweet
On April 28th, 150 CEJ parents stood with a broad-based coalition of educators, elected officials, clergy and advocates to call for the creation of a School Transformation Zone to improve low-performing schools and prevent school closings. CEJ sent a letter to Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Klein with over signatures from over 70 prominent New Yorkers in support of the Zone. Check out the City Council resolution in support of the Zone below.