January 17th, 2014

Persistent Educational Failure: The Crisis in District 9 and a Community Roadmap for Mayor Bill de Blasio

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Community School District 9 in the South Bronx is in crisis. Outgoing Mayor Bloomberg’s education policies have failed to close the achievement gap between District 9 and the City’s most affluent neighborhoods. In 2013, nine out of ten students in District 9 failed the English Language Arts exam, half of elementary and middle schools in the District are on state improvement lists, and only 10% of students graduated college ready.

Parent leaders of the New Settlement Parent Action Committee (PAC) strongly believe that the status quo cannot continue. The incoming administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio has an historic opportunity to recommit the City to the mission of providing every child with an excellent neighborhood school and this report contains research-based strategies to discontinue this damaging trend.

New Settlement Parent Action Committee (PAC) is a member organization of the Coalition for Educational Justice.

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July 29th, 2013

Is Demography Still Destiny?

A report released by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform last year showed that after a decade of the most expansive high school choice system in the country, the college readiness of New York City high school graduates is still very highly correlated with the neighborhood they come from.

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May 26th, 2010

Beyond School Closings: Effective Alternatives for Low-Performing Schools

This policy brief reviews the research on school closings, profiles successful national and international models of school turnaround, and outlines CEJ’s proposal for a School Transformation Zone to improve low-performing schools and prevent school closings.

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March 11th, 2010

Educational Impact Statement for the NYC Department of Education

CEJ releases a mock Educational Impact Statement analyzing DOE performance and arguing for a moratorium on school closings and the creation of a School Transformation Zone to support low-performing schools and prevent school closings.

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March 10th, 2010

Reality Check: The Impact of Co-location on a Sample of Schools

CEJ releases brief demonstrating the flaws and omissions in the DOE’s Educational Impact Statements on school co-locations, and calling for a moratorium on co-locations until an independent analysis can be made.

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