Serving Students in Temporary Housing

Our School Supports team recently hosted its annual workshop in partnership with NYS-TEACHS to help schools understand how to meet the needs of students in temporary housing and comply with federal and state laws and regulations, according to the McKinney-Vento Act and the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA).…

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Charters Continue to Close the Proficiency Gap

View Interactive Charts   Download Test ScoresLast week, the New York State Education Department released results for the 2018-19 grades 3-8 English language arts (ELA) and math assessments. We were not surprised that these results confirm the trend- of many years now -that NYC charter schools attain high student achievement results while…

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The Evolution of a Name: Redefining Inclusion and Access

  The NYC Special Education Collaborative is now The Collaborative for Inclusive Education. Nearly a decade ago, the New York City Charter School Center created the NYC Special Education Collaborative when it merged a consortium of borough-based special education cooperatives into a citywide membership program in order to codify the…

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In Memoriam

Last week, one of the founders of the New York City Charter School Center, Carol Reich, passed away.  You can read the outline of Carol’s life and contributions in the New York Times’ obituary. And, if you want to know more, and wonder how the charter movement got started in New…

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Charters Close the Achievement Gap: NYC Charters Continue to Lead

View Interactive Charts   Download Test Scores   On Wednesday, the New York State Education Department released results for the 2017-18 grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and math assessments. As in 2015-16, when the state implemented new testing procedures that differed from past years’ Common Core assessments, these results are not…

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What Does Inclusion Look Like?

By Melissa Katz, Director, English Learner Supports The NYC Special Education Collaborative’s mission is to empower schools to develop inclusive education environments. This is an ambitious undertaking given that inclusion is not a teaching strategy, but rather a mindset. In the most basic language, inclusion means any student, regardless of…

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Charters Widen the Gap: NYC Charters Continue to Lead

View Interactive Charts   Download Test Scores   On Tuesday, the New York State Education Department released results for the 2016-17 grades 3-8 English Language Arts (ELA) and math assessments. Unlike 2015-16, when the state implemented new testing procedures that differed from past years’ Common Core assessments, the 2016-17 results are directly…

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Charters Are Still Not “Creaming” Students

By Michael Pih, Associate Director of Policy & Research Despite significant evidence to the contrary, it’s a common refrain among charter school critics that the strong academic performance of NYC charter schools can be explained by their selective enrollment of students based on certain characteristics, including prior academic performance, or…

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The Best Case for Returning to the Funding Formula

By Michael Pih And the funding gap between charters and the district continues to grow... The IBO released an updated report comparing public spending for charter schools to traditional district schools, and its analysis is clear: not only do NYC charter schools receive less in public spending than their district…

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Giving Voice: Special Populations Series

By Dixon Deutsch, Vice President of Special Populations Accountability: College Football vs. Public Schools While enjoying the holidays in my home state of Texas, I received an email from my alma mater - the University of Texas at Austin. The email caught my eye because it referenced a new head…

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