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July 10, 2019
As DREAM Act application goes live for NY students working to afford college, advocates turn to outreach, a key priority
The application, which went live July 3, stems from the Jose Peralta New York State DREAM Act, which was among the first items supported and passed by state Democrats.
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July 2, 2019
Low-income students don’t always apply for financial aid for college. How this Queens school is trying to change that.
For four years, Karabelas has built a college and career planning team that holds events and reaches out to students.
November 1, 2016
KIPP charter network partners with MTSU to give under-represented students a shot at college
The national charter network forges one of its first partnerships with a Tennessee university as part of KIPP's focus on college prep.
January 29, 2016
Q&A: The start-up founders trying to help low-income students plan their financial futures
UniFi Scholars is focused on helping high school juniors and seniors from low-income New York City schools have a better understanding of how to budget for college.
March 12, 2014
Assembly spending plan includes statewide pre-K funds, extra $1 billion for schools
The Assembly's budget proposal will boost school funding by nearly $1 billion for this school year and includes an extra $100 million for statewide prekindergarten services, according to details released Wednesday morning by Speaker Sheldon Silver's office.
March 22, 2013
City schools budget still in flux, but rainy-day funds are restored
Principals who were in the final stages of a school-supplies spending spree might want to put their wallets away. Back in January, Chancellor Dennis Walcott told principals that they would not be able to save any of their school's funds from this year to use next year, a practice that allows schools to plan ahead in an uncertain budget climate. That gave the principals an incentive to spend down their last dollars this spring. But hours after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a state budget deal earlier this week, bringing the Department of Education's financial situation into clearer relief, Walcott announced that he had retracted the decree.
March 19, 2013
Bill Thompson bid gets help from high-profile education figures
Bill Thompson, center, is among four Democratic candidates jockeying for the endorsement of the United Federation of Teachers. Bill Thompson lags behind his Democratic rivals in fundraising, but he's out in front in one area of interest: support from high-profile education officials. As he has ramped up his fund-raising efforts in recent months, Thompson has raked in thousands of dollars in donations from notable public figures in education, including American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten, New York State Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch and, most recently, Matthew Goldstein, chancellor of the City University of New York, filings show. Weingarten, who worked closely with Thompson when the pair overlapped during previous city education posts more than a decade ago, gave $2,000 to his campaign in two installments on Jan. 10 and Jan. 11. Tisch contributed $4,950 — the maximum allowed by the city's campaign finance laws — to Thompson's six-month haul ending in January, which totaled more than $1 million.
September 7, 2011
City getting federal grants to assist with long-planned closures
The city is getting a total of just under $60 million in federal grants to help dozens of struggling schools. The grants, which the State Education Department formally announced today, are hardly unexpected. In July, the city and teachers union hashed out an eleventh-hour deal on teacher evaluations to clear the way for 33 low-performing schools to receive them. The surprise is that 11 school closures — many of which the city had planned since 2009 — are being chalked up to "turnaround," an overhaul model that the city said it was dropping. Turnaround requires a new principal, most teachers replaced, and organizational changes — all hallmarks of the city's longstanding closure program, in which low-performing schools phase out and new schools open in their place. But for months, the city had not mentioned turnaround as an option. In fact, back in May, when it looked like the city would have to filed its grant application without the UFT's support, the city said it was abandoning its plan to use the turnaround model and would instead adopt the less-invasive "restart" approach.
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