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3 days ago
5 tough questions a new report puts front-and-center for Chicago’s next mayor
Faced with an alarming report that lays bare shrinking enrollment and racial inequity, Chicago Public Schools must wrestle with some tough decisions.
August 17, 2018
Secret CPS report spotlights big vacancies, lopsided options for students
An unreleased report by a school choice group backed by the business community paints in stark detail what many Chicagoans have known…
August 13, 2018
An Indianapolis high school doubled in size after 3 schools closed. Here’s how it’s coping.
Shortridge educators spent their first week trying to build a sense of community at a school where about two-thirds of students are new.
August 6, 2018
Neighbors at odds heading into Near South High School hearing
On Tuesday, Near South Side residents divided over the opening of a high school on the site of a popular elementary school have…
July 20, 2018
Boundary lines of proposed South Loop high school drive wedge between communities
The parent, wearing an “I Love NTA” T-shirt, said it loudly and directly toward the end of the public comment section Thursday night.
July 11, 2018
Here are the Memphis schools opening and closing this school year
All of the schools opening are charter schools, as are most of the closures.
June 25, 2018
Memphis charter school signs lease within district boundaries, allowing it to stay open
Gateway University High School will move into Holy Nation Church of Memphis near Craigmont High School, according to a spokeswoman for the charter school.
June 14, 2018
Shelby County Schools wants to shutter charter school that opened outside district limits
But the school's leader says he is close to securing a building within Shelby County Schools boundaries.
A new approach
June 12, 2018
Denver’s school board is taking a break from its school closure policy
The pause would be in effect for the 2018-19 school year.
while you were sleeping
April 26, 2018
Bronx transfer school is shuttered after late-night vote, a first for Chancellor Carranza
Chancellor Richard Carranza’s introduction to New York City continued Wednesday with an eight hour meeting in which teachers and students desperately pled for their school…
sorting the students
March 27, 2018
Facing closure, some Memphis parents hope to form K-8 school, but others aren’t sold
Shelby County Schools officials had hoped that a proposal generated by parents would help win support from others since parents rarely support closing a school.
February 26, 2018
Ahead of school closure vote, New York City families protest and anxiously await new options
It’s the largest single round of closures since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014.
February 21, 2018
In rare move, Memphis community council proposes school closure
The Whitehaven Empowerment Zone leadership council says the district should close Manor Lake Elementary and merge it with Geeter Middle to make a K-8 school.
February 16, 2018
McQueen outlines state intervention plans for 21 Memphis schools
McQueen's letter offers the first look at how the state is pursuing school turnaround plans under its new tiered model of school improvement.
February 5, 2018
A Brooklyn school on the chopping block will get one more chance to improve
Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city would give Brooklyn Collegiate: A College Board School a one-year reprieve, citing community pressure.
blast from the past
January 9, 2018
Harkening back to earlier era, struggling New York City school fights closure but faces long odds
A decade ago, teachers picketed P.S./M.S. 42 R. Vernam in Rockaway, Queens and declared the campus unsafe. Parents said the building was in horrible…
January 8, 2018
Highest-performing state-run high school to close due to ‘sustainability challenges’
GRAD Academy announced Monday that it would close its high school located in South Memphis at the end of this school year.
season of searching
December 19, 2017
Plans to shutter schools will force more than 400 New York City teachers to search for new jobs
What’s next for those teachers depends on the city’s plans for their schools -- and whether principals want to hire them.
Updated December 18, 2017
With enrollment likely to plummet, city moves to close Bronx school where student was fatally stabbed
City officials want to shutter the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation, along with 13 other schools.
December 15, 2017
Two Citizens of the World charter schools will close at the end of this year
Two Brooklyn charter elementary schools will be shuttered at the end of this school year, after they heard they were likely to be turned down for renewal.
October 30, 2017
Thousands of Indianapolis high schoolers are applying for school as district goes all magnet
The district is pushing teens to choose their campus based on academic focus rather than neighborhood.
October 30, 2017
Dozens more Detroit schools added to state’s partnership list for low test scores — but forced closure is not a threat for now
That brings to 50 the number of Detroit schools in the partnership program, which requires schools to meet certain improvement targets or else face additional consequences.
October 17, 2017
Students at one Memphis elementary school may relocate during construction
It’s also possible that the new building won’t be ready until January of 2020 instead of the fall of 2019 as originally planned.
September 28, 2017
Hired: Indianapolis Public Schools chooses principals to help ‘reinvent’ high schools
All four principals are current IPS staffers.
Struggling Detroit schools
September 20, 2017
Scores of Detroit schools are empty eyesores. Here’s why it’s so hard to bring them back to life.
Vacant schools can become crime hubs or crumbling dangers. But even if that doesn’t happen, they are disheartening reminders of Detroit’s struggle to prioritize education for its children.
September 20, 2017
Breaking: High school teachers across Indianapolis Public Schools may need to reapply for their jobs
The announcement came less than 24 hours after the IPS board approved a plan to close three high schools.
September 18, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools will close Broad Ripple, Northwest, and Arlington high schools
While board members framed the decision as painful, but unavoidable, many in the crowd laughed, murmured and occasionally yelled in skepticism.
September 15, 2017
Four things you should know before Monday’s Indianapolis Public Schools Board votes on closing high schools
The board will meet at 6 p.m. Monday.
August 31, 2017
Northwest students plead with Indianapolis Public Schools to keep their school open
About 150 people sat in the vast auditorium.
August 30, 2017
Northwest High School serves one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Indianapolis. Here’s why it will probably become a middle school.
The newcomer program would also move to the Northwest building.
August 29, 2017
Arlington alumni implore the Indianapolis Public Schools Board: ‘Don’t give up on the students and staff’
But a handful of people also spoke in support of the district plan.
August 28, 2017
This could be the last year for Arlington High School after years of turmoil. Here’s what you should know.
A district proposal would convert the campus to a middle school next fall.
August 24, 2017
To keep Indianapolis high schools from closing, advocates encourage Northwest parents to tell school board: “Don’t sell off our district”
“We need you to start fighting for your young people,” Carrie Harris, an alumna of Crispus Attucks, told parents at Northwest on Wednesday night.
the consequences of closure
August 24, 2017
Schools with more students of color are more likely to be shut down — and three other things to know about a big new study
Shutting down schools with low test scores doesn’t help student learning and disproportionately affects students of color, according a new study.
August 22, 2017
Closed charter school using private funds to issue unpaid teachers their summer paychecks
Michigan Technical Academy teachers will be paid overdue summer paychecks with interest by Wednesday.
August 21, 2017
‘Fall was a big buildup of school spirit’: A Northwest alumnus remembers pep rallies, school plays, and some tension along the way, too.
Want to share your own memories from Arlington, Broad Ripple, John Marshall, or Northwest? Fill out this form.
By the numbers
August 18, 2017
NYC announces it will subsidize hiring from Absent Teacher Reserve — and sheds light on who is in the pool
The ATR is comprised of teachers who don’t have regular positions, either because their jobs were eliminated or because of disciplinary issues.
August 16, 2017
As traditional schools close, are innovation schools the future for Indianapolis high schoolers?
Three high schools joined the innovation network this fall.
August 16, 2017
This Arlington alumnus remembers a strong and supportive high school community. Now he wants the chance to pay it forward.
In September, the board of Indianapolis Public Schools will vote on a proposal to close four high schools in the district. Chalkbeat is collecting…
August 2, 2017
Howe and Manual will stay open three more years under the management of CSUSA
The chronically failing schools were part of Indianapolis Public Schools until they were taken over by the state in 2012.
July 31, 2017
With high schools facing closure, Indianapolis Public Schools teachers could get $5,000 to stay for the year
Teachers hired more recently would be eligible for $2,500.
July 26, 2017
Detroit charter school teachers get tough news: Their school was in debt so they won’t get paid
The school’s management company, Matchbook Learning, alerted teachers in an email Wednesday that the money would instead go to pay off the school’s debts.
July 20, 2017
Marshall closing meeting draws tiny crowd, just two speakers
The meeting ended less than seven minutes after it began.
July 19, 2017
After years of academic woes, John Marshall will probably close next year. Here’s why.
The IPS board is expected to vote in September.
July 17, 2017
Broad Ripple High School will probably close next year. Here’s what you should know.
Broad Ripple is one of three IPS high schools slated to close at the end of the year.
July 14, 2017
Watch: Indianapolis Public Schools’ optimistic pitch for closing high schools
The 2:20 minute video starts with an explanation of why the administration thinks three high schools should be closed.
July 13, 2017
The Detroit school district fought to keep 24 struggling schools open. At the same time, it was closing an east side charter school
The Ross-Hill Academy charter school quietly closed forever last month after serving Detroit children on the east side for 19 years.
July 10, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools leaders want to close high schools. But first, they need permission from the state.
Five schools that would be affected by the district’s high school closing and reconfiguration plan are under state oversight.
June 30, 2017
Denver’s shuttered Gilpin Montessori school will temporarily house programs serving students with special needs
Two of the programs are run by DPS. The third is run by a Denver nonprofit.
June 30, 2017
At painful meeting, Indianapolis superintendent makes case for closing high schools: ‘The status quo is not good enough’
The room was crowded with alumni, families and staff from the schools facing closure.
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