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Updated February 7, 2019
Lee says ‘parent choice’ education initiative coming soon in Tennessee
Gov. Bill Lee hinted that he soon will introduce a legislative initiative to give parents more education options for their children.
February 5, 2019
Rezoning debate highlights gap in opportunities at two Memphis high schools
Some say they aren’t ready to bet on Melrose High School’s upswing in academic achievement as officials consider rezoning 260 students there.
January 14, 2019
Denver’s window for choosing schools opens Tuesday
The district especially encourages families with children going into kindergarten, sixth, and ninth grade to fill out a choice form.
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January 11, 2019
I’m a white teacher who chose a high-poverty school for my daughter. Here’s why.
I'm not immune to worrying that my daughter will miss out if I don’t fight for entry into schools that get all the buzz. But I know true equity means giving up privilege.
January 10, 2019
Illinois officials want to offer student data to help universities recruit high schoolers
A state task force wants to find ways to provide public universities with student data that could help them figure out how to appeal to high schoolers.
January 3, 2019
After modest results, Denver officials looking at ways to bolster school integration pilot
“It’s done what a pilot is supposed to do. You launch a pilot to teach you how to go more and more to scale in more effective ways.”
December 19, 2018
Who gets access to gifted programs? New Illinois rules could require districts to answer
To help prod schools into expanding access to classes for gifted students, the state wants detailed reports on what kind of students get access to elite programs.
December 13, 2018
Chicago school applications are due midnight Friday. Here’s your last-minute cheat sheet.
The application process is particularly fraught for students entering high school. Eighth-graders can choose from among 250 programs in nearly 150 high schools.
December 5, 2018
‘Smooth sailing’ or ‘left behind’: The student voices in a charged debate over NYC’s high school admissions
At the same time Monday night that Manhattan parents were protesting proposed changes to how a few New York City high schools choose…
December 3, 2018
Manhattan parents decry proposal designed to diversify city’s most sought-after high schools
At least 300 people attended District 2’s Community Education Council meeting, where Deputy Chancellor Josh Wallack formally presented the city’s plan to get rid of the test that middle school students can take to gain admission to eight of the city’s specialized high schools.
November 27, 2018
Days before deadline, a new online system for applying to NYC schools raises concerns
The new website replaces the old process: students filled out paper applications that ranked their school choices and turned the paperwork into their guidance counselors, who would enter the information into a central system.
November 27, 2018
Gov.-elect Lee names Tennessee voucher advocate as his policy director
Tony Niknejad previously was director of Tennessee's chapter of the American Federation for Children.
November 26, 2018
Surprise: Manhattan’s Millennium High School changes admissions rules just weeks before application deadline
Just four students from outside Manhattan were offered spots last year. The revised rules could change that.
November 19, 2018
In most U.S. cities, neighborhoods have grown more integrated. Their schools haven’t.
From 1990 to 2015, 72 percent of U.S. cities saw their neighborhoods grow less racially segregated. Sixty-two percent saw their schools grow more segregated.
November 14, 2018
Some Asian American groups have backed the SHSAT, but this one says the exam should go
In the fight to integrate New York City’s coveted specialized high schools, one source of opposition has stood out. Asian…
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