Giving Compass’ Take:
• Chalkbeat takes a look at the top stories in New York City education from 2018 — including a new chancellor hire and integration plans — and what they might augur for 2019.
• Many of the issues that hit New York, such as charter school debates, reflect challenges across the country. How can funders help resolve some of the major resource gaps?
It was a dramatic year for New York City schools. Parents either panned or applauded middle school integration plans in two districts. A proposal to diversify specialized high schools stirred up protests across the five boroughs. Even the selection of a new chancellor proved to be a nail-biter.
Here’s our look back at the headline-grabbing moments of 2018 — and what parents, students, and educators should watch out for in the new year.
After a rocky search process, Mayor Bill de Blasio tapped former Houston schools chief Richard A. Carranza to be New York City’s next chancellor in March. In his first eight months, Carranza has shaken up the schools leadership structure, taken on a busing controversy, and has promoted efforts to desegregate city schools in ways his predecessor didn’t. But while advocates for integration have been heartened by Carranza’s blunt talk, he faces steep odds. As the specialized high school debate has shown, changes to the system are met with great resistance.
Read the full article about what to look for in NYC education by Christina Veiga and Reema Amin at Chalkbeat.
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