By JAMIE OPPENHEIM, PAUL STEPHENS and MAURA WALZ
April admissions lotteries around the city dramatically illustrated how rapidly New York’s charter schools have evolved into an overnight sensation. They are well-publicized, sought-after, politically active educational institutions. But what are the consequences of all the hype for families hoping to enroll their child in a charter?
By HEATHER GROSSMANN
New York City straphangers can’t ride the subway without being assaulted by a barrage of cheerfully colored signs advertising hopeful statistics on the city’s school system.
By MAURA WALZ
Midway through his first year as a Teach for America teacher in Brooklyn, Andrew Parsons began to suspect that the way he’d been taught to teach was not helping his first-grade students to learn.
By ALEXANDRA FENWICK
Every morning, Olivier Heuts walks from his apartment on the Upper West Side to the school across the East River in Queens. The extreme commute takes him an hour and 15 minutes. Even in bad weather, he never takes the train.
By RICHIE GERGEL
Miguel Gabin helped push crack cocaine in the second grade. Flash forward a few years when he dropped out of high school for a minimum wage job to support his family. Now 18 years old, he’s back in school, preparing for the SATs–all without a home.
4/26/09 •School Voices Slideshow: What is the most important thing that the Obama administration could do to improve education in public schools?
5/04/09 •Not Much Just Chillin’: The Hidden Lives of Middle Schoolers, by Linda Perlstein
4/30/09 •Character in High School Narrative South of Heaven Discusses the Experience 16-Years Later
5/11/09 •Throwing Out Standardized Tests — and Grade Books
5/04/09 •Science Ed. Thrives for Brooklyn’s Dual Language Children
5/15/09 •Dancing to Work
5/11/09 •Charters leave many high needs public school students behind
5/11/09 •Charter Schools: Who gets to count the money?
5/07/09 •Performance pay gets a boost in New York
5/14/09 •Second Chance
5/11/09 •Yvette Alston: Looking for Shelter and a New Start