Monday, September 21, 2009

New York City's Small Schools Experiment: Who's Benefiting?

Annenberg Institute for School Reform
Education Policy for Action Series

Education Challenges Facing New York City
New York City's Small Schools Experiment:
Who's Benefiting?

Nowhere has the approach of restructuring large comprehensive high schools been implemented as broadly as in New York City. Since 2000, 27 large comprehensive high schools have been closed and reopened as campuses of small schools. Do the students who attend the new schools have different characteristics, on average, than students in other schools in the city or in the schools they replaced?

A research presentation by Jennifer Jennings and Aaron Pallas of Columbia University will be followed by commentary from Eloise Messineo, Principal of Brandeis High School, and Ana Maria Archila, Co-Director of Make the Road New York, and on open discussion with parents, teachers, students, principals, organizers, advocates, scholars, and policymakers.

Date: Tuesday, September 22nd

Time: 4:30-6:30 pm

Place: Professional Staff Congress, CUNY
61 Broadway, 16th floor (between Rector and Exchange)
R, W or 1 to Rector Street, 4 or 5 to Wall Street

RSVP to or call 212.328.9280

Light refreshments will be provided

Megan Hester
Community Organizing & Engagement
Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University

1 comment:

NY_I said...

The students lose out.
Spanish is the only foreign language, or there is no foreign language teacher. In old, large schools, students had languages such as French or Italian.
Music and arts are a rarity. AP classes are gone. Various English electives are gone. Guidance counselor, social worker, school psychologist, college counselor, deans ranks are slashed or eliminated outright. The city seems to think that all social problems stem from the school itself as though it is carrying a virus, and that dicing it in four will make all the emotional strains on the students vanish.
NO ONE benefits, except there are more principals, and as Juan Gonzalez pointed out, the city always chooses to hire six digit computer consultants over 60K ones.