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ERIC Number: ED561075
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jan
Pages: 70
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
New York City's Children First: Lessons in School Reform
Kelleher, Maureen
Center for American Progress
Under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, New York City's education system embarked on a massive change effort, known as Children First, that produced significant results: new and better school options for families, more college-ready graduates, and renewed public confidence in New York City's schools. New York City's reform effort has also produced significant change beyond the city's own schools and has helped to set a national agenda for reforming education. Over the past 12 years, other districts, especially in large urban centers, have looked to New York City for ideas as they work to improve outcomes for their students. New York City's central administrators have also gone on to lead districts elsewhere in the nation, spreading not just particular reform strategies but also a mindset focused on bold and rapid system change to improve student achievement. This report tells the story of how Children First reforms evolved over the course of Bloomberg's mayoralty and synthesizes research on the effectiveness of those reforms. Urban district leaders can learn from both the successes and challenges of New York City's ambitious reform effort.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for American Progress
Identifiers - Location: New York