Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Renewal Schools Program - Rest In Peace.
Mayor Bill de Blasio finally threw in the towel and is terminating the costly and academically questionable school renewal program at the end of the school year.
The Renewal program cost the City $770 million dollars and despite the additional funding, 24% of the 94 schools were forced to close due to continued poor academic performance. Only 22% of the schools improved enough to escape the Renewal program, while the remaining 54% of the schools did not improve enough to leave the Renewal designation.
Worse, that any school that was designated as a Renewal School was marked as poorly performing and many parents refused to send their academically proficient child to those schools. Moreover, the Renewal High Schools lost more and more students over the last four years as few middle school students would apply to them due to the stigma associated with them. Finally, the Renewal Schools suffer from high teacher turnover, large class sizes, and has an inexperienced staff, not a good situation for academically struggling students.
In addition, the Renewal Schools had poor leadership and an an over abundance of administrators with conflicting and overlapping directives that only confused and dispirited the school staff. Further, many of these administrators were removed from their previous school for misconduct or incompetence.
These are some of my past posts on the problems associated with the Renewal Schools. Here, Here, Here, and Here. To read all my posts on the Renewal Schools, this is the link on Turnaround Schools.