YONKERS, NY — November 10, 2019 — NEEDS IMPROVEMENT: Yonkers Public Schools’ struggling three schools made demonstrable progress in student achievement and other areas in 2018-19, but not as much as had been hoped, Albany officials announced Friday.
DID NOT MAKE THE GRADE: The New York State Education Department listed the Yonkers Public Schools among 14 “receivership” schools statewide that showed at least minimal improvement during the past academic year.
STRUGGLING SCHOOLS: Eight of those schools districts hit their expected targets fully, while six other school districts, including Yonkers, fell somewhat short.
FAILING GRADE: As a result, none of the 14 schools risk being turned over to outside managers known as independent receivers. Instead, all will remain under the control of local district superintendents who, under state law, are authorized to see that the schools continue to progress.
This could create three new Charter Schools in Yonkers if the Superintendent Edwin Quezada doesn’t get much more improvements for Yonkers families.
Yonkers is the largest K-12 district in Westchester County, and is also one of the poorest in terms of family incomes.
The state’s chief education policymaker, Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa of the #Bronx, acknowledged improvements made in all 14 schools, but added in a prepared statement that, “we know that there is still much to be done to ensure that every child has equitable access to a high-quality education.”
Yonkers Public Schools was identified as needing extensive improvement in July 2015, under a new state receivership law.
Some of Yonkers’ schools had been tagged as struggling many years before that, under a series of other state improvement efforts.
Yonkers was not the only district included on the state’s list of receivership schools whose status was updated Friday.
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