New Visions for Public Schools makes a difference

Reyes, Damaso
July 2005
New York Amsterdam News;7/28/2005, Vol. 96 Issue 31, p28
This article reports that New Visions for Public Schools, a nonprofit organization, has dedicated itself to transforming New York's failing schools into the Meccas of learning. Through its New Century High Schools initiative, New Visions has created 75 small public high schools that will serve more than 30,000 students, many of whom were once considered beyond hope. This attitude nearly turns on its head the prejudice many, especially in Albany, for decades maintained against New York City school children, one that led to chronic underfunding and neglect that was only recently overturned by court order. The mantra that "smaller is better," which most private and parochial schools have long found effective, is finally being applied in earnest to the public schools by breaking up, the large comprehensive schools, some of which house thousands of students, into smaller, more focused institutions of learning with themes to attract the diverse interests of today's schoolchildren.


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