I've had a lot of great adventures in my lifetime and, as a kid coming of age in the 60’s, the extreme good fortune to have had parents who let me pursue them.
A couple things I've done are particularly satisfying because of the impact they’ve had on young lives. Particularly, two charter schools I've helped found in Queens: Our World Neighborhood Charter School and, more recently, Academy of the City Charter School. Both schools have long waitlists of families who want to
I was lucky enough to snag a seat at the Mayor’s Town Hall on Education last Thursday, held at P.S. 69 in Jackson Heights, Queens. I wish I could say I walked away with a renewed burst of enthusiasm regarding the state of public education in NYC. The Mayor, Chancellor Fariña, and numerous administration members spoke about changes being implemented, pilot programs and an influx of new support for traditional public schools—all wonderful additions. But I kept getting stuck on
As a former New York City public school teacher, it is important for me to be involved with C3S because I believe all children should have access to educational options which are as unique as they are. In a city where there are limitless choices for every decision, why are we content to allow a finite number of options in education dominate the landscape? The 102 independent charter schools which C3S represents, exemplify the innovative curricula and unique environments at t
My involvement with C3S began a year ago as a parent advocate. Through active participation at my child’s school, I learned about the inequities between charter and district schools in New York. I also learned about the rampant misinformation being spread about charter schools. These two factors lit a fire in me, urging me to volunteer my time to help battle the discrimination against independent charter schools. My hope is that all independent charter schools will be afforde
On November 2nd, the Education and Youth Committee of Brooklyn's Community Board 3 invited parent coordinators and parent leaders, including members of the executive boards of CEC 16, 13, and 14, an from all traditional district, charter and private schools from CB 3 to a Meet and Greet event at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Plaza. Close to 50 parent leaders, representing 37 schools including many independent charter schools such at CPCS, Unity Preparatory Charter School, TF
The de Blasio administration’s stance on charter schools has gone from aggressive to defensive to nonexistent over the last two years, with the mayor's public defiance changing to an unofficial policy of avoiding the sector altogether after he suffered a decisive political loss last year. Now, as Mayor Bill de Blasio's camp begins to look ahead to his 2017 re-election bid, officials say they’re trying to make peace with the sector that has inflicted so much political pain on
There are several must-stops on a tour of the country’s very best charter schools: In California, High Tech High schools are flat out striking, and Summit founder Diane Tavenner may be personally re-inventing American high schools. In Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, seeing an IDEA school in action is inspiring (Take your passport; don’t ask why, just do it). Newark’s North Star Academy may have the busiest visit/scheduler in the country. Boston has too many great charters to choos