August 11, 2016

I visited Global Community Charter School last November. It was a cool, overcast day, and the school exterior matched the season-- grayish-white and nondescript. You might have walked right by 2350 Fifth Avenue and not realized there were over 300 children inside. But that certainly wasn’t the case upon entering. The halls are lined with artwork—student produced and professional—giving off a vibrancy that can only be matched by...

March 25, 2016

 

With the election of Betty Rosa as NYS Board of Regents chancellor on Monday, coupled with standardized test season approaching, many parents and educators are refocusing on this year’s opt-out movement. I am one of those parents. But even without my mommy-hat on, this movement is clearly valuable as an effective tool for change and an alternative choice to a testing process that was not built for children with special needs.  

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January 26, 2016

 

Michael Mulgrew must be bored. After a successful campaign to dissociate test scores from teacher evaluations, the UFT president is looking for another battle. But this new battle is without merit.

 

Mulgrew is proposing legislation that would penalize charter schools that do not reach targeted enrollment numbers for ELL and special education students. The punishments range from school closure to fines for infractions. Is he work...

December 10, 2015

This has certainly been a busy week for changes in education policy. The Every Student Succeeds Act was passed by the Senate on Wednesday and today was signed into law by President Obama. This is a long overdue revision of No Child Left Behind, which was seriously flawed from its inception in 2001, and proof that it takes almost 15 years to achieve “bipartisan reform” at the federal level.

 

Lawmakers have been congratulating them...

December 3, 2015

 

City Council members and the Mayor’s office had been feeling the heat from religious leaders throughout the city who are pushing to pass a bill that would supply city-funded school safety officers to the city’s private schools. Council member David Greenfield proposed the bill which called for one NYPD school safety agent per each religious or private school in the city with more than 300 students. Originally the DOE and NYPD o...

November 20, 2015

 

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...