October 22, 2015


As Mayor De Blasio grapples with the growing homeless problem in New York City, the Department of Education is also faced with a similar challenge of insuring the students identified as homeless in New York City are also being served.  According to the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness August 2015 report, The Atlas of Student Homelessness in New York City, there were over 84,000 students during the 2013-14 school...

September 21, 2015


In 2005, the Bloomberg Administration began the selection of parents to serve on the newly instituted Community Education Councils (CECs) in the 32 New York City community school districts. CECs are charged with “promoting student achievement, advising and commenting on educational policies, and providing input to the Chancellor and the Panel for Education Policy (PEP) on matters that concern the school district (which includes...

June 5, 2015

Is imitation the highest form of flattery or, in the case of Mayor de Blasio’s recent expansion of the PROSE program, is it a calculated move to undermine the sustainability and growth of Community Charter Schools? In 2016, the Department of Education will expand waivers to 126 schools to become eligible for the Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence (PROSE) program. This program allows for public schools to dev...

May 1, 2015

Last year, NYC School Chancellor Carmen Farina announced that the Department of Education will move towards a d restorative justice discipline policy for New York City Public Schools. This shift in discipline policy would eliminate or reduce more traditional punitive practices like suspension currently adopted by many schools to a restorative justice model that would employ techniques such as peer mediation, student justice pane...

April 17, 2015

On Tuesday, April 14th, over 1 million New York City Public School children took the first of the required Common Core standardized tests. As many students prepared to answer the first questions on their ELA standardized test , the debate continued to swirl among parents and school administrators regarding the option to have students “opt out” of the test. While recognizing that the decision by parents to consider opting out is...

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