May 29, 2015

Those of you of a certain age may remember Alan Watts, the eccentric and brilliant author/philosopher whose books on Zen Buddhism inspired thousands of flower-children to search for self-knowledge. Though most of his admirers are now more likely occupied with other, less spiritual aspects of their well-being than with Zen, his insights are still as pertinent as ever. Which, of course, brings me to the hotly contested topic of te...

May 29, 2015

One would think based on how teacher evaluations are discussed in the media that there must be one correct answer and that the challenge is to decide, in an algebraic fashion which variables in what quantities equate to an effective teacher. The truth of the matter is, that there are as many methods to evaluate teachers as there are educational philosophies. The most widely used instruments measure an educator’s performance acro...

May 22, 2015

When the Charter Schools Act of New York State was passed in 1998, one of the key components called for these schools to be innovators of both practice and school culture in order to create change to help fix the larger, broken public school system. This was of noble intent, but the reality of what it means to be a charter school in New York State, and specifically New York City, is increasingly less about innovation and more ab...

May 20, 2015

In this video Kyle Rosenkranz, CEO of the Northeast Charter School Network and Ingrid Night discuss the charter school cap, the Brown V. NY case, and Mayoral control of schools.

May 13, 2015

Good afternoon, everyone and thanks so much for coming out on this gorgeous spring day. 

 

Gracias a todos por venir en este día hermosa. Agradecemos muchísimo su apoyo y también el apoyo de nuestros amigos en el movimiento para escuelas púbicas charter.

 

I want to thank our partners in advocacy for their support of this event: The Northeast Charter School Network who have been the chief advocates for the plaintiffs in Western New...

May 8, 2015

The Mayor’s Office announced in May 2015 that the administration will provide an additional $34 million in funding for “struggling schools” with an additional $60 million every year after to hire guidance counselors, launch academic programs, and add Advanced Placement classes. This funding is in addition to the $150 million committed in the Renewal Schools initiative and the Community School Expansion introduced by Mayor de Bla...

May 8, 2015

There is no doubt in my mind that Mayor Bill de Blasio is taking the right approach to helping schools that have been struggling with low test scores, graduation rates and teacher attrition. He is, by contrast to his predecessor, a friend of the public school system and teachers. Last year de Blasio announced that as part of his school renewal plan, he would be giving the lowest performing public schools financial support in hop...