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The Sad State of Our Schools

A teacher’s expectations and the standards to which he or she holds students accountable may very well be the largest factor in academic success, or lack thereof. I write these words to you with such a frustrated spirit and a heavy heart because the crass reality is that some students, particularly poor Black and Brown… Continue reading The Sad State of Our Schools

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It’s World Down Syndrome Day But There’s Not Much To Celebrate in New York City’s Schools

Today is World Down Syndrome Day. I didn’t know this until my son told me last night, after conferring with Siri, whom he consults with about every holiday that he considers significant. (Today is  also National Day of Forests and World Poetry Day, by the way, and tomorrow is World Water Day.) Jonah doesn’t have… Continue reading It’s World Down Syndrome Day But There’s Not Much To Celebrate in New York City’s Schools

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Do YOU Have Something to Say About NY Schools? Jump On In!

New York School Talk is only six months old but we’re already growing weekly in readership, interest, and excitement. As we grow, we’re eager to expand our network of writers — parents, teachers, students, education leaders — who share our conviction that all New York City’s children, regardless of income and ethnicity,  must have access… Continue reading Do YOU Have Something to Say About NY Schools? Jump On In!

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Why NYC’s SHSAT Diversity Plan Failed – And Why It Will Keep Failing

This year, New York City’s annual day of hand-wringing and mystified confusion fell on March 8, 2017. That’s when everyone from the New York Times to the Daily News to Chalkbeat wrote their Why, Oh, Why Did Only (Insert Tiny Number That Varies Slightly From Year to Year) Minority Students Get Offers to Specialized High… Continue reading Why NYC’s SHSAT Diversity Plan Failed – And Why It Will Keep Failing

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It’s Past Time That We Hold District and School Leaders Accountable for Student Success

With the ongoing conversation about students’ academic success and the continued push to hold teachers almost single-handedly accountable for their students’ academic achievements, I have heard little in the way of the personal responsibility of school and district leaders. But nothing could be more important because the tone and vision of our school leaders dictates… Continue reading It’s Past Time That We Hold District and School Leaders Accountable for Student Success

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NAACP: Who Exactly Are You Working to Advance When You Ignore Black Parents?

It was my prayer that the NAACP hearing on their charter school moratorium that happened three weeks ago in Los Angeles would go far better than the ones I recently attended in Orlando, Florida and Memphis Tennessee.  It would be an understatement to say that both were appalling experiences for me as a black woman… Continue reading NAACP: Who Exactly Are You Working to Advance When You Ignore Black Parents?

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Ed Trust Needs To Take Several Seats in the Back of My Classroom!

In response to New York State’s decision to eliminate the Academic Skills Literacy Test for teacher certification,  Education Trust Executive Director Ian Rosenblum stated on Tuesday, “it is deeply disappointing that the Regents and State Education Department are lowering the bar for teacher literacy skills…We should be focusing on ensuring that prospective teachers receive the support… Continue reading Ed Trust Needs To Take Several Seats in the Back of My Classroom!

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You Call These “Public” Schools? Unconscionable Segregation in NYC’s Specialized High Schools

Segregation won another round in New York City’s most elite “public” schools. The admission numbers are out and they are pathetic. Black and Latino children make up 67.6 percent of the students in NYC schools, yet only 10 percent of the students were admitted to the selective high schools. And get this, only one—yes one—Black… Continue reading You Call These “Public” Schools? Unconscionable Segregation in NYC’s Specialized High Schools

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Why You Do NOT Want Me On Your Education Council

As they have already done with Kindergarten, Gifted & Talented, and Universal pre-K applications, the New York City Department of Education has pushed back their deadline for parents wishing to run for a spot on various education councils, including Citywide Council on High-Schools, English Language Learners, Special Ed, and several District offices. The final forms… Continue reading Why You Do NOT Want Me On Your Education Council

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What Does Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Mean and Where Can I Get Some?

Education always has a buzz word or phrase of the hour. Differentiation. Rigor. Common Core. State Standards. Restorative Justice. Educational Equity. These buzz words and phrases flit out just as quickly as they flit in. Right now I’m noticing that “Culturally Relevant Pedagogy” is a term floating around the education community. But what does culturally… Continue reading What Does Culturally Relevant Pedagogy Mean and Where Can I Get Some?