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A Few Suggestions for Mayor de Blasio’s Second Term Education Agenda

New York City’s mayoral primary is on September 12th, six months from now, and it’s looking excessively likely that incumbent Bill de Blasio will win the primary and then win a second term in November. Given the odds, here’s a few suggestions from an admittedly edu-centric bystander on what the Mayor can do to improve… Continue reading A Few Suggestions for Mayor de Blasio’s Second Term Education Agenda

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“He Couldn’t Read”: A Teacher Confronts Illiteracy

Sean Davenport has a provocative piece in Chalkbeat about his journey from disaffected student to teacher at (now closed) Theodore Roosevelt High School in the Bronx. On his first day there in his 10th grade English and Speech class, he told the students to take turns reading aloud from a text. He recounts this exchange… Continue reading “He Couldn’t Read”: A Teacher Confronts Illiteracy

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“There Are Black Women Like Me Doing That Kind of Work”: Brooklyn Charter Students Impress College Recruiters

Nearly 100 colleges participated in a career fair in Brooklyn this week, illustrating the growing influence that high-performing charter schools are having on college admissions in New York. That many colleges at one fair at a school is not atypical for magnet schools like Stuyvesant High School or Hunter College High School. But what was… Continue reading “There Are Black Women Like Me Doing That Kind of Work”: Brooklyn Charter Students Impress College Recruiters

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A Teacher Tosses a Seven-Year-Old Out the Door and Keeps His Job?

Two days before Christmas, seven-year-old Ka’veon Wilson came to class at P.S. 194 in Harlem with a tray of cupcakes for his classmates. His teacher, Osman Couey, shoved him out the door and locked it. Ka’veon, a special education student, started banging on the door to get back in. School psychologist Steven Castiglia heard the… Continue reading A Teacher Tosses a Seven-Year-Old Out the Door and Keeps His Job?

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Where I Respond To Comments From My Last Post on the “Opt-Out Movement”

My post last week urging New York parents to say “yes” to the state standardized tests generated many comments, mostly from angry suburban parents. I thank all of you  — after all, the primary purpose of New York School Talk is to elevate authentic voices in this ongoing conversation about how to improve the quality… Continue reading Where I Respond To Comments From My Last Post on the “Opt-Out Movement”

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Get Over Yourselves and Opt In!

If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. That’s a rule many live by, but it rings especially true in our schools. That’s New York City father Jean Holybrice explaining why his children are participating in  annual state assessments in language arts and math. Data on participation rates in NY’s annual state assessments are… Continue reading Get Over Yourselves and Opt In!

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No, Rich White Parents Should NOT Refuse Testing for Their Children

The  Daily News reported yesterday that NYSUT, the New York teacher union, has bought about a dozen billboards upstate, as well as ads on bus shelters, urging parents to opt their children out of annual state standardized testing.  This is in spite of the fact that student results are no longer tied to teacher evaluations,… Continue reading No, Rich White Parents Should NOT Refuse Testing for Their Children

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“Parents Are Far More Sophisticated Than We Give Them Credit For”: Eva Moskowitz Speaks Out

This whole district public school vs. charter public school — I don’t think parents think of it that way. I think they think of, “I want a great school for my kid. Who’s got one? And how can I get my kid into that school?” That’s Eva Moskowitz, founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter… Continue reading “Parents Are Far More Sophisticated Than We Give Them Credit For”: Eva Moskowitz Speaks Out

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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!