Ever since President-Elect Donald Trump tapped Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education, the biggest objection to her nomination has hinged on her support for charter schools and school vouchers. Though many would prefer to link the two, the fact is, they are very different political concepts. We covered charter schools last week. This week, we’ll… Continue reading Against Using Public Money to Fund Religious Schools? In NYC, It’s Already Happening!
My daughter was a victim. A victim of bullying and harassment. Starting in the 3rd grade in a New York City public school my daughter became the center of attention of a group of girls who were determined to make sure she didn’t have any friends. She was forced to eat alone by those bullying… Continue reading My Daughter Went From Victim to Advocate: A Personal Story of Bullying and Harassment
As I predicted last week, NYC’s controversial Upper West Side rezoning plan passed. Its supporters claimed the Department of Education’s plan would decrease overcrowding and increase economic and racial diversity. Its detractors argued that the Community Education Council acted without heeding parents’ wishes. I continue to see this rezoning as a way for the Department of… Continue reading Will the DOE’s Plan to Diversify Upper West Side Schools Reverse Segregation or Merely Hide Student Achievement Gaps?
Despite local parent opposition, the NYC Department of Education is pushing through a highly controversial rezoning plan, to be put to a vote on Tuesday, November 22th, as a way to desegregate and improve a group of Upper West Side elementary schools. But the plan risks making both problems worse. At the epicenter of the… Continue reading A Different Kind of Segregation in the Name of Diversity on the Upper West Side
No, at least according to Matt Barnum who, in a recent Atlantic article called “Is Attending the ‘Best’ High School Academically Relevant?,” bases his conclusion on a study done by the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. But as a New York City mom of a son in a specialized high school, I see enormous… Continue reading Does Attending a Specialized High School Make a Difference?
I walked into work on November 9th, 2016 feeling frail and numb. Some feeling is returning to my being, but even as I stand here in my kitchen and type these words, tears are welling in my eyes and I feel a tight knot in the pit of my stomach as I recall the look… Continue reading The Children Have Spoken: The Aftermath of the 2016 Presidential Election in My Classroom
The New York Post notes today that New York City’s list of “struggling” and “persistently struggling” schools has nosedived from 145 down to 72. Party time, right? Chronically-failing schools are suddenly reinventing themselves and boosting student achievement! But hold the applause: this list was pared down because NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and his Chancellor… Continue reading This NYC High School Has Failed for Forty Years: for Mayor de Blasio, How Long is Long Enough?
Here I am again in the corner of a hallway at KIPP Infinity Charter School in Harlem, tip-tapping away. As I look into the eyes of the children passing by, throwing up the peace sign to me and each other, I get flushed because their innocence is being passed over by forces that threaten us.… Continue reading I Just Saw “Birth of a Nation” and Realized We Are Still Fighting to Be Free
Of the 329 schools designated by the United States Department of Education as 2016 “Blue Ribbon Schools” for superlative success in closing the achievement gap and maintaining high standards, ten are located in New York City. One is the K-8 Excellence Girls Charter School on the border of Bed-Stuy and Bushwick, one of only three… Continue reading Do Single-Sex Schools Hurt or Help Students?
Less than two weeks after I criticized the New York City Department of Education’s (DOE) plan to add racial diversity to Specialized High-Schools by offering intensive test prep to high-achieving, underserved students as too-little, too-late, the Panel for Educational Policy has voted to make a major change to the test itself. But I don’t think… Continue reading As A NYC Parent, I Don’t Think the DOE’s Change to Specialized Schools Admissions Test Will Create Diversity