School Choice · State Legislature

Who are the Winners and Losers in Albany’s Decision to Extend Mayor de Blasio’s Control of NYC Schools?

Mayor Bill de Blasio won.  New York City families lost. Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan, and Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie get, straight from my hometown, a big fat Bronx cheer. Early Thursday morning the Senate approved a bill that grants NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio two more years of control of the… Continue reading Who are the Winners and Losers in Albany’s Decision to Extend Mayor de Blasio’s Control of NYC Schools?

New York City · State Legislature

In Speech, Mayor de Blasio Gives Short Shrift to School Improvement; Curtains for Chancellor Fariña?

In today’s New York Times, Kate Taylor reports on NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City speech and his curiously scant discussion of his  Renewal Schools Program. As I’ve reported before (see here,  here, and here),  the program’s outcomes are lackluster at best, yet the Mayor has trumpeted his plan as a panacea… Continue reading In Speech, Mayor de Blasio Gives Short Shrift to School Improvement; Curtains for Chancellor Fariña?

Blog · New York City · State Legislature

How Much Does the State Spend on Your Kid’s Education?

Quite a bit, according to a new report from the New York State Business Officials called “The Education Dollar.” We know this. New York State’s per pupil expenditure historically toggles between first, second, and third place nationally. This year we’re #2, or $19, 529 per pupil, second to the District of Columbia which wins the… Continue reading How Much Does the State Spend on Your Kid’s Education?

Blog · New York City · State Legislature

New York City Teacher: “We Must Be At the Helm of Our Profession’s Ship”

As we begin this new 2016-2017 school year, my earnest desire (and I hope it to be yours as well) is to uplift the teaching profession the way the teachers throughout my life have uplifted me. I pay homage to them because, outside of my family and friends, no other entity has poured into who… Continue reading New York City Teacher: “We Must Be At the Helm of Our Profession’s Ship”