School Choice

It’s Not My Kid’s Job To Make Your Kid’s Educational Experience Better

The big buzz word in New York City education is: Diversity. On October 26, 2017, yet another plan was announced, this time promising to bring diversity to Lower Manhattan’s District 1. District 1 is already a choice district, in that families are not limited to a local zoned school, but can apply to any school… Continue reading It’s Not My Kid’s Job To Make Your Kid’s Educational Experience Better

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Do Dual Language Programs Keep The Language of Privilege From Kids Who Need It Most?

Earlier this year, I wrote about Dual Language programs in New York City schools, and who really benefits from them.  Is it the non-English speakers that Chancellor Carmen Fariña touts, or is it the already English-speaking children whose parents, when shut out of Gifted & Talented programs, use the Dual Language option to secure yet… Continue reading Do Dual Language Programs Keep The Language of Privilege From Kids Who Need It Most?

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Here’s How To Make Summer Reading Fun!

This summer I’ve been experiencing the perfect synergy of work (I’m teaching a middle school, small-group reading enrichment class), professional development (I’m completing the final two classes required to receive my New York State advanced certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, aka TESOL), and play (I’m in Manhattan just about every weekday… Continue reading Here’s How To Make Summer Reading Fun!

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UFT Prez and Bill de Blasio Concur: The Zombie Apocalypse is Upon Us!

“We are blessed that we have a mayor who will stand with every single public school teacher to defend our profession and the right to be unionists.” That’s Mike Mulgrew, president of the New York City teacher union, announcing UFT’s endorsement of Bill de Blasio after a short debate at last Wednesday’s Delegate Assembly. After… Continue reading UFT Prez and Bill de Blasio Concur: The Zombie Apocalypse is Upon Us!

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Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Education Department Nominee, Makes Me Nervous for All the Children Like My Son Who Have Special Needs

I’ve tried to be open-minded about Trump’s nominee for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos. Many people I respect view her as a potentially powerful voice for school choice and, I reasoned, at least she’s no Jeff Sessions. But her confirmation hearing  Tuesday night just slayed me. Sen. Al Franken’s elicitation of her lack of understanding between… Continue reading Betsy DeVos, Trump’s Education Department Nominee, Makes Me Nervous for All the Children Like My Son Who Have Special Needs

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Angelica Infante-Green on Creating the Nation’s First Dual Language Program for Children With Autism

(This is a guest post from Michael Vaughn, Director of Communications for Education Post.) As a deputy commissioner for the New York State Education Department, Angelica Infante-Green is making a difference in the critical areas of special education and bilingual education for students all across the state. And as a parent, she helped create the… Continue reading Angelica Infante-Green on Creating the Nation’s First Dual Language Program for Children With Autism

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Cui Bono: Who Really Benefits From Dual Language Education?

Late last year I wrote about how the Upper West Side rezoning plan intended to desegregate a handful of elementary schools could end up resegregating them in a new way through the addition of a Gifted & Talented program to PS 191, currently serving over 70% Black, Hispanic, and Free Lunch students. Bringing in a G&T… Continue reading Cui Bono: Who Really Benefits From Dual Language Education?

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Beyond Staples: How Parents Benefit from School Accountability

If you’re a parent like me, at the start of each school year you eagerly learn all about the course content your child will study, the enrichment opportunities available, the field trips your child will take, and the school supplies your child will need as you brace yourself for that evening’s trip to Staples. If… Continue reading Beyond Staples: How Parents Benefit from School Accountability

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Thinking Beyond the Traditional Concept of What Constitutes an English Language Learner

In September, I eagerly started taking the coursework necessary to become an English as a Second Language  teacher, a lifelong goal of mine. During my very first class, the professor asked a series of poignant questions about factors that influence practitioners’ teaching that stirred up something in me. Firstly, how does information influence how I… Continue reading Thinking Beyond the Traditional Concept of What Constitutes an English Language Learner

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Is a Fair and Equitable Education Possible in New York City?

It is clear that students throughout the city are getting varying degrees of quality education, with children of color getting the shorter end of the stick. At times, students may even get varying degrees of quality education within the same building (i.e., tracking or school practices that put less experienced teachers with more difficult kids).… Continue reading Is a Fair and Equitable Education Possible in New York City?