Accountability

A Personal Story: Why NYS’s Special Education Waiver Is Bad for Kids

When my son Jonah was a few months shy of three years old, our Central New Jersey school district, which had no appropriate programs for a toddler with multiple disabilities, sent him to a county preschool handicapped program. My husband and I were new to the world of special education (our three older children are… Continue reading A Personal Story: Why NYS’s Special Education Waiver Is Bad for Kids

School Choice

Mistakes Parents Make When Ranking NYC School Choices, From Pre-Kindergarten to High School

As I wrote last week, it’s school application time  for 2018 in New York City! Public high school applications are due on December 1 (excluding Specialized schools). Public Middle-School applications will become available in November and are also due on December 1. Kindergarten Connect, for all public school general ed programs, is scheduled to open… Continue reading Mistakes Parents Make When Ranking NYC School Choices, From Pre-Kindergarten to High School

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Do Parents Know How To Choose the Best School in NYC?

It’s school application time in New York City! Parents of four-year-olds are taking advantage of every to advantage to prep them for entry into public Gifted & Talented programs, private schools, and the hybrid Hunter College Elementary. Parents of 5th graders are wrestling with the convoluted process of middle-school admissions. Meanwhile, 30,000 8th graders took… Continue reading Do Parents Know How To Choose the Best School in NYC?

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Your Cheat Sheet For Figuring Out All Your NYC High-School Choices – And How To Get Them

In May, The New York Times blamed school choice for why the NYC high school application process is so complicated and traps the neediest kids in the weakest performing schools. I countered that the problem wasn’t the concept of school choice, but that a weak K-8 educational system left many teens with few choices by… Continue reading Your Cheat Sheet For Figuring Out All Your NYC High-School Choices – And How To Get Them

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5 Secrets NYC Department of Ed Doesn’t Want Parents To Know About Gifted & Talented Programs

New York City’s Department of Education (DOE) opened Request for Gifted and Talented Testing forms on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. Children who will be entering Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd or 3rd grade in September of 2018 may apply. (After that, no one in NYC is presumably either gifted and/or talented.) The DOE also offers a Gifted… Continue reading 5 Secrets NYC Department of Ed Doesn’t Want Parents To Know About Gifted & Talented Programs

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Damn! NO Black Teachers Are Being Hired? This Is Crazy!!

I have a serious inquiry for school administrators: Is a teacher applicant’s race a factor when you consider hiring them? Let me be more specific: Do you think about your minority student demographics and then consider the positive impact that having a teacher who looks like them will have on them? Do any of these… Continue reading Damn! NO Black Teachers Are Being Hired? This Is Crazy!!

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Willful Blindness: Official Pushing NYC’s ATR Plan Has A History Of Giving A Pass to Bad Teachers

(This is a guest post from Pete Cook. It was originally published on his blog, PE & CO.) The New York City Department of Education (NYCDOE) is planning to move as many as 400 teachers out of the district’s Absent Teacher Reserve (ATR) and into full-time classroom positions at schools this fall, regardless of whether those schools… Continue reading Willful Blindness: Official Pushing NYC’s ATR Plan Has A History Of Giving A Pass to Bad Teachers

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Do Kids Care If Their Teachers Are Certified? Should Parents?

Last week, New York City schools received two pieces of contradictory news, which made for an interesting contrast in how teachers are viewed. In the first, the Department of Education will now require principals to staff vacancies with teachers from the Absent Teacher Reserve, also known as “the rubber room,” where pedagogues who have been… Continue reading Do Kids Care If Their Teachers Are Certified? Should Parents?

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Changes in Chicago’s Educational Policy Set Off Alarms For This New York City Public School Teacher!

New York City public high school students recently dodged a policy bullet that just struck Chicago’s public schools. According to the Washington Post, To graduate from a public high school in Chicago, students will soon have to meet a new and unusual requirement: They must show that they’ve secured a job or received a letter of… Continue reading Changes in Chicago’s Educational Policy Set Off Alarms For This New York City Public School Teacher!

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Being The Change I Wish To See In Education

I’ve been blogging now for about 10 months and during that time, I’ve had the opportunity to converse with several people via their written comments about whatever it is I wrote that week. Often the comments are supportive and aligned with my position.  There are times, however, when readers of my posts are adamantly opposed… Continue reading Being The Change I Wish To See In Education