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“Why Would Anyone In Their Right Mind Lower Standards?”: Charter Schools Win a Round

“They were  bullshit!” said my Dad. I burst out laughing . My soft-spoken father, who most often could  be found reading history books and playing chamber music when he wasn’t teaching social studies at John Bowne High School in Flushing, so vehemently negative about the courses he took while earning his M.A. in education! At… Continue reading “Why Would Anyone In Their Right Mind Lower Standards?”: Charter Schools Win a Round

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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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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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“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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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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Why Parents Should Have Final Say About All Aspects of School Choice – Even the Weather

The first flake had yet to hit the ground on Thursday, February 9th when New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called for a Snow Day and announced that all public schools would be closed. His premature reaction was likely a response to similar circumstances in 2014, when he chose to keep public schools open… Continue reading Why Parents Should Have Final Say About All Aspects of School Choice – Even the Weather

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Retro is Chic in NYC: De Blasio’s School Budget Privileges Bureaucracy Over Kids

When Mayor Mike Bloomberg hired Joel Klein as his School Chancellor in 2002, one of their first initiatives, Klein recalls in Lessons of Hope: How to Fix Our Schools, was to dismantle the “sclerotic, politically-controlled bureaucracy” at the Department of Education’s central office, which Bloomberg labeled a “rinky-dink candy store” and a “disgrace.” Klein quickly… Continue reading Retro is Chic in NYC: De Blasio’s School Budget Privileges Bureaucracy Over Kids

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Learning With My Son At A NYC Charter School with Zest, Grit, and Determination

Here I am again, tip-tapping away in a corridor of KIPP Infinity Elementary Charter School (KIES) in Harlem, throwing up peace signs and greetings to students and staff alike. I know it’s been awhile since I’ve blogged and, to tell you the truth, I’ve missed it. Let’s go back to the beginning, my first blog,… Continue reading Learning With My Son At A NYC Charter School with Zest, Grit, and Determination

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Dear Hillary: Have Some Chicken Soup and Reconsider Your Charter School Stance

  Hillary Clinton’s remarks on charter schools during this interminable campaign season seem to have hit that not-so-sweet spot of disappointing everyone. Supporters of alternative public schools, which primarily serve low-income and minority youngsters, were angered by her response to Roland Martin when she claimed that “ most charters “don’t take the hardest-to-teach kids, or,… Continue reading Dear Hillary: Have Some Chicken Soup and Reconsider Your Charter School Stance

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Why Did I Choose KIPP Infinity Elementary School in Harlem?

Let me explain. I am a single mom raising an intelligent radical-thinking boy. For me there were two factors in choosing the best school for my son. The first was location and the second was resources and supportive services. In 2011 the UFT and charter schools, let’s just say to my understanding at the time, were… Continue reading Why Did I Choose KIPP Infinity Elementary School in Harlem?