One of my four children has multiple disabilities because of a genetic mutation called Fragile X Syndrome and, while we’ve had disputes with our local school district, Jonah’s assorted services—speech and occupational therapy, modified course content and instruction, vocational training—always take place during the school day. Not so in one of the poorest sections of… Continue reading A Dead Canary in Hunts Point: “Vouchers” Instead of Special Education Services
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!
Charter schools are a controversial topic in New York City, although their supporters range from wealthy Wall Street contributors to middle-class parents looking for a more rigorous academic environment to underserved families desperate to escape their local, failing public schools. They also face opposition from all three demographics, proving that they’re an issue whose base… Continue reading Does Donald Trump’s Support for Choice Have to Be Bad for Charter Schools?