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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?

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“The Crazy Team for the Crazy Kids”: A New Charter School Thrives on Staten Island

People said we were crazy when we applied to start John W. Lavelle Prep Charter in Staten Island.   It was a college prep middle school that would cater to students with emerging mental health challenges.  There were no other models to look at in New York, and these kids often faced immense challenges.  This is… Continue reading “The Crazy Team for the Crazy Kids”: A New Charter School Thrives on Staten Island

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“Don’t give up. It will get better. Just keep trying”: A Twelve-Year-Old’s Latina’s Support System Is Her Parents

Much is written about access, equity, and excellence. But very little is written about dedication, perseverance, and the willingness to succeed, as well as how parental encouragement helps students achieve academic success. Are we creating a weak society where everything gets blamed on the powers that be? Are we creating a society where very little… Continue reading “Don’t give up. It will get better. Just keep trying”: A Twelve-Year-Old’s Latina’s Support System Is Her Parents

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NYC Schools, Says Chancellor Fariña, Are “Not Welcoming ESL Students”: How to Tame the “Wild West?”

At a town hall meeting in Dyker Heights two weeks ago, NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña “expressed dismay,” according to the Bensonhurst Bean, that some traditional district schools are “not welcoming ESL students and instead telling them to go to another school.” It’s gratifying to hear the Chancellor approach this issue with honesty and compassion. So… Continue reading NYC Schools, Says Chancellor Fariña, Are “Not Welcoming ESL Students”: How to Tame the “Wild West?”