Recently, New York's Governor Cuomo announced he will establish a mandatory $15 minimum wage for all state workers. New York has one of the largest in...
Nowhere can you vote that Common Core Standards aligned with high-stakes testing have undermined education in New York State, stressed out students and teachers, turned curriculum development over to test design companies, and transformed schools into test prep academies.
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On November 12, 2015, the St.Tammany Parish School Board (Louisiana) voted unanimously to discontinue its employee payroll deduction campaign for the United Way. Included in the concern that United Way had become "too political" was the national organization's decision to actively promote the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).
A sustainable economy need not be defined by limits, but by opportunity. The nature of consumption will change, but will not be reduced. All wastes will need to be reused. All energy will need to be renewable. The way we live will change, but it may well be better.
Though Brown and Cuomo have been celebrated as climate leaders, both are still missing the mark in critical ways when it comes to leaving dirty fossil fuels in the ground.
All levels of government should adopt requirements making it clear housing that benefits from government funding cannot be denied to those with a criminal justice history unless there is a legitimate public safety reason for doing so.
There are vestigial signs of an awareness that more of the same failed Republican economics will not win the election. The Donald particularly, and the Jeb a little, are beginning to talk about ending the carried interest tax break for hedge fund guys.
There have been decades of decline and a parade of politicians promising help that never materialized. It's hard to believe in the future again after so much disappointment. On the other hand, the evidence of rebirth is overwhelming and economic optimism is necessary to make revitalization possible.
In 2010, New York City's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH) quietly cut the most important and effective tool we have to end the AIDS epidemic --namely, HIV testing.
After months of threatening that high student opt-out rates on high-stakes Common Core-aligned standardized tests would cause school districts to lose federal and state aid, the threats have evaporated.
In 2015 it moved from the political margins and emerged as a full-scale social movement committed to the idea that education should be about children, not testing. States have not yet abandoned Common Core and Race to the Top mandated high-stakes testing, but as the Opt-Out movement continues to grow and its pace of growth continues to accelerate, I believe they will.
The old paradigm of having a talk with our daughters -- which of course we should continue to do -- is not a solution to this epidemic. Not to overstate the obvious; but college women aren't doing the raping!
I am becoming increasingly concerned that New York's Mayor may be losing touch with the normally genial, coalition-building side of his persona. His behavior of late could cost the City in the future.
We applaud Gov. Cuomo for temporarily instituting a special prosecutor to investigate tragedies like Raynette Turner's death. But we find it necessary to highlight a glaring question: Is it reasonable to keep a visibly sick mother of eight in jail for two days because she allegedly stole food?
This will work out to a total of about 10 minutes for each candidate over the life of the show. Sounds more like an extended high school musical audition than any sort of serious effort to identify the policy proposals and positions, and test the temperament, of the persons now seeking the presidency on the GOP side.