This year there are moments when I'm lost and miserable and struggling with what it means to be an inner-city teacher. For the first time I'd started to wonder if I can go on teaching in the school I love but which is struggling against immense forces it can't control. Had I lost my calling?
In the last couple of weeks, the Archdiocese, as it does nearly every year, released its hit list of schools that it deems expendable come June unless those schools come up with a lot of money and good arguments about why they should not be shuttered.
It is time for Intro 97 to become law, and I look forward to assisting my colleagues in the City Council in their efforts on behalf of this "Paid Sick Leave" legislation. This is the right thing to do.
If Pregones Theater can emerge from the current recession far larger and stronger than they entered it, then why can't every arts organization in America?
All the folks living in the projects in the South Bronx are not suffering like the people living in the high risers in downtown Manhattan.
When a mutually supportive balance is struck between experiential learning driven by students' passions and direct instruction grounded in the skills they need, kids become equally hungry for both.
So, what is new? My school, PS 154 in the Bronx has been slated for closure. Actually a decision has yet to be made, but rather the euphemism, "Early ...
Frustrated by a decade of ineffectual reforms, Bronx students, parents, community advocates and elected officials, including Senator Gustavo Rivera, led a "Walk in Our Children's Shoes" tour of District 9 schools last Wednesday.
I recently talked with Kozol about his new book, the privatization of public schools in the United States, the education policies of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, and the lives of his closest friends in the world -- the children of Fire in the Ashes.
There are far too many low-income workers, attempting to climb toward far too few "good" job openings. So, what can be done?
A crowd of 100 protestors filled the street outside the Bronx's "Hall of Justice" last Thursday at a brief hearing for Richard Haste, the 31-year-old, white narcotics cop who fatally shot Ramarley Graham, an 18-year-old African-American, last February.
Surrounded by barbed wire, with windows spattered with gun shot holes, and rusty old signs declaring "No Guns Beyond this Point," it takes a pure visionary like Majora to see the possibility of transforming this vessel of pain and suffering into a green, sustainable, mixed income housing complex.
Climbing up on a roof during the sultry city summer can be liberating, and it turns out to be a prime place for painting too. Away from the cacophony...
When special needs exist, they are great -- and it is imperative that great institutions such as Institutes of Applied Human Dynamics exist to assist in their care and nurturing.
"My Plate! The New Food Musical Program," an educational production promoting healthy living that Helen Butleroff-Leahy, a former Rockette, has put on 47 times in New York City schools since she first staged it in 2005.
As president of a moderately sized family foundation, I write some 200 checks a year. It gives me pleasure to do this. All our grantees are worthy. Wi...