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Why New York Cops Spent Their Workday Playing With Kids

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics

Fifth-graders at Public School 112 in Brooklyn, New York, were handed mock police badges Tuesday morning instead of name tags or gold stars. Rather th...

No Threat Left Behind: New York City Stifles Opt Out

Michael Elliot | Posted 12.16.2015 | Education
Michael Elliot

Whether you are a parent in a "high performing" school with plenty of middle and upper class children or a parent with a child in a "low performing" school with a population weighed down by the stresses of poverty, there is a powerful deterrent custom-made for you when it comes to making the decision of whether or not to allow a child to take the tests.

Countdown to the Solstice: Prevention & Hope in NYC

Janine Francolini | Posted 12.10.2015 | New York
Janine Francolini

While news about the health and education of our children can be daunting and dark at times, let's celebrate these beacons of light and hope for holistic health and prevention.

Open Letter to NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña

Arthur Goldstein | Posted 07.31.2015 | Education
Arthur Goldstein

Of course no one wants bad teachers in front of children. The current system, though, seems to focus on student test scores rather than teacher quality. It seems to minimize teacher voice in favor of some idealized classroom that may or may not exist.

NYCLet'EmPlay And The Small School Chopping Block

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 06.26.2016 | Education
Josmar Trujillo

The 'progressive' mayor and a largely useless city council have largely ignored issues in education -- allowing the PSAL to swallow up the SSAL.

Don't Blame the Test

Elissa Stein | Posted 06.23.2015 | Education
Elissa Stein

There are currently a myriad of issues with NYC's high school system. The SHSAT shouldn't be blamed for them, nor exorcised with the intention that its disappearance would solve serious problems that still need to be addressed.

Waking Up to Our Teenage Sleep Problem

Tom Allon | Posted 12.28.2014 | New York
Tom Allon

There are some problems in society that are irrefutable and also relatively easy to fix. We sometimes fool ourselves by saying that these issues are p...

Turn NYC Co-Located Charters Into Compacts?

Richard Whitmire | Posted 08.05.2014 | Education
Richard Whitmire

New York schools chancellor Carmen Fariña continues to unfold her big vision, which calls for more professional development, more arts, more guidance counselors, more best practices shared between schools -- and returning "joy" to the classroom.

A Ray of Hope: Bureaucratic Disarmament in NYC Schools

Philip K. Howard | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Philip K. Howard

Bureaucracy kills the human spirit. It's that simple. A teacher who is forced to trudge through mindless protocols cannot possibly be enthusiastic. Inspiring students is impossible when the teacher is forced to act like a bureaucratic robot.

NYC Arts High School Picks Tests over Talent

Alan Singer | Posted 06.28.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

How does New York City justify keeping talented Black and Latino students out of its talent schools where they are promised academic support. As the dance program teachers at LaGuardia High School claimed, this is "discrimination, pure and simple."

Chancellor Carmen Fariña: First 100 Days at the Helm of NYC Public Schools

Vicki Cobb | Posted 06.15.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

Carmen Fariña, Mayor DeBlasio's choice for Chancellor of the NY City Public Schools, may be small in stature but she has big dreams and a hugely ambitious agenda for the nation's largest public school system.

Only 7 Black Students Were Admitted To One Of NYC's Top Specialized Schools This Year

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 03.13.2014 | Black Voices

It seems New York City’s specialized schools continue to have a problem when it comes to admitting minority students. According to city's Departm...

I Am My Brother's Keeper: Why We Must Change the Code

William Lynch III | Posted 05.03.2014 | Education
William Lynch III

A cornerstone of the school-to-prison pipeline has been overly punitive school discipline codes, with disciplinary action applied disproportionately to people of color.

Mayor Slammed For Decision To Keep Schools Open

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 02.13.2014 | Green

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña came under fire for their decision to keep public schools open amid a heavy s...

Is This The 'Worst School' In New York City?

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.25.2014 | New York

Reports of what the New York Post dubbed the “city’s worst school” has parents and education advocates around the country fuming mad. The Pos...

Goodbye Mayor Mike, Hello Bill and Carmen

Alan Singer | Posted 03.08.2014 | New York
Alan Singer

Will de Blasio/Fariña schools be substantially different from Bloomberg/Klein/Walcott schools? As Randy Newman sings in the opening to every show in the Monk detective series, "I may be wrong now, but I don't think so!"

9 Things You Should Know About The New Head Of NYC's School System

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

After months of speculation, New York City mayor-elect Bill de Blasio (D) announced his pick for the position of schools chancellor on Monday morning....

Joy Resmovits

NYC School Chancellor Pick Not Entirely A Departure From Bloomberg Years

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

NEW YORK -- Standing in front of 20 fidgety kids in a middle school gymnasium Monday, New York City Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio (D) announced what he c...

Joy Resmovits

The Next Leader Of The Nation's Largest School System

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York

NEW YORK -- With just days before he begins his term as New York City's new mayor, Bill de Blasio (D) on Monday named longtime educator Carmen Fariña...