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Educating for Democracy: What If All Schools Were Charter

Joel Shatzky | Posted 08.07.2015 | Education
Joel Shatzky

I wonder what this eminent thinker would have to say about someone who not only repeats the same flawed procedure but then expands on it. That is what Governor Bobby Jindal of Louisiana is doing by increasing the number of charter schools state-wide after turning over all the district schools in New Orleans to charter managers.

Educating for Demoracy: A Lesson From Russia

Joel Shatzky | Posted 07.26.2015 | Politics
Joel Shatzky

Democracy is not just a one-way street. It must try to serve those it governs the best way it can. "The Fool" knows this but unless the civic-minded are recognized as "The Wise," we are in danger of becoming a society run almost exclusively for the rich.

Verizon and the NY State Public Service ('Captured') Commission

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 07.05.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

"Regulatory Capture" is when an industry takes over the regulatory agency that is supposed to be doing oversight of the companies' business practices and is supposed to be protecting the Public Interest.

5 Ways Nail Salon Workers are Winning: Victory in New York State Legislature

Charlene Obernauer | Posted 06.19.2015 | New York
Charlene Obernauer

As the New York State legislative session extends indefinitely, nail salon workers and advocates are celebrating perhaps the biggest victory for low-wage workers this legislative session.

Albany Gets "F" for Failing to Protect Tenants

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 06.17.2015 | New York
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

This week's expiration of rent regulations shows just how anti-tenant the state legislature remains, putting over one million apartments at risk for unreasonable rate increases.

Juvenile Justice Reform in NY State: Raise the Age

Catharine Hill | Posted 06.16.2015 | New York
Catharine Hill

As educators, we understand the benefits of letting young people learn from their mistakes. By incarcerating them as adults, we set them on a path that makes further education almost impossible, condemns them to a dismal future and costs society significantly more than evidence-based diversion practices.

Verizon New York Lost $2.5 Billion in Just 2014, and that Might be the Good News

Bruce Kushnick | Posted 06.05.2015 | Business
Bruce Kushnick

Verizon New York's Annual Report for 2014 has just come out and it is a page turner. Let me start with some facts and then answer two questions -- How did Verizon New York lose billions in 2014? Isn't FiOS, Verizon's fiber optic service, profitable?

New York Parents to Call for Time Out on Gov. Cuomo's Education Reforms

Liam Robb O'Hagan | Posted 05.28.2015 | New York
Liam Robb O'Hagan

On Friday, the PTA Council in the Mamaroneck Unified School District, in suburban Westchester County, New York, is asking parents at the District's four elementary schools to stage a sit-in after morning drop off.

Open Letter to the State Legislature: Time to Act on Restoring Trust in New York's Criminal Justice System

Andrew M. Cuomo | Posted 05.18.2015 | New York
Andrew M. Cuomo

Under my proposal, the district attorneys are given the benefit of the doubt and are not superseded until a reason exists that suggests bias or wrongdoing. However, I would also reform the grand jury system to increase transparency by mandating that in such cases, there is public disclosure of the district attorneys instructions to the grand jury as to which charges they should consider.

Privatizing Clean Energy Development Is Putting Lipstick on a Pig

J. Mijin Cha | Posted 05.07.2015 | Green
J. Mijin Cha

With news that global carbon dioxide emissions have reached record levels, the need to switch to a low-carbon economy is more urgent than ever. However, the urgency of this crisis does not absolve us of the responsibility to move forward in a just, sustainable way.

Re-Claiming a Moral Profession in Unethical Times

Colin Schumacher | Posted 06.26.2015 | Education
Colin Schumacher

In these dire times of unethical decision-making by policy makers, it's important that teachers remain grounded in moral principles that have proven timeless in preserving the promise of public education. It has been painfully evident that union leadership has settled for political maneuvering rather than unwavering principle.

Which States Could Benefit Most From Governor Cuomo's Student Debt Relief Plan?

Stephen Dash | Posted 06.20.2015 | Politics
Stephen Dash

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently proposed a plan to provide two years of loan payments for graduates of New York colleges who remain in the state earning their degree and make less than $50,000 per year.

SIF - Pay for Success: Keeping the Momentum Going

Deborah De Santis | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

As we work to advance proven solutions, transformations in government services, and cost-effective results improving the lives of those who desperately need supportive housing, Pay for Success is keeping the momentum going.

Educating for Democracy: High School Graduation Rates and Critical Thinking

Joel Shatzky | Posted 04.04.2015 | Education
Joel Shatzky

The discrepancies between rising graduation rates and declining thinking skills are indications that there is something profoundly wrong with the education-evaluation system, which is supposed to measure achievement but can be manipulated to create a false impression of success.

Doubling Down on New York's Education

TNTP | Posted 03.30.2015 | Education

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is back in the news after announcing an ambitious education policy agenda in his recent State of the State address.

Educating for Democracy: Words and Deeds

Joel Shatzky | Posted 03.29.2015 | Education
Joel Shatzky

Having recently read Governor Cuomo's State of the State address proposals for "education reform" I felt as if I was in an educational time warp. Aft...

Remembering Mario Cuomo

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Steve Rosenbaum

It was odd, but out of the blue, I found myself thinking about Mario Cuomo just days before his passing. I've known a lot of politicians in my career, and interviewed many of them. But none has had a stronger and more memorable impact on me than my time with Mario.

Looking to Governor Cuomo: A Legacy on Religion and Public Life

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 03.05.2015 | Politics
Noah Fitzgerel

While some see public office as a pulpit from which to act upon a normative set of religious ideals, the legacy of Governor Cuomo reminds us that others see public office as a means to enable Americans to thrive in their spirituality.

How to Design for Everybody

Rachel Sterne | Posted 03.01.2015 | New York
Rachel Sterne

In the weeks since we launched, governments around the world have asked how we did it. Here's a brief look at our approach to public digital design and what worked for us. We hope it's useful, and look forward to sharing more with governments across the nation and globe.

Local Activism Pays Off

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 02.17.2015 | New York
Marcia G. Yerman

The exciting news just announced that Governor Cuomo will ban fracking in New York State is proof positive that galvanizing the public about the health dangers inherent in the fracking process can move the needle and influence public leaders.

We Can Ban Fracking, New York Paves The Way

Wenonah Hauter | Posted 12.18.2014 | Green
Wenonah Hauter

New York is a bellwether state for fracking nationally, and is the first shale state to take such bold action against fracking. This decision has implications for other states considering fracking like Maryland, Pennsylvania, California and others.

New York State To Ban Fracking

The Huffington Post | James Gerken | Posted 12.18.2014 | Green

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) will ban hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, in his state, officials announced Wednesday. "I will be bound...

Why Is Mayor De Blasio Breaking 4 Promises Within 400 Yards of His Own Home? Part Four: Low-Income Housing

Matthew Chapman | Posted 12.07.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

Yorkville and East Harlem already have some of the worst pollution and highest asthma rates in the city, and now 100 to 500 extra diesel trucks are going to roar through an entirely residential neighborhood to dump their loads in a stinking, two acre, heavy-duty industrial facility in front of public housing.

Why Is Mayor De Blasio Breaking 4 Promises Within 400 Yards of His Own Home? Part Three: Education

Matthew Chapman | Posted 12.05.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

Children are far more sensitive to pollutants than adults. That's why hundreds of doctors signed a petition urging first Bloomberg and now de Blasio not to build a massive garbage site next to an athletic center in Manhattan used by 34,000 city kids.

Why Is Mayor de Blasio Breaking 4 Promises Within 400 Yards of His Own Home -- Part Two

Matthew Chapman | Posted 12.02.2014 | New York
Matthew Chapman

When someone's son or daughter is killed in Yorkville by a garbage truck, it will indeed not be an accident. It will be a predicted and preventable death.