The Bronx-based groups argue that harsh and punitive disciplinary measures that remove children from the classroom for minor incidents only exacerbate the problem of school pushout, and differentially impact youth of color.
Student protests across the nation are indicators of the rising youth discontent within American public schools and they demand our attention. We as parents, teachers, and community members should support students in their need for more civic engagement in public education standards.
Children's Aid will be expanding its reach and implementing best practices codified over many years when it opens its first community charter school in the Morrisania section of the South Bronx in August 2012.
By refusing the church's latest appeal in Bronx Household of Faith v. NYC Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court gave a green light to the DOE's controversial ban on renting schools for religious services.
Teachers need to be freed from short-term accountability and evaluative calculations riddled with error. Principals should be able to make decisions without worrying about their marginal impact on meaningless distinctions between data points.
It seems that Steinbrenner's management style, tossing money at the problems and blaming other people for your failures, is alive and well in Mayor Michael Bloomberg's New York City Department of education.
The Department of Education's arbitrary decision to cut in half the small percentage that the principals can use to alleviate next year's budget shortfall flies in the face of Bloomberg's sound fiscal management.