New data released by the Census Bureau shows that even though the recession has ended, the city's poverty rate continues to increase, and the gap between the rich and poor is on the rise. Information and communication technology, however, offers signs of hope.
Will we recognize that we cannot incarcerate children at a cost of $210,000 in facilities that display a recidivism rate nearing 90 percent, that we cannot continue to have the largest prison population in the world and that we cannot maintain a school to prison pipeline?
Bill de Blasio knows that public education will suffer if the NYC continues on its present course of privatization, high-stakes testing and closing of neighborhood schools. He understands that churn and disruption are bad for children, bad for families, bad for schools and bad for communities.
More than 40 years ago, before before an NCAA championship and the NBA, I was fortunate that coaches, teachers and family formed a support network around me. TopSpin and other programs like it are helping to ensure that support now exists where it's most needed.