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A Bed-Stuy Public High School's Big Night at the Museum

Cody Lyon | Posted 07.08.2015 | New York
Cody Lyon

"What does the skull say to you,?" asked Justin, a New York City high school student. "It's got some hair coming down over his eye, it looks evil and scary," answered a middle aged man.

Desegregation and the Highway of Justice: How Segregated, Under-resourced Schools Are Failing Children

Eric Cooper | Posted 03.25.2015 | Education
Eric Cooper

New York City has extraordinarily segregated neighborhoods and radically unequal educational opportunities for its black children. Segregated housing patterns ensure that most black students attend poorly resourced public schools, while schools in predominantly white, wealthy neighborhoods have the resources to help children succeed.

Astoria Characters: The Soloist

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 03.21.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

Why? Even for Yomar Ramirez, who is an introspective woman, it's not always easy to come up with a simple, satisfying answer. Sometimes it's better to shrug and go on, which is what she does.

Education Sets the Table for Healthy Eating in School

Pam Koch | Posted 12.22.2014 | New York
Pam Koch

We would like to see the percentage of schools with NEPs double by 2020, so that most NYC school children, particularly those in the highest-needs schools, have access to education that helps them build healthy futures.

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.

Waiting For Environmental Justice to Come

David A. Love | Posted 09.01.2014 | Black Voices
David A. Love

Environmental toxins and pollutants know no class or race, and yet government policies and corporate activities place an undue burden on the health of the poor and communities of color.

Muslim Is the New Catholic

Khurram Dara | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Khurram Dara

Islamic terrorism is, undoubtedly, a serious threat. "Islamization" of our country by American Muslims, who make up less than 1 percent of the population, is not.

Public School Apartheid in Harlem

Allison Fine | Posted 07.07.2014 | Education
Allison Fine

At some point, we tacitly consented to the notion that providing only 20 percent of the children in Harlem, those that win the lottery and go to charter schools, with adequate teachers, equipment and food, is a morally acceptable public policy.

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.

Sending Teachers Back to Class

TNTP | Posted 04.20.2014 | Education
TNTP

The ATR pool and its steep price tag isn't new -- my organization first wrote about it more than six years ago -- and virtually everyone agrees that the city should stop paying teachers not to teach. The trickier question is how exactly to close the ATR pool.

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

Who Will Lead The Nation's Largest School District?

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 11.06.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- The outcome of Tuesday's mayoral election may be largely a foregone conclusion, as Public Advocate Bill de Blasio (D) is expected to troun...

Joy Resmovits

Obama Visit To New York Tech School Highlights Battle Over Closings

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 10.29.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- President Barack Obama's visit on Friday to a Brooklyn public school operated in partnership with IBM puts him, perhaps unwittingly, in th...

Bored-o-Ed: An Educator's Plan for Making the NYC Public Schools Work

Michele Somerville | Posted 11.23.2013 | New York
Michele Somerville

If I could change one thing alone, I would change this: Currently New York City Public School students have physical education twice a week.

Joy Resmovits

Anthony Weiner's First Mayoral Debate

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 05.29.2013 | Politics

NEW YORK -- Anthony Weiner, the son of a former public school teacher, said his views on education run "deep in my bones." Fresh off the announcem...

Nursery School Relics

Anna Sandler | Posted 07.23.2013 | Parents
Anna Sandler

All these things were in Molly's nursery school classroom day in and day out, and of course, amongst the bustle of a hurried pick-up on the way to a dentist appointment, were the most mundane things in the world. Now, they became instantly, and overwhelmingly, touching.

In Education, Solutions Should Celebrate -- Not Remediate

Eric Cooper | Posted 07.08.2013 | Black Voices
Eric Cooper

Schools remain our greatest hope -- the central function of any community. When working effectively, schools enable and empower the branches, mechanisms and policies of social networks to extend opportunity, simple justice and basic fairness.

New York City To Test Longer School Days

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 04.30.2013 | New York

The end of summer will be extra bittersweet for some New York City middle school students, who will be greeted in September with a school day 2.5 hour...

Can We Move Past Market-oriented "Reforms" to Policies That Actually Work?

Elaine Weiss | Posted 06.22.2013 | DC
Elaine Weiss

Instead of results, we have gotten rhetoric, and our children have fallen further behind. It is time we adopt policy solutions that match the depth and complexity of the problems and address them head on.

Spotlight on School Safety

Christine C. Quinn | Posted 06.14.2013 | New York
Christine C. Quinn

We recognize the devastating impact that arrests and suspensions can have on young people, that's why today, the City Council is holding a hearing that will focus on alternatives designed to keep schools safe while at the same time reducing arrests or suspensions in schools.

Cathy Guerriero NYC Public Advocate Candidate: Unfiltered and Driven

Melani Robinson | Posted 03.21.2013 | New York
Melani Robinson

Think Melanie Griffith's character in Working Girl except with a Ph.D. Cathy Guerriero, candidate for the office of Public Advocate for the City of New York, is determined to win. Born in Brooklyn and raised on Staten Island -- she may reside in Manhattan but her blue-collar roots are deep.

Bloomberg to Children of Color: Life's Not Fair, Get Over It

David R. Jones, Esq. | Posted 05.20.2013 | New York
David R. Jones, Esq.

Of the 5,229 students accepted to the city's eight Specialized High Schools this year, only 618 were black or Hispanic, a decline of nearly 16 percent in one year alone.

Sharpton and Walcott to Tackle Health Disparities in New York City

Marcus Bright | Posted 05.04.2013 | New York
Marcus Bright

The health disparities in New York State are staggering. In response, Education for a Better America will partner with the National Action Network and the New York City Department of Education on a health and wellness initiative that will focus on health, education and an active lifestyle.

The Civil Rights Wrong of Blaming The Elite High School Admission Test

Michael Meyers | Posted 01.26.2013 | Black Voices
Michael Meyers

I dissent from this guilt premised on racial condescension and its inculcation of double standards in the guise of coming to the aid of "culturally disadvantaged" minority group black and Hispanic students who are under-represented at the elite high schools.

Students In Displaced Schools Can Attend Nearest One They Can Get To

Posted 11.09.2012 | Education

New York City public school students whose schools were displaced due to Hurricane Sandy can now enroll in the nearest school they can get to, the NYC...