A new state law requires the city either to provide free space or pay rent for a charter school to occupy another space. However, we should not allow this encroachment on our already severely crunched public school space.
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?
I am continually impressed with the dedication, creativity and energy many of my kids' teachers bring to their work. I am frankly amazed at the things my kids know. But if I had to choose the one teacher in my son's life most deserving of a lifetime achievement award, I'd pick Roy Nathanson.
We can start making real progress when the theorists stop squandering so much of our energy and resources on silver bullets like NCLB and Common Core testing. Let's just hope that the N.Y. experience prompts some reality-based reflections by school "reformers."
This past September, New York's public schools introduced a new discipline code keeping in line with an emerging federal policy initiative that seeks to reduce the "disparate" rate of minority incarceration in this country.