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Hey, Specialized High Schools, My Latino Kid Is Also Smart

Milena Prinzi | Posted 03.31.2016 | Latino Voices
Milena Prinzi

As alarming as this might sound, these numbers aren't new. What's really causing the great divide? Is it the lack of resources, information or motivation from the minorities? Let's find out.

Losing Ground, But Not Because of Language

Josmar Trujillo | Posted 10.30.2016 | Education
Josmar Trujillo

There are terrible charters, to be sure, but there are also those that are winning people over. So I wasn't surprised that there was a strong show of force of families marching under the charter banner.

Toward a Fairer Admissions Process

William Lynch III | Posted 09.07.2014 | New York
William Lynch III

New York City's specialized high schools, all unionized public schools, are some of the leading academic institutions of their kind anywhere. However, the current admissions process is shortchanging people of color, among others.

Mom Outraged After Education Department Allegedly Calls Daughter 'Overweight'

The Huffington Post | Rebecca Klein | Posted 05.23.2014 | Parents

Elementary school student Gwendolyn Williams is definitely not the typical face of childhood obesity, but the New York City Department of Education al...

Green Infrastructure: The Design Element (Part II)

Adrian Benepe | Posted 11.25.2013 | Green
Adrian Benepe

These hyper-performing landscapes are tiny by park standards, but they bring beauty to formerly barren corners, serve as mini habitats for insects and birds, and most of all, soak up storm water.

The Global Search for Education: Campus Talk

C. M. Rubin | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
C. M. Rubin

"Campus" is a professional seminar for all New York City public school teachers that will be held this Saturday, May 4th, with the aim of allowing experts on a diverse range of topics to share perspectives with educators on recent developments in their spheres.

'Twas the Night Before State Tests...

Leonisa Ardizzone | Posted 06.16.2013 | Parents
Leonisa Ardizzone

I told my daughter that from the first moment I began teaching, I knew that the tests were unjust and I despised them. My disgust with them has only grown with each passing year.

City Targets 17 Schools for Closure

| Posted 01.08.2013 | New York

By Jill Colvin, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer NEW YORK CITY — Seventeen schools have been placed on the chopping block for sub-par performance, Depar...

At Least 34 Students Injured In Pepper Spray Incident

| Posted 10.17.2012 | New York

By Ben Fractenberg, Joe Parziale SOUTH OZONE PARK — At least 34 students were injured, including 11 who were hospitalized, when a young student a...

NYC Still Paying $22 Million For Teachers In 'Rubber Rooms'

Posted 10.16.2012 | New York

The city and teachers' union may have agreed to shut down the usage of "rubber rooms" -- reassignment centers for educators awaiting discipline hearin...

96% Of Students Arrested In NYC Schools Are Black Or Latino

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 08.15.2012 | New York

A new report conducted by the NYCLU and released on Monday reveals the NYPD arrested 882 students in 2011. Ninety-six percent of students arrested...

Why Would Any Sane Person Want to Teach?

Steve Nelson | Posted 05.05.2012 | Education
Steve Nelson

The latest skirmish in the education wars came as the New York Times published performance rankings for New York City public school teachers. Teachers don't need metrics-driven scolding. They need small classes, professional development and moral support.

Who I Am and What's On My Mind

Peter Zucker | Posted 04.06.2012 | Education
Peter Zucker

This is a big step for me. For too long, except here on the HuffPost, I have lived in the world of anonymity, or better yet, using a pseudonym. I feel...

Claire Gordon

Toxic Classrooms: Will NYC Schools Get Rid Of PCBs? | Claire Gordon | Posted 12.13.2011 | Education

At the end of the 2010-2011 school year, Michelle Chapman's 10-year-old daughter started complaining about headaches and fatigue. Her symptoms stopped...

Revamping Sex Education: A New Approach to the Birds and the Bees

Richard Buery | Posted 12.06.2011 | New York
Richard Buery

New York City should consider a more comprehensive initiative that takes into account all aspects of a young person's growth and development, not solely strategies associated with understanding and reducing sexual risk-taking.

Why 8,000 Eighth-Grade NYC Students Don't Have High School Placements Yet

Michele Somerville | Posted 06.04.2011 | Education
Michele Somerville

We don't need more "selective" or "elite" schools. We need good, safe, solid, diverse high schools for every young person in the system.

City Penalizes Principals Who Save Money With Exorbitant Tax

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

With big cuts in education funding expected next year, many principals have tucked away rainy day funds. Under a new city policy, principals who save...

Black Fights For School Funds, Cuomo Insists Layoffs Unnecessary

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Cathie Black has experienced what may be her first successful public outing as chancellor. Yesterday the chancellor went to Albany to convince lawma...

When 'Failing' Schools Close and Whiter, Brighter Schools Open

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michele Somerville

The matter of school closings is complex and polarizing. Evidence suggests the only solution to the problem of "failing" (DOE speak for "black and Latino") schools is to open new, small schools.

Cathie Black Heckled (Again) As 12 Schools Close

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Everywhere she goes, it seems, Cathie Black is followed by throngs of devoted detractors who "boo" and jeer her at every opportunity. Early Friday ...

Panel Votes To Shutter 10 Schools During Raucous Meeting

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

UPDATE: NY1 has video! Schools Chancellor Cathie Black, after hours of sitting on the podium saying nothing, chimed in at around 1AM. "I cannot speak ...

Bloomberg's Secret Plan To Fire Bad Teachers

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Seniority might not save poorly performing New York City teachers from getting axed. With substantial teacher layoffs seeming inevitable, the Bloom...

Student Play Censored for Being Critical of NYC's School Closure Policy

Brian Pickett | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Brian Pickett

As an educator -- seeing students engage with a classical text, making direct connections to their own lives and the politics of the times we live in -- it doesn't get any better than this.

Another Vague Plan, Part Two: "Professionalizing Teachers"

Leonisa Ardizzone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Leonisa Ardizzone

It is insulting to teachers to say that they need to be professionalized. Especially when many of the professionals who are saying this have never been teachers themselves.

Another Vague Plan: A Manifesto without Teeth

Leonisa Ardizzone | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Leonisa Ardizzone

I finally made it through my backlogged reading pile to read the "Manifesto" by Joel Klein, Michelle Rhee et al. that appeared in the Washington Post in October, and I am completely underwhelmed. This is a manifesto?