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What About Middle School?

Julie Slotnik Sturm | Posted 06.28.2015 | New York
Julie Slotnik Sturm

Fifth grade is underway and middle school is the main topic of conversation among parents. Worrying seems to be an Olympic sport but I'm trying not to compete. I tell myself, "My kid is a good student, he'll be fine."

Bored-o-ed: An Educator's Plan for Making NYC Public Schools Work, Part 2

Michele Somerville | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Michele Somerville

Consider the virtuous circle aspect: If teaching in public schools were to become prestigious (again), a higher caliber of college graduates would be drawn to the profession. More intellectual rigor all around would bring up everybody's game.

PHOTOS: Sandy's Destruction At NYC Schools

| Posted 02.27.2013 | New York

By Jill Colvin, DNAinfo Reporter/Producer NEW YORK CITY — Hurricane Sandy ravaged public schools in low-lying areas across the city — and new p...

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...

Teacher Paid $75,000 Livestreams Himself Doing Nothing In 'Rubber Room'

Posted 10.08.2012 | Education

Staten Island teacher Francesco Portelos has been streaming live video of his stint in a pseudo Department of Education “rubber room” as he awaits...

Standardized Testing: The Least We Can Do

Michele Somerville | Posted 06.23.2012 | Education
Michele Somerville

Parents with children at decent schools tend to think that their schools are at least reasonably supportive of their students on test day. Three days ago, I was one such parent.

Should Churches Be Permitted To Worship On Public School Premises?

Michele Somerville | Posted 02.13.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Although we can (and must) draw lines to ensure that schools do not teach religion, endorse religion, permit collective prayer while school is in session, we can no more kick prayer out of schools than we can evict God.

All It Takes Is ONE

Peter Zucker | Posted 11.19.2011 | Education
Peter Zucker

Why do teachers need tenure? Because all it takes is ONE. Just ONE can ruin a career, ruin a life, ruin a family, and ruin a life.

An Open Letter on Behalf of Public School Parents to Chancellor Dennis Walcott

Bill de Blasio | Posted 06.15.2011 | New York
Bill de Blasio

I am a public school parent and I have talked with parents all over our city who are tired of the Department of Education treating them like problems instead of partners.

A New Chancellor With Kindergarten on His C.V.

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 06.12.2011 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

I'd like to believe that Walcott's experience in early childhood, or the "K" of K-12, will make a difference in how he does business.

The New NYC Schools Chancellor Learned All He Needs to Know (to Fix the Schools) in Kindergarten

Michele Somerville | Posted 06.11.2011 | Education
Michele Somerville

If the mayor permits Dennis Walcott to put to good use lessons he learned teaching kindergarten and as a black student in NYC schools, Walcott could wind up deserving an "A" in the class Cathie Black flunked.

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.

How Separate Might Yet Be Made Equal at Millennium High School in Brooklyn

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michele Somerville

The co-location of Millennium Brooklyn in the John Jay building is insult heaped onto years of cumulative injury. Prejudice is never more pernicious than when it imperils the education of children.

Students 'Left Behind' When Teachers Focus On Test Prep, Not Teaching

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michele Somerville

Never have I perused the ELA tests and not found objective errors (grammar, mechanics and typos). Many classroom teachers agree that the ELA tests are often too ambiguously worded

Separate and Nowhere Near Equal in Brooklyn

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Michele Somerville

Good teachers are never the problem. Education hacks are the problem. They go backwards when they should go forward. They crush good teachers.

In Defense of iSchools

Joel Klein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joel Klein

The iSchool, a new high school in SoHo that incorporates technology into everyday learning, encourages students to take an active role in their own education and go beyond what they find in a textbook.