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No Threat Left Behind: New York City Stifles Opt Out

Michael Elliot | Posted 12.16.2016 | Education
Michael Elliot

Whether you are a parent in a "high performing" school with plenty of middle and upper class children or a parent with a child in a "low performing" school with a population weighed down by the stresses of poverty, there is a powerful deterrent custom-made for you when it comes to making the decision of whether or not to allow a child to take the tests.

Chancellor Carmen Fariña: First 100 Days at the Helm of NYC Public Schools

Vicki Cobb | Posted 06.15.2014 | Education
Vicki Cobb

Carmen Fariña, Mayor DeBlasio's choice for Chancellor of the NY City Public Schools, may be small in stature but she has big dreams and a hugely ambitious agenda for the nation's largest public school system.

New York Public Schools Will Celebrate Eid

Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion

Muslim families in New York City have been requesting official recognition for Islamic holidays in public schools for years now, but they may finally ...

Jonathan Hollander's Battery Dance Company 38 Years Later

Jim Luce | Posted 10.18.2013 | Arts
Jim Luce

I've always considered myself fortunate to meet the people who are doing big things--positively impacting lives in meaningful ways. Recently I met a ...

City Parent

Sally Lee | Posted 07.24.2013 | Black Voices
Sally Lee

As a Native New Yorker, black daughter of an interracial marriage, and a... uh ...member(?) of an interracial marriage, I like to think I will raise my sons to feel as comfortable with diversity as my husband and I do.

In NYC, Rhetoric vs. Reality

Eric Lerum | Posted 07.23.2013 | New York
Eric Lerum

There is still much work to be done -- but there is no doubt the city's education system is on a better path because of the leadership of the past decade. Students and families in New York City -- and everywhere -- deserve a real debate on the issues.

Leave the Kids Out of the Picture

Amanda Kraus | Posted 03.27.2013 | Education
Amanda Kraus

In his NYT piece, Al Baker highlights one of the most problematic components of this issue: the glaring disparity between the racial breakdown of general education classes and G&T classes.

Hurricane Sandy's School Lessons

Marc Epstein | Posted 01.20.2013 | Education
Marc Epstein

The fact that hundreds of thousands of students are now riding long distances on an overtaxed aged mass transit system isn't even a consideration for a mayor who claims to be at the forefront of the Green Movement.

Politics and Education in Brooklyn: Not So Strange Bedfellows

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.29.2012 | Education
Michele Somerville

One of Bloomberg's biggest mistakes is that he threw money at problems when he should have been throwing intelligence at them.

Lucas Kavner

Will Smith Tells High Schoolers The Secret To His Career | Lucas Kavner | Posted 05.24.2012 | Home

NEW YORK -- The Hayden Planetarium at Manhattan's Natural History Museum has been home to many famous voices over the last decade. Tom Hanks, Liam...

Bringing Diversity to New York City's Specialized High Schools

John C. Liu | Posted 05.30.2012 | New York
John C. Liu

We need to build on the great foundation we have in New York City and pour our energy and resources into our public schools, because they are the key to spreading prosperity.

What the Bloomberg Administration Seems to Forget

Gail Robinson | Posted 05.01.2012 | New York
Gail Robinson

As they have sought to remake the nation's largest public school system, New York City officials have portrayed their efforts as a civil rights struggle. But despite such rhetoric, the city has created an obstacle course for its students.

Mayor 13 Percent Failed Me

Jazmine Miller | Posted 03.24.2012 | New York
Jazmine Miller

You often hear the Department of Education brag about our improved graduation rates in NYC. But what good does it do to graduate more students if only a handful of them are prepared for the future?

"These Kids Don't Have a Shot"

Alan Singer | Posted 01.17.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

It is time to hold Bloomberg and the DOE for failing our children and orphaning our schools. As Meryl Tisch recently made clear, if it is let up to the Bloomberg administration, "these kids don't have a shot."

There Are No Black Children Here

Rebecca Carroll | Posted 08.06.2012 | Black Voices
Rebecca Carroll

Like most New Yorkers, my husband and I knew that finding an appropriate school for our son was not going to be a cakewalk. Negotiating the New York City school system is practically a rite of passage for parents who live here. But while most parents seek a school that satisfies traditional criteria such as high test scores and general academic achievement, I had an additional standard in mind as we explored nearly two dozen schools: I wanted to find a school for my son where he would would have peers and mentors who are black.

New York Matters: Mayoral Control and Denial

John C. Fager | Posted 11.01.2011 | Education
John C. Fager

What happens in the NYC school system has national implications because the city has been a testing ground for so-called new reforms. It is important for the nation to know that this past year was a very disillusioning one.

Making Evaluations Matter

Grace Snodgrass | Posted 08.07.2011 | New York
Grace Snodgrass

I've been working with Education 4 Excellence's policy team to come up with recommendations for how teachers should be evaluated. We believe our proposed evaluation system is fair to teachers and students alike.

Move Over Teachers: It's Time to Blame the Parents

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 07.23.2011 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

Don't we have enough scapegoats? And isn't it time we focused on engaging, rather than alienating parents?

Making A Real Difference In Public Education

The Huffington Post | Julia Steers | Posted 07.19.2011 | Impact

Marc Rosenbaum enjoyed a successful career as a dentist, but remained unfulfilled. As he thought back to his childhood, he realized he was taught...

Fewer Blacks, Hispanics Admitted To Top Public Schools

Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

They're public schools, but not everyone can get in. Increasingly, fewer and fewer African-American and Hispanic students are being admitted to New Y...

WATCH: Anne Hathaway Visits, Invites NYC Public School Choir To Oscars

Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment

Anne Hathaway is hosting the Academy Awards this year -- and she's got way more than just one date. The 'Love and Other Drugs' star, who is hosting t...

NYC Pushes To Fire Melissa Petro, Teacher Who Blogged About Craigslist Sex Work

Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

In September 2010, New York City art teacher Melissa Petro wrote a blog post on HuffPost about her time working as a prostitute using Craigslist's adu...

The Cinderella Story Of New York City's Best Public High School

TakePart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education

The Fordham section of the Bronx is plagued by poverty, drugs and urban decay. The odds are stacked against children who attend Fordham's underfunded ...

Killing Me Softly: The Slow Steady Demise of New York's Great High Schools

Marc Epstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Marc Epstein

The beginning of the end came, in New York, as in most other urban school systems, as a result of the unintended consequences of busing to achieve integration.

Inspiring, Student-Centered Educational Communities

Donna Nevel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Donna Nevel

I am a great admirer of two educational communities in New York City -- the Bloomingdale Family Program and the Julia Richman Education Complex.