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Righting Wrongs in New York City

Elissa Stein | Posted 04.21.2016 | Home
Elissa Stein

Disenfranchised voters in the city can now look forward to a Board of Elections audit and potential overhaul that is long overdue. NYC students deserve the same.

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

Milena Prinzi | Posted 03.31.2016 | Home
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.

When Smart Kids Finish Last

Elissa Stein | Posted 03.25.2016 | Home
Elissa Stein

When looking at a NYC public school's annual budget, the funding stream that by far supplies the most money is a budget line called Fair Student Funding or FSF. FSF was introduced in 2008 to better meet the needs of individual students.

Giving Kids Choices

Elissa Stein | Posted 03.02.2016 | Home
Elissa Stein

As the parent of two kids at a specialized high school and PTA co-president at Brooklyn Tech, plus someone who's helped dozens of families navigate the high school process over the past couple of years, I have some advice for the DOE that could make a constructive difference going forward.

Choosing Schools in NYC

Elissa Stein | Posted 12.02.2016 | Home
Elissa Stein

This week applications are due for NYC's public high schools (middle schools too) and anxiety is running high.

Educating About Education

Elissa Stein | Posted 10.22.2016 | New York
Elissa Stein

Not all NYC families have computers and can check websites or receive emails. The high school and specialized high school handbooks given to students at the end of seventh grade are thorough but daunting.

The Illusion of Choice

Elissa Stein | Posted 05.04.2015 | Home
Elissa Stein

At the moment 68,000 or so NYC 8th graders are anxiously waiting to find out where they'll be offered seats for high school.

Making Objectivity Unfair

Elissa Stein | Posted 02.14.2015 | Home
Elissa Stein

I know we all have the best intentions of each and every NYC student at heart. And that should be at the basis of every conversation and decision moving forward.

Mr. Mayor, It's Time to Take Racism Out of the Equation

Elissa Stein | Posted 02.05.2015 | Home
Elissa Stein

Instead of changing an admissions policy that rewards hard work and preparation to a process that is subjective and that could be manipulated, how about putting systems in place to get kids ready? Provide test prep to those who don't have access. Share information with families early.

How To Best Reform America's Education System

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 11.17.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Former New York City chancellor of education Joel Klein says the U.S. school system needs a serious makeover, and he has some strong opinions about ho...

An Open Letter to NYC's Mayor

Elissa Stein | Posted 12.28.2014 | Home
Elissa Stein

Why are you messing with NYC's specialized high schools -- a part of our educational system that actually works pretty well, instead of focusing on things that don't?

Taking a Break From the Negative

Elissa Stein | Posted 12.23.2014 | Home
Elissa Stein

Academic rigor is alive and well in NYC. The city's goal should be bringing that to more children rather than taking opportunities away from others.

Defining Objectivity

Elissa Stein | Posted 11.30.2014 | New York
Elissa Stein

While much is being said in the media about the diversity discrepancies in specialized high schools, no one's saying that the test itself is at fault. So why are the mayor, the chancellor and the DOE working so hard to change it?

The Problem With Sweeping Reform

Elissa Stein | Posted 11.18.2014 | Home
Elissa Stein

No, the current test is not perfect but, because of its right/wrong structure results are unbiased and objective. There's no room for personal interpretation, favoritism, or different standards for different cultural groups. The mayor wants to change this. But he's on shaky ground.

Fixing What Wasn't Broken

Elissa Stein | Posted 11.04.2014 | Home
Elissa Stein

NYC students headed back to school this morning for a year full of new challenges -- some to new schools, to new teachers, new subjects, new experiences. Unfortunately, one of those experiences will be learning without extra academic support.

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.

Messing with Success

Elissa Stein | Posted 08.16.2014 | Home
Elissa Stein

For many within the system, as well as to those looking in from the outside, New York City's specialized high schools represent the very best of what the city has to offer students and families.

A Case of T.M.A.?

Curtis Chin | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Curtis Chin

Too many kids tragically miss out on a shot at the top-notch education that every last one of them deserves, the kind of education that allows kids to reach their full potential and build better lives. This excellent education for all -- not just for a select few fighting over limited resources -- is what a just, equitable, and globally competitive society must demand.

Let New York City Kids Exercise!

Taina Bien-Aime | Posted 01.08.2013 | New York
Taina Bien-Aime

Parents should put pressure on the DOE to publish a complete inventory of physical education curricula, time and space allocated to physical education classes, along with the number of qualified teachers for each school.

NAACP Alleges Bias At Elite NYC High Schools

Reuters | Posted 11.26.2012 | Home

* Complaint focuses on eight elite public schools * "All that matters is the test" By Jonathan Allen NEW ...

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.

Calling It a Choice Doesn't Make It One

Elissa Stein | Posted 05.04.2012 | Home
Elissa Stein

Last week tens of thousands of New York City public school students received high school offer letters. For almost half of them, dreams came true. But too many others were disappointed, not to mention devastated by the results.

The Case of the Disappearing Black and Latino Student: Race and the Achievement Gap at Smith College and Stuyvesant High School

Richard Buery | Posted 05.02.2012 | New York
Richard Buery

Where you stand on the declining numbers of African Americans at Stuyvesant depends on your answers to two questions. First, do you think the small number of black students is a problem? Second, what should we do about it?

Educating for Democracy: "Gifted and Talented?"

Joel Shatzky | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Joel Shatzky

Since New York's Gifted and Talented programs act as "pipelines" to the more prestigious high schools in the City, I wonder how valid an "entrance exams for infants" can be.