If the incoming mayor really means to narrow achievement gaps, he or she must increase access to early childhood education, parenting supports, health and nutrition programs, and after-school and summer enrichment programs.
The volume of conversation about education has increased over the last few years, but what's often lost are the very real stories of the young people whose lives are impacted and the people and programs that are beating the odds.
Proposed new standards neatly encapsulate a decade of independent research: in order to truly benefit kids, after-school program activities should be based on planned and sequenced curricula that support specific learning and developmental goals.
Last week, Chris Romer said he wants to "make sure we put sports back into middle schools." This surprised me, because I had just watched my son, who plays on his DPS middle-school baseball team, lose badly.
In March, NY adopted a budget where a $10 billion budget shortfall was closed by cuts in education, health, and human services. These cuts will have profoundly negative effects on NY's most vulnerable citizens.
There's more than one way to expand the school day so that kids make academic gains, engage more deeply in school and develop the resiliency they need to persist through high school and college graduation.