Schools remain our greatest hope -- the central function of any community. When working effectively, schools enable and empower the branches, mechanisms and policies of social networks to extend opportunity, simple justice and basic fairness.
Instead of results, we have gotten rhetoric, and our children have fallen further behind. It is time we adopt policy solutions that match the depth and complexity of the problems and address them head on.
We recognize the devastating impact that arrests and suspensions can have on young people, that's why today, the City Council is holding a hearing that will focus on alternatives designed to keep schools safe while at the same time reducing arrests or suspensions in schools.
Think Melanie Griffith's character in Working Girl except with a Ph.D. Cathy Guerriero, candidate for the office of Public Advocate for the City of New York, is determined to win. Born in Brooklyn and raised on Staten Island -- she may reside in Manhattan but her blue-collar roots are deep.
The health disparities in New York State are staggering. In response, Education for a Better America will partner with the National Action Network and the New York City Department of Education on a health and wellness initiative that will focus on health, education and an active lifestyle.
I dissent from this guilt premised on racial condescension and its inculcation of double standards in the guise of coming to the aid of "culturally disadvantaged" minority group black and Hispanic students who are under-represented at the elite high schools.
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.
Schools serve an important function after a disaster such as Hurricane Sandy; they provide a sense of normalcy amid chaos. As much as I have tried to embrace the slow life of this past week, there was a definite feeling that something was amiss.
New York City's efforts to fire half the staffs at 24 struggling schools took another turn last week -- and like everything that has happened in the last six months at these schools, the latest twist seems unlikely to help the students.
"My Plate! The New Food Musical Program," an educational production promoting healthy living that Helen Butleroff-Leahy, a former Rockette, has put on 47 times in New York City schools since she first staged it in 2005.
In a divisive education policy conversation which pits one set of schools and politicians against another, educators must lead the charge to learn from other schools. We must stand on the shoulders of those who work alongside us.
In two weeks, Beacon Dramatic Arts Department will present the first high school production of the recent hit Broadway show Spring Awakening. I sat down to interview the woman chiefly responsible for this production.