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Politicians Pull the Real 'Con' in 'Kids Before Cons' Act

Piper Anderson | Posted 08.13.2014 | New York
Piper Anderson

In the name of indebted students, Governor Cuomo's plan to fund college credit bearing education programs in 10 New York State prisons was ditched within a month of his celebratory announcement. Now we're all left with nothing.

New York's Dumb State Budget

Diane Ravitch | Posted 06.02.2014 | Education
Diane Ravitch

In writing the state budget, New York legislators totally capitulated to the billionaire-funded charter industry. The bottom line is that when billionaires talk, the New York legislature and Governor Cuomo listen. Actually, they sit up, bark, and roll over.

Joy Resmovits

New York Students With Disabilities May Soon Take Easier Tests Than Their Peers

HuffingtonPost.com | Joy Resmovits | Posted 02.12.2014 | Politics

A proposal to test some severely disabled students on lower educational standards advanced in New York on Tuesday, paving the way for a potential coll...

Go West, Bill de Blasio: Land of Inequality-Busting

Susan Ochshorn | Posted 02.03.2014 | Education
Susan Ochshorn

But de Blasio needs more ammunition. The incoming mayor should cast his eyes beyond the Hudson. While he boasted about a recent trip to Cincinnati, to check out their own civic experiment -- a gaggle of model community schools -- he made no mention of Tulsa, capital of early childhood innovation.

Small NYC Schools Show Better Graduation And College Rates

The Huffington Post | Jane Janeczko | Posted 10.24.2013 | New York

According to an October study from researchers at MIT and Duke, the central focus of Mayor Bloomberg's education plan - smaller schools - is showing s...

Failing is the New Passing

Elissa Stein | Posted 10.09.2013 | New York
Elissa Stein

Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Education are rushing to assure parents and school that these sub par grades will not reflect negatively on report cards, middle and high school admissions, teacher evaluations, and school ratings. But how can they not?

Business of Sports School -- A Tribute to George Friedman and Tara Bellevue

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.24.2013 | Business
Steve Mariotti

I saw talent at the Business of Sports School. With 56 graduates in its first graduating class, the school was founded just four years ago through a team effort lead by a wonderful educator and a personal mentor of mine, George Friedman.

Survey Reveals Surprising Facts About LGBT Students In New York Schools

Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices

The state of New York may have a comparatively liberal attitude towards its lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents. But a new poll su...

Give Progressive Middle Schools a Chance

Tom Allon | Posted 05.04.2013 | New York
Tom Allon

School choice has been a positive development in public education in New York, but sometimes the city's Department of Education makes the wrong choice.

NYC Can't Afford a Late Start to Early Education

Bill de Blasio | Posted 04.17.2013 | New York
Bill de Blasio

President Obama gets it. Governor Cuomo gets it. Now, we need a mayor who recognizes the need for a game-changing overhaul of our schools that starts with getting early education right. Anything less, and we are leaving our kids behind.

A School Reform Strategy That Works

Richard Buery | Posted 03.25.2013 | New York
Richard Buery

The education reform debate has been stuck for too long between competing advocates offering a set of false choices.

The Racial Dynamics of Standardized Tests

Ruzan Sarwar | Posted 01.23.2014 | New York
Ruzan Sarwar

If critics of standardized tests think it's lack of finances or lack of access to resources that prevents certain races from performing to the stated benchmarks, I want to put an end to that delusion.

Why Does New York Have "Specialized" High Schools?

Alan Singer | Posted 12.30.2012 | New York
Alan Singer

Why does New York City have these special schools where the teaching and curriculum are just not that special?

NYC Soda Pop Ban: How Sweet It Is

Randee Mia Berman | Posted 12.02.2012 | New York
Randee Mia Berman

The NYC Board of Health may have killed off the jumbo 16 oz. cup of soda pop, but is this anti-obesity campaign really that sweet?

Q&A With Schools Chancellor Walcott

The Huffington Post | Inae Oh | Posted 09.12.2012 | New York

Last Thursday, over 1.1 million students in the New York City public school system said goodbye to summer and poured into classrooms for the first day...

Great School Choices

Tom Allon | Posted 10.27.2012 | New York
Tom Allon

Choice is a hallmark of our country. It is synonymous with freedom. We live in a country where we have choice in our leaders, our religion, our food, our housing, our lifestyles. Choice in education is not only necessary -- it is crucial for our country's future.

Spurring Growth in Every Neighborhood

Bill de Blasio | Posted 10.21.2012 | New York
Bill de Blasio

We must do everything in our power to increase education opportunity. Our goal should be nothing less than preparing every student who goes through our public school system for either college or readily-available career options upon graduation.

A Tale of Two Schools: What New York Department of Education Is Getting Right

Daniel Lautzenheiser | Posted 09.23.2012 | Education
Daniel Lautzenheiser

If there's ever a tangible physical reminder about the differences in education quality in a particular locale, it is found on the floors of a school building on West 134th Street in Harlem. Literally on the floors.

New York School Funding Among Nation's Most Unfair

David Sciarra | Posted 09.12.2012 | Education
David Sciarra

New York is considered "high spending" when it comes to public education. But does the Empire State fairly fund its public schools? The answer is a resounding no.

Saki Knafo

The After-School Crisis: What Mayor Bloomberg's Massive Cuts Could Mean For One Of The Most Highly Regarded After-School Programs In The Country

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 05.21.2012 | Education

Some of the poems were about love and some were about clouds, but what really mattered about the P.S. 63 poetry reading on Wednesday night was the tim...

More Mistakes Found In New York's Error-Laden Exams

Posted 05.09.2012 | Education

The errors on New York's state exams just keep mounting. Foreign language versions of the state math exams administered to third through eighth gra...

Leaders of New Group Have an "Interest" in Education

Gail Robinson | Posted 06.13.2012 | New York
Gail Robinson

Increasingly privatized education -- with charters, consultants and competition -- offers more opportunities for investment and profit-making. Its proponents have a special and vested interest in the policies they promote.

Saki Knafo

Children's Advocates To Bloomberg: Don't Cut Funding For Kids!

HuffingtonPost.com | Saki Knafo | Posted 03.29.2012 | New York

A coalition of more than 150 New York organizations, ranging from the Police Athletic League to the Children's Aid Society, have signed a letter urgin...

Helping Kids Whose "Brains Are on Fire"

Tom Allon | Posted 05.26.2012 | New York
Tom Allon

The minds we waste each day in substandard public education could be the next Albert Einstein or Steve Jobs or Mark Zuckerberg. Our children can't wait.

No More Gross 'Pink Slime' Meat For Students

Posted 03.22.2012 | New York

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City's schools chancellor says the city will stop serving ammonia-treated ground beef in the fall. Chancellor Dennis Walco...