Just weeks after President Obama awarded New York State a reform-friendly waiver to onerous federal "No Child Left Behind" education rules, for-profit education firms are threatening to strangle the new reforms.
On the evening of March 27, one of our community schools located in Washington Heights, a heavily Dominican neighborhood, hosted an event with potential implications for education policy in New York City and across the country.
Children's Aid will be expanding its reach and implementing best practices codified over many years when it opens its first community charter school in the Morrisania section of the South Bronx in August 2012.
Community schools bring additional human and financial resources into schools and align these resources with the schools' goals for student learning and developmental. They are producing powerful results.
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.
The economy is bouncing back, but we all know that there are still many people in need. Get into the true spirit of the holidays by taking care of the lucky people in your life -- and some you'll never meet.