Everything Old, Nothing New

This article, written by Kate Taylor, appeared in the New York Times, “Regents Approve Plan to Evaluate and Improve New York Schools It states: “The New York State Board of Regents on Monday approved a plan laying out the state’s goals for its education system, as required by the sweeping federal education law signed by […]

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Less Is Not Always More

This article appeared in the Rochester Business Journal: City Skills brings STEM experiences to city youth by Gino Fanelli “Amid a small crowd of city school youth at the Rochester MUSEUM and Science Center, Mayor Lovely Warren stands close to Douglass student Smiley Samuel, the pair carefully manipulating construction paper into a makeshift windmill. Eventually […]

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Promises Promises

SUNY deans speak out against teacher hiring plan By Bethany Bump “The deans of education programs at 18 State University of New York schools are condemning a proposal they say would lead to unqualified teachers in New York classrooms. The proposal comes from the SUNY Charter Schools Institute, the largest authorizer of charter schools in […]

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Evaluate The System Not The Schools

New York plans to use suspension rates to grade schools by Julie McMahon outlines NYSED’s plan to evaluate school performance. She writes: “Out-of-school suspension rates are the latest criteria the department has proposed as part of its plan for school evaluations. The new criteria would be used as early as the 2018-19 school year, according […]

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Let’s All Go To The “Lobby”

Recently reported by Diane Ravitch: New York City: Mayor de Blasio’s Capitulation to the Powerful Charter Lobby “Mayor Bill de Blasio ran for mayor with the promise that he would fight the charter lobby. He was a public school parent and had served on a community school board. I believed him. I endorsed him. Then […]

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