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New York's Uncovered Crisis

May 06, 2014

  Fellows in a city job-training program (nyc.gov) We all hear about how hard it is for young adults to get a decent job in New York City. Popular TV shows and


Philosophers or Bullies?

May 02, 2014

The author, Billy Easton (Times Union) The future of public education looks frightening under Governor Cuomo. The Governor has completely abandoned his obligation to adequately fund public schools—and this weekend, he will


Restoring Sanity to Student Promotion Decisions

Apr 29, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio and schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña (@NYCTransition) Two weeks ago, Chancellor Fariña introduced a major education policy change. Students in grades 3-8 will be assessed for promotion by "the


De Blasio's Next Move on Charters

Apr 24, 2014

Mayor de Blasio reads to a pre-k class (nyc.gov) An analysis of the new State charter school siting law demonstrates that the City has the ability to decide, as a regular


The Next 100 Days

Apr 18, 2014

(schools.nyc.gov) To be fair, as much as pundits and talking heads like to focus on an elected official's "first 100 days" in office, 100 days is not a very long time.


Park Equity Begins with a Better Public Budget

Apr 17, 2014

(NY4P.org) An early springtime sun was shining down on Seward Park as Mayor de Blasio introduced Mitchell Silver as New York City's next parks commissioner last month on the Lower East


Preliminary Budget Questions Remain

Apr 02, 2014

Council Member Helen Rosenthal (William Alitriste) I have always been fascinated by quantifying public policy and the very practical details of implementation. Diving into the details, one can learn if public


What’s Next for East Midtown

Mar 25, 2014

Council Member Dan Garodnick (D-Manhattan) There was a lot of talk last year about the urgent need to rejuvenate East Midtown. Mayor Bloomberg offered a serious, but incomplete, rezoning proposal. Too many


Expanding de Blasio’s Agenda for Youth Opportunities

Mar 19, 2014

  President Obama and Education Secretary Duncan Visit P-Tech HS (Getty) The recent Community Service Society announcement of high graduation rates in career and technical education (CTE) high schools provides further evidence


Living With HIV: The Housing Assistance Myth

Feb 25, 2014

In 2010, the author, James Lister (left), was arrested protesting cuts to the 30% rent cap he discusses below I am writing to tell you how it really is for one of