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Principal to Chancellor: Take the Lead on School Discipline

May 30, 2014

The author, Principal Brady Smith "Our schools are learning places. They're not suspension places," said Chancellor Fariña to a room full of principals this past Saturday. Could this mean real change

Last Updated (Friday, May 30, 2014 04:14 PM)


VA Scandal Demands Bold and Decisive Action

May 30, 2014

Coast Guardsmen, 2013 NYC Veterans Day Parade (Petty Officer 2nd Class LaNola Stone) Last month, reports surfaced that a Phoenix-based Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care facility maintained two separate

Last Updated (Thursday, May 29, 2014 08:41 PM)


A Commitment to Affordable Housing

May 29, 2014

Mayor de Blasio announces his housing plan (nyc.gov) Over the past several weeks, those of us committed to meeting the housing needs of all New Yorkers have witnessed real progress,

Last Updated (Thursday, May 29, 2014 06:22 PM)


The Case Against Solitary

May 29, 2014

  With about one percent of our adult population behind bars, far more per capita than any other country, the United States also leads the world in the use of solitary

Last Updated (Wednesday, May 28, 2014 10:49 PM)


What's So 'Progressive' About 1000 New Police

May 22, 2014

Representatives from the NYPD testify at the City Council (William Alatriste) The first showdown between Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, erstwhile progressive partners, has come over

Last Updated (Wednesday, September 24, 2014 09:26 AM)


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

Last Updated (Tuesday, May 06, 2014 02:46 PM)


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

Last Updated (Thursday, May 01, 2014 10:50 PM)


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

Last Updated (Thursday, April 24, 2014 03:32 PM)