LIZA FEATHERSTONE is a journalist and public school parent who lives in Clinton Hill.
FEB 2012 | Local
Throughout this fall I was constantly texting. Anytime I had a free moment, Id whip out my cellphone, never satisfied until Id made contact.
MAR 2012 | Local
Republicans in the New York State Senate have included, in their version of the budget, a provision allowing for-profit companies to establish charter schools.
MAY 2012 | Local
The shops, restaurants, and dry cleaners in Clinton Hill are festooned with signs hailing a rising political star. The neighborhood is economically diversethere are large housing projects, and Susan Sarandon just bought a place herebut politically, liberalism is a cheerful consensus
JUL-AUG 2012 | Local
This spring, a group of eighth graders exposed the leaders of a multinational corporation as a drove of braying dopes. It started, of course, on Facebook where the kids tweaked Pearson, a profitable testing company to whom New York State pays millions, by exposing one of its reading comprehension exercises as nonsense.
MAR 2011 | Local
It was exhilarating to see so many people in Madison defending teachers, instead of blaming them for failing schools and ailing budgets, as we tend to do here in New Yorkand just about everywhere else in this country.
MAY 2011 | Local
Parents all over Brooklyn are now learning how their preschoolers performed on entrance tests for the citys Gifted & Talented program. (Yes, we do test children who are too young to tie their own shoes.) The childrens scores will determine whether they are eligible to apply for a range of advanced tracks and special schools throughout the city.
JUL-AUG 2011 | Local
Theres no money, city officials keep condescendingly insisting, as battles over Bloombergs austerity budget continue to raise tempers this muggy New York summer.
OCT 2011 | Local
Providence Hogan, a P.S. 29 mom, may go to jail for embezzling more than $80,000 from the Cobble Hill elementary school PTA.
DEC 11-JAN 12 | Local
An escalating charter school battle serves as a jarring reminder that even District 15 parents are still only the 99%and that its the 1% that runs the show.
MAR 2012 | Local
The sober sixth grader was small for his age and wore a handsome pinstriped suit, just the kind of suit a mother wants her son to wear.
APR 2012 | Local
Republicans in the New York State Senate have included, in their proposed version of the budget, a provision allowing for-profit companies to establish charter schools. Most likely, this effort at wholesale privatization will fail, but it shows that the for-profit forces are gearing up for a renewed assault on our fragile public system.
JUNE 2012 | Local
Mayoral control has its critics, and Report Card is among them, believing that the public deserves much more control over education policy. But theres a chilling possibility that for the elites and the profiteers, the present-day structures are too democratic.
FEB 2011 | Local
The citys Office of Charter Schools knows what good education looks like, but just doesnt think poor, black kids need to have it.
APR 2011 | Local
"Stay in your own neighborhood, the parent coordinator at a sought-after school on the southern side of Park Slope recently admonished a group of prospective parents who had come from all over Brooklyn.
JUNE 2011 | Local
Describing her tour of the Community Partnership Charter School (CPCS) in Clinton Hill, one Brooklyn mom was amped. She didnt have much to say about the curriculum or the school culture: the schools primary appeal was the stuff.
SEPT 2011 | Local
The meetings of the Panel for Educational Policy may look like democracy in action, but nothing the public says can influence how the mayors appointees vote.
NOV 2011 | Local
For more than a month, hundreds of people have been sleeping outdoors on the cement in Manhattans Zuccotti Park, decrying the fact that our country is run for the benefit of the richest 1 percent, at the expense of the other 99 percent.
NOV 2005 | Express
The anti-consumerist lefts tactic of non-buying emerges from a broader ascetic anti-consumerism. The most egregious example of this unfortunate tendency is Buy Nothing Day, the demand that people refrain from spending money on the day after Thanksgiving, the second-biggest day on the retail calendar.