The citys Office of Charter Schools knows what good education looks like, but just doesnt think poor, black kids need to have it.
"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.
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.
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.
Theres no money, city officials keep condescendingly insisting, as battles over Bloombergs austerity budget continue to raise tempers this muggy New York summer.
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.
Providence Hogan, a P.S. 29 mom, may go to jail for embezzling more than $80,000 from the Cobble Hill elementary school PTA.
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.
Throughout this fall I was constantly texting. Anytime I had a free moment, Id whip out my cellphone, never satisfied until Id made contact.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.