new york education
Every day, I traveled between the two New York Cities. I watched kids from my neighborhood who were just as smart, just as talented and just as deserving as those at Stuyvesant get left behind again and again because they weren't afforded equal opportunities to thrive.
Kids are refusing to take standardized tests all over the state.
In the name of indebted students, Governor Cuomo's plan to fund college credit bearing education programs in 10 New York State prisons was ditched within a month of his celebratory announcement. Now we're all left with nothing.
In writing the state budget, New York legislators totally capitulated to the billionaire-funded charter industry. The bottom line is that when billionaires talk, the New York legislature and Governor Cuomo listen. Actually, they sit up, bark, and roll over.
But de Blasio needs more ammunition. The incoming mayor should cast his eyes beyond the Hudson. While he boasted about a recent trip to Cincinnati, to check out their own civic experiment -- a gaggle of model community schools -- he made no mention of Tulsa, capital of early childhood innovation.
Mayor Bloomberg and the Department of Education are rushing to assure parents and school that these sub par grades will not reflect negatively on report cards, middle and high school admissions, teacher evaluations, and school ratings. But how can they not?
Teach For America is being criticized by teachers who allege its training is insufficient & destabilizing to school systems by threatening jobs. Are these concerns legitimate or are TFA's detractors worried about being squeezed out? Guests Katie Osgood and Justin Fong join to discuss.