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Posted Nov. 17, 2017

Just Imagine Being a Parent at This School Where Your Kid Was Stabbed to Death

I write from a place of privilege today. I have never once worried about the safety of my three children at school. The victim of…

By Erika Sanzi

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Sep. 12, 2017

Don’t Get Angry, Get Eva

Somehow, while managing a sprawling network of public charter schools serving 15,000 children, engaging in the day-to-day political combat of New York, and raising three…

By Peter Cunningham

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Posted Mar. 6, 2017

Suspension Is No Longer the Only Tool Educators Have to Address Discipline Problems

A student yells at a teacher, engages in an altercation with a peer or is continually late to class. For decades, under a zero-tolerance framework,…

By Catherine Bradshaw

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Posted Oct. 28, 2016

It’s Hard to See the Progress in Bill de Blasio’s School Reforms Because There’s Been None

In January 2013, just before Bill de Blasio was sworn in for his first term as New York City’s mayor, a reporter asked him what…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 20, 2016

How Mayor de Blasio Can Regain New York City’s Trust

Early Saturday morning the New York State Legislature passed a bill that falls far short of the mayor’s political and educational objectives. First, legislators shrunk…

By Laura Waters

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Posted June 17, 2016

Haters Will Hate, But These 6 Success Academy Kids Aced the Test

There’s some remarkable news out of New York City today: The Daily News reports that six eighth-graders who attend Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academy Charter Schools,…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Oct. 2, 2015

Mayor de Blasio and the Teachers Union: How Close Is Too Close?

I’ve been awfully tough on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and his apparent lack of urgency in addressing the city schoolchildren’s need for…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Sep. 28, 2015

StudentsFirstNY encourages parents to fight for their kids

StudentsFirstNY made a major call recently to the parents of New York City -- to get out and vote, to make their voices heard, to fight for their kids. It’s time for City Hall to focus on the quality of teachers in classrooms and ensure new hires meet high standards. The Mayor must also stop blocking the expansion of charter schools and promote their growth on behalf of families who need them. Token collaborations with charter schools won’t…

By Valentina Korkes

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Posted Sep. 22, 2015

De Blasio’s NYC School Plan: Cautious, Inoffensive and Inadequate

On Saturday the New York Times Editorial Board issued a measured rebuke to Mayor Bill de Blasio and his plan to increase student achievement in the…

By Laura Waters

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

The Worst Thing About Being a Homeless Student Was the Hunger

Have you ever been so hungry that it caused you physical pain? I’m not talking the kind of hunger that sneaks up when you’ve realized…

By Lizzy Shoben

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Posted Nov. 10, 2017

Could This Teacher and Leadership Program Be Part of the ‘Secret Sauce’ for Chicago Schools?

In most urban school districts, “turnaround” is a dirty word. Turnaround schools are first identified as failing and left to languish for some time in…

By Maureen Kelleher

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Posted Nov. 13, 2017

I Didn’t Want My Students to Have to Choose Between Hunger and Making Friends

I have a weakness. I’m not good at saying no. Last summer, I was invited to attend a focus group on school breakfast at the…

By Angela Homan

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