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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 July 1, 2016

Can We Really Give a High School a ‘Fair’ Grade If Only 5% of Students Are Ready for College?

Many New York City parents are familiar with the “renewal school” program which, according to the Department of Education, represents a “call to action” to…

By Laura Waters

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Posted May 5, 2016

New York City Must Stop Hiding Its Weakest Teachers

A couple of months ago, the mayor of New York City snuck out a press release about his failure to rid the city of some…

By Tenicka Boyd

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Posted Dec. 16, 2015

Low Expectations in New York Means Not Enough Quality Teachers for Minority Students

I see Chris everyday. He comes to our field office to talk about his school experience as a student of color in Brooklyn. Each day,…

By Tenicka Boyd

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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 June 30, 2015

These NYC Parents Say ‘Enough is Enough’

For years, P.S. 289 George V. Brower School, a New York City public school, has been failing the children of Crown Heights. Thankfully many of…

By Tenicka Boyd

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

When Charters Grow From Communities, They Can and Do Increase Equity

BES (Build, Excel, Sustain) started its Fellowship program 20 years ago to support school leaders with the preparation and professional development they needed to design,…

By Aasimah Navlakhi

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Posted Dec. 1, 2021

The Gifted and Talented Debates Aren’t About Rigor, They’re About Access

An interesting, complicated, and rather polarizing trend is going around in American education, and it has to do with special admission schools and the designation…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Nov. 30, 2021

Principals Must Be Hope Dealers In Schools and Communities

During a recent conversation, Murleen Coakley, principal of Greenfield Union in the Detroit Public Schools Community District, reminded me how much being a great principal…

By Robert Simmons

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