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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 May 22, 2020

With a Little Radical Imagination, We Can Prepare Our Students to Become Leaders

Early in the school year, after our daily Pledge of Allegiance, my fifth grader, Cassandra, asked, “Why are people mad when Colin Kaepernick kneels during…

By Joan Hurley

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Posted May 22, 2020

For My Family, Seeing Their First-Gen Latina Daughter Walk Across the Stage Would Have Been Everything

If I were a magician for a day, I would strike my wand and eliminate the memory of the coronavirus as well as its impact.…

By Karen Balbuena

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Posted May 22, 2020

Reopening Schools While Coronavirus Is Still on the Loose Is Ass-Backward

I swear this country is ass-backward. In last week’s Senate hearing, Dr. Anthony Fauci—the nation’s leading expert on the coronavirus pandemic—said outright, “… states will…

By Tanesha Peeples

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