March 2, 2017

Taxing millionaires

New York State levied a millionaire’s tax in 2009, just as the financial crisis and the ensuing recession hit. It brought in $4 billion annually to the state’s coffers just as tax receipts were drying up.

On the right track

With the new administration in Washington, D.C., it’s more important than ever that our public schools and the students we teach have strong supporters.

February 2, 2017

Hurting undocumented children

President Trump’s Jan. 26 executive order puts the approximately 535,000 undocumented immigrants in New York City at risk of deportation, and their children who attend public schools now face being separated from their families.

Hurting special-needs students

The six million students with disabilities in public schools around the country will suffer the most if Betsy DeVos expands for-profit charters and private-school vouchers nationwide.

December 20, 2016

A fox guarding labor’s henhouse

Each Trump nominee for a cabinet post has a public record of opposing the work of the agency he or she would oversee or has a financial stake in business regulated by the agency.

Local control, when it suits them

Republicans have railed for years against federal intrusion in state government — and especially public education.

December 1, 2016

Bilingual education and California

On a bleak night for progressive politics, there were glimmers of hope at the state level. On Nov. 8, California voters, by an overwhelming 73 percent, lifted a 20-year-old ban on bilingual education.

A safe place to learn

The results of the November election have left many New York City public school students feeling vulnerable.

November 3, 2016

The challenges of homelessness

Homelessness is affecting a growing number of children in New York City. When a family is homeless, school often becomes the only stable institution in a child’s life.

Core corrections

It’s heartening that teachers are part of the state’s process of writing the new Empire State Learning Standards to better reflect the knowledge and skills that children should be able to demonstrate at each grade. But so far, we know one thing for sure: There’s still work to do.

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