April 5, 2018

Students take the lead

Will this time be different?

Lesson from W. Va.

More than 20,000 teachers across West Virginia have shown the power of unity when working people come under attack.

March 1, 2018

Follow the money

The organization known as Families for Excellent Schools shut down suddenly in February, shortly after its founder and CEO was removed for “inappropriate behavior.”

Student power

In the immediate aftermath of the Florida school shooting on Feb. 14 that took 17 lives, many people were shocked and tearful — and resigned to nothing changing with respect to gun laws.

February 1, 2018

After Fariña

When Carmen Fariña stepped into the role of schools chancellor in 2014, she brought sanity back to New York City public education after 12 long years of Michael Bloomberg’s disastrous business-knows-best chancellors.

Silencing teachers

What would life be like if your union disappeared?

January 4, 2018

A lousy tax plan

The Republican tax overhaul is dreadful in ways old and new. It will be horrible for millions of families and individuals in 12 Democratic states, including New York and New Jersey, because the tax plan’s cap on deductions of state and local taxes will mean higher federal taxes and less money in their wallets.

Question authority

“The Education of Eva Moskowitz: A Memoir,” released in December, has been extensively reviewed. Whether they favored her Success Academy methods or not, most critics made mention of Moskowitz’s self-righteousness and long memory for long-ago battles. As one reviewer noted, do we want someone with such venom in charge of students? Good question.

December 7, 2017

Killing the news

Why would the owner of DNAinfo and Gothamist suddenly pull the plug on Nov. 2 on two news sites that were filling a huge void in local coverage?

Beyond the con: Janus

The next challenge we face is the upcoming ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court in Janus v. the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. In the coming months, we’ll need all hands on deck to get the message out about the importance of union membership and the critical difference it makes in our standard of living.

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