Editorials

Editorials | July 10, 2015 >>

Gov. Cuomo said something odd recently. Speaking to reporters at a rally for raising the state’s minimum wage, the governor said he is uncomfortable with the term “income inequality.”

Editorials | June 23, 2015 >>

Whether you take off July and August or will be working, summer is often experienced as a season full of possibility.

Editorials | June 4, 2015 >>

A high school English teacher in Queens builds a library of graphic novels for his struggling readers. A pre-K teacher in the East Village helps her students care for their own caterpillars as they transform into butterflies. And a 3rd-grade teacher in an impoverished section of the Bronx makes sure every student goes home with a notebook and pencil — because, she says, “It’s a little thing for us to give them those supplies, but for them it’s like the biggest thing in the world.”

Editorials | June 4, 2015 >>

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has found a new way to help his ultra-wealthy campaign contributors while at the same time hurting public schools. He is proposing an education tax credit that would richly reward his campaign donors by giving individuals and businesses tax credits equal to 75 percent of their donations to the private school of their choice. 


Editorials | May 7, 2015 >>
Editorials | May 7, 2015 >>

The anti-testing furor in New York State has reached new heights, thanks in large part to Gov. Andrew Cuomo and his total disinterest in what parents and educators say students need.

Editorials | April 2, 2015 >>

A student from Ecuador says her first complete sentence in English. A boy chooses to tell his teacher about his feelings rather than throw a tantrum. A class learns the difference between opinion and fact.

Editorials | April 2, 2015 >>

A bully principal with a grudge against the UFT gives the school’s chapter leader a rating of Ineffective, reflecting the principal’s animus toward the union, not the teacher’s job performance.

Editorials | March 5, 2015 >>

We know Cuomo is here in the state. But we have to ask, is he paying attention?

Editorials | March 5, 2015 >>

"Eva vs. public schools"
Eva Moskowitz says her charter schools are public schools and so deserve public funding and public-school space. But she is closing her 32 schools on March 4 to bus students, staff and parents to Albany. Public schools would never close schools to use children as political pawns.

Editorials | February 5, 2015 >>

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s long-awaited announcement of the closing of the school networks created by Joel Klein is a milestone worthy of celebration. It is a decisive break with an organizational approach that, however well-meaning, was designed to fail.

Editorials | February 5, 2015 >>

Gov. Cuomo is so enthusiastic about charter schools that he wants to greatly expand their number even though he acknowledges that they are not accepting the same number of high-needs students as public schools.

Editorials | January 8, 2015 >>

A proven strategy: Teachers and parents know it, and research has proved it: Significantly smaller class sizes, particularly in the early grades, can lead to strong gains in achievement. The benefit is greatest for poor and minority children. 





Editorials | January 8, 2015 >>

Cuomo’s mistake: Gov. Andrew Cuomo seems to base his recent actions and statements about education on mistaken assumptions. He seems to think that New York parents support privatizing public education. 


Editorials | December 4, 2014 >>

To fully appreciate Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new strategy to help struggling schools, it helps to remember former Mayor Bloomberg’s approach.

Editorials | December 4, 2014 >>

Nearly three out of four registered voters in New York State stayed home on Election Day. Turnout — or the lack of turnout — has consequences. We are now left with a state Senate obligated to financiers who support unfettered expansion of charter schools.

Editorials | November 6, 2014 >>

This is a battle over which party will control the state Senate. The outcome will greatly affect all of our state’s public school educators, students and schools.

Editorials | November 6, 2014 >>

Public school educators know from both experience and common sense that when school administrators treat teachers as partners rather than adversaries, schools function more smoothly, staff morale is higher and the entire school community benefits.

Editorials | October 2, 2014 >>

Class size doesn’t matter. That’s a common theme among the so-called reformers who contend that an effective teacher can teach a class of any size, as if there is no difference in opportunities for teaching and learning in a class of 30 or 35 compared to one of 20 or 25.

Editorials | October 2, 2014 >>

The people who want to toss teacher tenure in the trash will tell you that they are fighting for the kids. The fact is, though, that their quest to eliminate teachers’ due-process rights fits perfectly into the political agenda of the Wall Street backers of corporate education reform and privatization:

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