May 4, 2017

Shepherding success

The Single Shepherd program, which launched in September, was designed to boost high school graduation and college enrollment rates in two of the most challenging school districts in New York City [see “Good ‘Shepherds’” on page 6]. Mayor Bill de Blasio is to be commended for backing a program that helps the students who too often fall between the cracks.

A budget that works — for most of us

It took a little longer, but our hard work yielded results: The new state budget increases education aid by $1.1 billion, which includes $700 million in additional foundation aid for school districts. Prekindergarten, community schools and after-school programs all get a boost in support.

April 6, 2017

Triangle fire lessons

The annual commemoration of the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire every March is a teachable moment for students about the importance of labor unions. Workers were trapped on two floors when fire broke out because the company had locked doors to prevent theft. Many workers leapt from windows to their deaths. Others were found huddled against doors.

Vultures circling

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is making it safe for the vultures that run for-profit career training schools to prey on students again.

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.

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