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.

November 2, 2017

Congress fails kids
In an unconscionable act of negligence, the U.S. Congress allowed funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program to expire on Sept. 30. CHIP provides low-cost insurance to 9 million children around the country whose family income is too high to qualify for Medicaid but too low to access insurance in the private market.
Homeless plan sought

The numbers are growing: One out of 10 students in New York City public schools — about 100,000 children — were homeless last year, 6 percent more than the previous year, according to the New York State Technical and Education Assistance Center for Homeless Students.

October 5, 2017

United for DREAMers

These are anxious times for young people enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that gave 800,000 immigrant youths temporary resident status and protection from deportation.

Certified victories

When most people think about the job security that comes with union membership, the first thing that comes to mind is protection of due process rights — making sure teachers get a fair hearing if they are threatened with losing their job for any reason.

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