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.

October 6, 2016

Lockout lessons

Unions protect the rights of their workers when it comes to professional issues, salary and benefits. But they also protect their members’ most basic rights. For anyone who doubted that, the lockout of the faculty at Long Island University in Brooklyn over the Labor Day weekend made it crystal clear.

The moral of the story

Success Academy is calling it “a moral imperative” to double student enrollment in charter schools, from 100,000 to 200,000 students.

September 8, 2016

New teachers, new wings

Every September thousands of new teachers enter our classrooms — this year it is estimated that some 5,200 educators will be teaching in New York City public schools for the first time. And to them, we extend a hearty welcome.

Civil rights and public schools

Public education is at the heart of the civil rights struggle in the United States. That’s why it’s heartening that two civil rights organizations acting independently of each other — the venerable NAACP and the newly minted Movement for Black Lives — have proposed a freeze on charter schools.

July 7, 2016

Homework help

Learning doesn’t stop when the school day ends. For more than 35 years, the UFT’s Dial-A-Teacher program has been a resource that thousands of New York City public school students turn to for help with their homework after school.

Combating inequity

Some of the best high schools in New York City are deficient when it comes to enrolling black and Latino students.

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