Editorials

July 6, 2017

Testing in perspective

State education officials have decided to shorten the state ELA and math tests that students in grades 3–8 once slogged through over six days.

Steps toward diversity

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan for increasing school diversity, released on June 6, is a much-needed response to segregation in New York City public schools.

June 1, 2017

Shame on Eva

House Speaker Paul Ryan — fresh from celebrating passage of a health care bill in the House that would leave 24 million people uninsured and give a generous tax cut to billionaires — headed to Success Academy I in Harlem on May 9 for a personal guided tour led by Eva Moskowitz.

Lessons in respect

Students should feel safe and supported in our schools, no matter what else is going on in their lives — or in the nation.

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.

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