Love was in the air this Valentine’s Day — love for public schools, that is. In the face of the threat to public education posed by the Trump administration and its new education secretary Betsy DeVos, educators, students and parents across the city demonstrated why they love their public schools.
At many schools, hundreds of hearts covered the walls, decorated with students’ and teachers’ heartfelt odes to their schools. At PS 163 on the Upper West Side, a student wrote, “I love PS 163 because of all the kind, wonderful teachers that push you to reach your highest potential.” A teacher at Long Island City HS wrote, “As someone who was taught in public schools, whose parents taught in public schools and who went on to work in public schools, there is nowhere I would rather be.”
Some teachers took advantage of the day’s proximity to the 100th day of school. At PS 54 in Richmond Hill, Queens, students celebrated “100 acts of kindness.” At PS 748 in Bath Beach, Brooklyn, students demonstrated “100 reasons to love PS 748.”
UFT delegates voted overwhelmingly to endorse the mayor’s re-election bid set for this coming November. “We are blessed that we have a mayor who will stand with every single public school teacher to defend our profession and the right to be unionists,” UFT President Michael Mulgrew said.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew urged state lawmakers on Feb. 14 in Albany to fully fund the foundation aid that New York City schools need — and to extend and enhance the millionaire’s tax to help pay for it.
Connecticut Gov. Daniel Malloy’s proposal to redistribute state school funding from wealthier areas to struggling cities has sparked opposition from well-off towns that are concerned about footing more of the bill.
A bid to put Missouri’s new anti-union right-to-work law to a vote of the people was temporarily scuttled on Feb. 21 when the Republican state attorney general rejected the petition because parts of the proposal were not properly punctuated and underlined.
In the spring of 2016, Bianca Brandon made a trip to ShopRite and purchased eight chickens. When a curious cashier wondered aloud why she was buying so much raw poultry, Brandon remembers with a laugh, she replied, “I don’t think you want to know.”
The chickens were victims of Brandon’s forensic science class at Staten Island Technical HS, where for the next eight weeks students would study the effects of external factors — like weather and insect activity — on body decomposition. Some of the chickens were buried in soil; others sat outside on the concrete in the sun. Students were curious about whether clothing would affect decomposition, so one of the chickens wore a tiny T-shirt.
“It really was stinky,” Brandon says matter-of-factly. “But in science, sometimes it smells bad and looks gross, and that’s just how it goes!”
Vernon Turner endured an early life so rooted in poverty and degradation that at age 50 he remains shocked to be alive. He was saved by two miracle workers, his 2nd-grade teacher and his high school coach.
Every 20 years, New York State holds a referendum that asks voters if they want to hold a convention to revise or amend the state’s constitution. When the question appears on the ballot on Nov. 7, we are asking you to vote “no,” and here’s why.
When President Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos held a meeting at the White House with the “education community” on Feb. 14, it showed the deep disconnect between his administration and the reality of education in the United States.
LIC HS's culinary arts program is an example of how Career and Technical Education programs keep students engaged and interested in school and prepare them for high-skill, high-wage careers and life after high school.
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.
Our transgender teachers need more visibility and the article, “Transgender educators seek respect, fairness for everyone,” provides some much-needed awareness of the experiences of our transgender teachers.
Teachers reported that they spent an average of $530 of their own money last year on basic supplies for their classrooms, according to a new national survey from education publishing company Scholastic.
I am a special education teacher who teaches performing arts in a theater program for children on the autism spectrum. I incorporate skill-building in my arts instruction — but these activities could just as easily be integrated into the rest of the classroom day.
Attendance is up, way up, in the bright, new teachers’ lounge at PS 205, a retirement gift from Lourdes Diaz-Austin to her former colleagues after 30 years as an ESL teacher at the school in the Belmont section of the Bronx. “It was a gift from my heart,” explained Diaz-Austin.
The Republican Party is more stridently opposed to unions and workers’ rights than when it last controlled both houses of Congress and a majority of state houses in 2006. It now controls Congress, the presidency and the majority of state houses, and is poised to dismantle the American labor movement. It began in Wisconsin when Gov. Scott Walker gutted the collective-bargaining rights of public-sector employees like us and now the threat looms in the federal government.