From the Department of Karma and Fortuitous Timing:
President Obama will be speaking at Barnard's graduation today, but the women's college will also be honoring Evan Wolfson.
Wolfson, who will be receiving Barnard's Medal of Distinction, is the founder and president of "Freedom to Marry" and is ... More >>
There are many culprits who helped push Obama out of the same-sex marriage support closet this week, with Malia and Sasha (who didn't see the difference between their friends' parents who are opposite or same sex), Joe Biden's loose, grandiose, hyperbolic lips, and the (later confirmed) prospect of ... More >>
Update: President Obama has indeed come out of the closet, telling ABC news that he does, in fact, support the right for same-sex couples to get married. Read our report, with reactions from New Yorkers, here.
It's been a rough few days for President Obama on the gay marriage question, although he ... More >>
Someone needs to check the chemicals in the water cooler at Time magazine. And while they're at it, perhaps check to see if some sort of virus from their website has filtered through to Time's readers.
Several athletes made Time's Top 100 Influential People list, the highest being Kicks point guar ... More >>
It's been a pretty eventful 24 hours on the education beat in New York City.
Given how unpopular Cathie Black was before she even started as Chancellor,
there was far less glee at her ouster than we were expecting. Many of her critics may be experiencing schadenfreude privately, but they weren't e ... More >>
Whatever you think of her, Cathie Black is inarguably a by-the-dictionary unqualified choice for schools chancellor (hence the need for a waiver). It was her lack of traditional qualifications that probably made Mayor Bloomberg interested in her. And now, Black's come out of the gate swingin ... More >>
PerkinsBill Perkins has been a fixture in Harlem politics since 1997, elected to two terms in the city council first and then to David Paterson's state senate seat in 2006. But the 60-year-old marathoner is in a fight for his political life now, facing a well-financed challenger, Basil Smikle ... More >>
By now, you've heard that Governor Paterson more or less made yesterday's "Race to the Cock" day a better news story when he got rather excited talking about New York's bringing home the federal education bacon:
Paterson and Obama have never been close, nor have they ever really supported each ot ... More >>
The U.S. Department of Education announced the finalists for federal Race to the Top dollars today, and New York State made the cut.
No one should get too excited yet about spending any of that $700 million pile of loot, though. New York is only one of 17 states and the District of Columbia to mak ... More >>
With the looming deadline to apply for federal Race to the Top education funds coming next week, Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein have been taking their call to increase the number of charter schools far and wide. This weekend, they took the word to church, reports Daily News writer ... More >>
The Post's Fred Dicker reports this morning that Attorney General Andrew Cuomo is planning to support the recently passed Senate Bill to increase the number of charter schools in the state.
If true, this would be just the latest unlikely development in how the issue of charter schools is rea ... More >>
SchneidermanEric Schneiderman, the Manhattan state senator running for Attorney General, was one of 12 Democrats who voted against the charter school bill that passed 45 to 15 on Monday.
Ironically, though a bill authorizing new charter schools appears irrelevant to the AG race, t ... More >>
Mayor Bloomberg spent a fun-filled afternoon with Newt Gingrich, Al Sharpton and President Obama discussing education policy. Education Secretary Arne Duncan was also present. Afterwards the visitors mostly yakked bipartisan gobbledegook to reporters, though Sharpton told the Daily News that the pec ... More >>
Albany has to decide in June whether to leave Mayor Bloomberg in charge of the school system, which privilege he attained in 2002. The Times mischievously profiles his Panel for Educational Policy, whose duties seem to involve holding meetings and being yelled at by parently at sparsely-attended hea ... More >>
The odd-ball marriage of Al Sharpton and schools chancellor Joel Klein -- who have been teaming up to tout their version of education reforms since last summer-- resulted in a sweet $500,000 wedding gift for Sharpton's National Action Network, reports the Daily News' indefatigable Juan Gonzalez this ... More >>