Parents, activists and educators who are against the so-called education-reform movement are forming a national coalition to combat what they perceive to be a corporate assault on education. They thought it'd be wise to organize their fight on a more national level -- especially since their oppone ... More >>
More evidence emerges that the Education Mayor flunked
We're raising a generation that doesn't know its rights
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 >>
Black gets promoted from within the mayor's own head
Cathie Black: hated by the same old gangHave you noticed that it's the same five or six people protesting Cathie Black's appointment as Chancellor of Schools the past couple of weeks? No? That's probably because her opposition has been hyped to seem like it's made of far more people than it i ... More >>
At a press conference today, Joel Klein -- the chancellor of New York City's Department of Education announced that he is stepping down from his position, to be replaced by now-former Hearst chairperson Cathie Black. She is the second chancellor of New York City's Department of Education sinc ... More >>
Interesting retrospective on the resignation of Joel Klein, former NYC schools chancellor, who left his job in public service to go work as an executive vice president for News Corp. In New York magazine's recent "Who Runs New York?" issue, a flow chart of influential New Yorkers being asked ... 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 >>
Faisal Shahzad may have inadvertently saved the jobs of a 1,000 cops in Mayor Mike Bloomberg's budget proposal, but nothing apparently could be done to save the jobs of 6,400 city teachers...Not even letting go of the $5 million dollars budgeted for new teacher recruitment. Yes, that's right ... More >>
NYC's head has a serious setback on his way to closing schools
The mayor and his schools chancellor make their stand at the schoolhouse door
Several schoolteachers are suing Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, claiming their confinement to "rubber rooms" -- holding facilities for teachers removed from duty, usually on disciplinary charges -- violates their rights. They claim the Chancellor has no authority to charge or hold them, and that ... More >>
Since Mike Bloomberg and Joel Klein do have a real record to sell, why do they insist on embellishing it? And why does every newspaper in town, now even including the New York Times, lend itself to the Department of Exaggeration's (DOE) campaign to merge the renewal of mayoral control and the re- ... More >>
We suppose we should mention it since some people find it exciting, but the news that a "deal" is "in the works" for the state senate to renew mayoral control of the city's schools seems pretty weak tea. The parent training institute, arts advisory council, and safety committees sound more like gest ... More >>
Fresh off his audit of the department of education's graduation rate figures, which he found unconvincing, mayoral candidate Bill Thompson says school chancellor Joel Klein "should be fired; it's as simple as that." Hey, that's what mayoral candidate Tony Avella said, albeit more eloquently ("It wo ... More >>
We gotta admit, we thought it was a bluff. We assumed that when the Albany Coup senators let mayoral control of schools lapse at midnight, no one would step forward and say, "it is the time of the Judges!" But the Board of Education rose from the dead today and is meeting at the Tweed Courthouse to ... More >>
While the Albany Coup are a good laugh for you and for us, Mayor Bloomberg has to worry about the fact that mayoral control expires tomorrow and the state senate has to reauthorize it. This weekend the Mayor underlined the urgency with a press conference, promising that the city would have to go to ... 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 >>
Mike Bloomberg is cold, businesslike, and out of touch with the needs of everyday New Yorkers -- but what the heck, this is New York and no one's looking for a mayoral hug.A Quinnipiac poll out today reports that most New Yorkers find Bloomberg -- surprise! -- a distant billionaire by 55-30 percent. ... More >>
Who's Caroline's daddy?
Our Education Mayor remains silent about police abuses of students in public schools
[Joel, Mike, and Caroline]It's certainly unusual that the rationale for a U.S. Senate campaign would be based on the leading candidate's 22-month volunteer tenure at the city's Department of Education, but when that's all Caroline Kennedy and her champion, Mike Bloomberg, have to work with, so be it ... More >>
Joel, Mike and CarolineIt would be an oversimplification to say that Mike Bloomberg is the main man behind the Caroline Kennedy tsunami that's hit in the last two days. There are others behind the wave of support, as well. Some, for example, say that Rahm Emanuel has such a need to fill senate seats ... More >>
Thankfully, there's no term limit on the Constitution and its protection of students
Another fall begins with the Police Commissioner's henchmen in control
Three years ago, New York magazine's John Heilemann interviewed Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and wrote in his notebook: "Klein wants to be Mayor." In 2007 Klein all but denied it. But today's New York Sun story, reporting that eight "political consultants, activists, and philanthropists" are pushin ... More >>
New York ranks 54th of the 63 largest U.S. school districts for graduating black boys
DOE, City Council and Unions all fail to keep tabs on when NYC schools fail - or succede.
Mayor Mike should get more heat for teaching kids to fear the police
City leaders want kids out of large schools and into smaller ones. Now one Brooklyn high school is fighting the mandate to close its doors.
Chancellor Joel Klein's plan to turn students into active citizens for the Constitution
Schools fail the future when they don't teach individual liberties in the Constitution
Test scores rising, but what of the different black and white diplomas and other lost kids?
Columbia critic of Israel banned from a program for NYC teachers by Joel Klein
Eva Moskowitz's prescription: giving kids a fighting chance well before the third grade
Joel Klein claimed that the axed 'social promotion' dissenters resigned. This was a lie.
How the Mayor's Top-Down Revolution Locks Out Communities
How the Mayor Is Resuscitating Our Sick System
Playing the Numbers Game for Kids' Futures
Where Was the UFT? And the Principals Union?
The Teacher Boss Puts Bloomberg on the 'Bad Step'
How the Schools Conflict Resolution Office Got Mugged
Rising Standards, Rising Dropouts
What Is 'A Sound Basic Education'?