Category Archives: Education

Almosy Fifty Years Since Ocean Hill-Brownsville Ed Reform

This year marks almost 50 years since the Ocean Hill-Brownsville (OHB) education reform. Five decades later minority kids are still stuck in FAILING NYC schools. https://t.co/tW9c8wKRym h/t @NYCParentsUnion & WNYC-TV OHB was an experiment in community control and parent empowerment … Continue reading

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Good Day NY Asks Why A Fmr State Legislator Refused To Take Council Oath

Former state legislator Michael Benjamin refused to take an oath during a City Council hearing at City Hall. http://www.myfoxny.com/clip/10952602/oath-refusal I was able to address and defend my decision refusing CM Dromm’s oath and segue into specialized high school issue: preserving the SHSAT, … Continue reading

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Early News Roundup – Diversity in NYC Public Schools

Early media reports on the City Council hearing on diversity in NYC public schools and the specialized high schools admission test (SHSAT). http://ny.chalkbeat.org/2014/12/11/debate-over-high-school-admissions-test-divides-city-council/#.VIpjP69uguQ http://insideschools.org/blog/item/1000926-specialized-schools-take-center-stage-at-debate-on-diversity http://www.wnyc.org/story/nyc-council-pushes-more-diversity-top-schools/ http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1137802-argument-continues-over-admissions-criteria-for-nyc-specialized-high-schools/

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City Council Education Chair Refuses To Let Fmr Assemblyman Speak On High School Admissions

After waiting 9 hrs to offer my perspective on legislation affecting the admissions process at the city’s specialized high schools (SHSAT), CM Dan @dromm25, chairman of the Council’s Committee on Education, wouldn’t allow me to speak because I refused to be sworn … Continue reading

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79 AD Candidates Debate on BronxTalk TV

On Monday night,  BronxTalk host Gary Axlebank again did Bronx voters a public service by bringing together candidates for state assembly in the 79th AD which spans parts of Melrose, Morrisania, Crotona, Claremont and Concourse Village. Frontrunner (and Mister Moneybags) … Continue reading

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An injustice the Rev can’t bother to fight | New York Post

My latest NY Post column (8/29/2014): On Saturday and again on Monday, TV personality and civil-rights activist The Rev. Al Sharpton spoke of the need to separate bad apples from the bag of good cops. But without skipping a beat, … Continue reading

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Peace Comes To Ed Reform Land

This post has been edited. Since my post, “Trouble In Ed Reforn Land,” appeared online yesterday hinting that AG Eric Schneiderman’s consolidation motion in the teacher tenure cases wasn’t sitting well with Campbell Brown and the heavy hitters behind her … Continue reading

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Trouble In Ed Reform Land

[NOTE: I was informed late Wednesday afternoon that attorneys for plaintiffs in Wright v State of New York had filed a letter advising the Court that they did not oppose the consolidation motion back on Friday, August 22. Click here.] Since … Continue reading

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Quietly last Thursday, August 7, NYS Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a notice of motion for consolidation of two lawsuits challenging teacher tenure citing the involvement of “identical substantive issues.” One, Davids v State of New York was commenced by … Continue reading

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Bronx Senator Diaz Questions US History Regents Essay

Today, my friend and former colleague state senator Rev. Ruben Diaz, Sr. released a copy of his letter to Chancellor Merryl Tisch of the NYS Board of Regents inquiring why students taking the recent US History and Government Regents exam were … Continue reading

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