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Mayor Bill de Blasio should waive rent for charter schools but ask for something else in return: transparency

Last week, Mayor Bill de Blasio cancelled plans for three new charter schools to use rent-free space in public schools for next year. De Blasio did campaign on the promise to charge rent for charter schools that shared space with public schools. His decision last week left most of the 49 other charter contracts untouched, […]

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De Blasio’s Pre-K Plan Deserves a Chance

The case for universal pre-K is a no-brainer. By investing in our children early, and with the right resources, would equip them with the tools necessary not only to succeed in kindergarten, but in overall educational attainment.

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Cuomo Wants To Fund Quality Pre-K the Fair Way

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is giving the new mayor of New York City an elementary lesson in state politics: a governor with a 61-percent approval rating trumps a 41-percent election win any day, especially when the governor is Cuomo. When the policy in dispute is about how to fund pre-kindergarten for all children, Cuomo holds all […]

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Charter Schools: Got Rent?

Last October, thousands of charter school parents swarmed Cadman Plaza to protest then-mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio’s open opposition to the booming charter school industry in New York City.  They chanted and marched across the Brooklyn Bridge to City Hall. Their message? “Charter schools are public schools.” Technically speaking, they’re right. The New York City […]

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The Fringes are Wrong About Common Core

For once, the far left and right agree on something. But they are also disastrously wrong.

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Yes to Gov. Cuomo’s Merit Pay Policy

Merit pay for teachers makes intuitive sense. By rewarding the best with cash bonuses, the theory goes, teachers will respond by working harder. Students will, in turn, perform better. Bright young people will be drawn to a profession that rewards excellence. Bad teachers will get the point and look for the exit door. Such is […]

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No to Gov. Cuomo’s Merit Pay Policy

“Education cannot be improved by bribing teachers!” This is the slogan on Beth Glazer-Schettino’s petition on change.org, the popular website that allows users to promote their movements for social change. Glazer-Schettino, a schoolteacher from Huntington, N.Y., is urging her colleagues and the general public to join her in demanding that the New York State Legislature […]

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School Report Cards Can Motivate Students

When the Provost of Miami Edison Senior High School, Dr. Pablo Ortiz, interrupted seventh period over the public address system, everyone knew something big was happening: “Teachers, apologies for interrupting your class. Beginning with the third floor, please bring your students to the auditorium immediately.” There was collective groan from the teachers in the building, […]

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School Report Cards Hide Real School Data

During his campaign for mayor, Bill de Blasio called for an end to the letter grades the city gives to each public school in New York. He called them “blunt instruments” that don’t give the nuanced portrait that policymakers, teachers, students, and parents deserve. His spokeswoman said last month that the grades offered “little real […]

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