She is also on the board of Network for Public Education, a new national organization devoted to preserving and improving our public schools.
Parent advocate Leonie Haimson wants more New York parents to know that the state has agreed to share sensitive information about their children’s education with a national data-sharing system run by inBloom. While state and city officials have tried to reassure families that privacy is a top priority for them, concerns remain. She answers some of our questions about inBloom Inc.
A parent-activist gave the movie "Won't Back Down" two thumbs down because, among other things, it oversimplifies the choices facing parents today. Most parents don't want to turn their schools over to private operators. Instead, she argues, they want neighborhood schools to have smaller class sizes, more art, music and science, and less time spent on standardized tests.
The writer, who broke the story of the pineapple and the hare test question, believes that the state and federal education bureaucracy is becoming inextricably tangled with for-profit testing companies and thus deeply compromised. "Their testing obsession is undermining our schools, not only in this city, but nationally,'' she writes.
In some states, parents frustrated with the public school system may have a new tool to fix their child’s education. Parent trigger laws, passed in some form in four states already, give dissatisfied parents the power to fire teachers, convert a public school to a charter, or even shut down the school altogether. As one can imagine, such a dramatic solution to the problem of public education has created quite a controversy. Parents and educators alike are asking: should parents have their fingers on the trigger of public education?