Breakfast With the NYC Deputy Mayor for Strategic Initiatives

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Brian joins Erik Engquist, assistant managing editor of Crain's New York Business, as moderators of a breakfast forum with NYC deputy mayor for strategic initiatives, Richard Buery, who talks about the roll-out of universal pre-K.


Richard Buery and Erik Engquist

Comments [12]


The test for Stuyvesant, Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech should remain. There is nothing subjective about a math test: you either learned the formulas or you didn't. No one can grade you on style or how much you know about John Andre's activity during the Revolutionary War. And you(or your parents) either want to learn the formulas or you don't.
Obviously Asian parents (immigrant or otherwise) want and demand that their children learn the formulas since Stuyvesant is now overwhelmingly Asian. Unfortunately, black parents are not demanding the same diligence of their children as evidenced by only 9 black children being admitted to Stuyvesant last year.
Stuyvesant has always been a place of meritocracy it should not become a place of remedial learning.

May. 28 2014 06:11 PM
Jessie Henshaw from Way Uptown

It's SO crazy... to say poverty is basically a matter of money.

Giving people money doesn't tell them how to use it for what matters to them, does it. NO! The problem of poverty is **cultural**, in that people who don't know how to succeed very generally didn't grow up in a culture containing the wisdom of what works.

May. 28 2014 10:50 AM
Francine Almash from Brooklyn, NY

Listening to people in leadership speak about "barriers to education" makes me crazy. No one is examining just how much the community schools themselves are the ones creating the barriers. I have seen aids at my son's school literally turn kids away from the free breakfast. Kindergarteners were banned from the program as a school policy so those parents were repeatedly refused entry (even if they had older children attending breakfast). I also saw aids remove children who were dropped off at breakfast because they said they were not hungry. Those children were forced to wait in the school yard until the main doors opened. This may seem like a small issue, but it is indicative of how the school approaches the community across the board. I don't think anyone is really discussing just how deep the dysfunction in public education runs. I have three children in three different schools ranging from special education to honors and it has been a nightmare all around. Without a sweeping overhaul of the attitudes of the teachers and administrators leading so-called "community" schools, there will never be real change.

May. 28 2014 10:48 AM

Metrics are important but a quality music program (1) doesn't mean your child will be playing Rachmaninov any time soon and (2) doesn't mean your child will magically be musically proficient with little effort from the child himself.

May. 28 2014 10:46 AM
john from office

I got into Brooklyn Tech via the exam, in the 70's, when the liberals of the day allowed in "students" from the area to fill some racial quota, it made the school a scary place and resulted in crime and muggings. Don't do the same to the great schools we have today.

May. 28 2014 10:42 AM
andy from manhattan

This is really pathetic on my end, but I just wish the Deputy Mayor didn't lisp. I can't figure out why it drives me so crazy, but I have trouble even listening to him at all.

May. 28 2014 10:38 AM

The stigma of free or reduced lunch has been around for at least 3 decades. It's not new and not sure if it has anything to do with school but everything to do with "fitting in".

May. 28 2014 10:33 AM
Jake S

Yes, Brian has done no segments on Pope Francis. Zero. I too would think this if I never listened to the show or bothered to do any research at all.

It's a two-hour program that covers local/national news, arts, culture, and many other things. Your pet issue is not going to get covered every day. There are plenty of media outlets that talk about all things Catholic if that's what you want.

May. 28 2014 10:30 AM
fuva from harlemworld

Really, an administration that uses the term "achievement gap" in reference to black and brown kids that hear this term will likely be unsuccessful in addressing their challenges.

May. 28 2014 10:19 AM
Joyce from NYC

We are getting there -- complete state control of the upbringing of our children.

(By the way -- where to these guys learn to string together so much jargon?????)

May. 28 2014 10:18 AM
john from office

Ed, if the Pope wore the flag as a doo rag and rapped or wrote nonsense or I should say "street lit", Brian would be all over it.

So the Pope is not hip enough.

Look for the words empowerment and empower in this segment.

May. 28 2014 10:12 AM
Ed from Larchmont

No shows on the papal visit to the Middle East? The Vatican might become the next peace broker between the two countries.

May. 28 2014 08:12 AM

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