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Opinion: All of My Special Education Students Are Ready for State Tests

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A teacher at a Success Academy charter school makes the case that her network's approach helps even the most challenged students achieve results.  
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Opinion: I Teach Music. Why am I Judged on English Test Scores?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A New York City music teacher proposes a better way to evaluate her and other colleagues who are not teaching subjects covered by state tests.
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Opinion: The Power of Students Teaching Students

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Two counselors recommend pairing middle school kids with college and high school mentors rather than adults. One student called his mentor “my older brother that I never had.”
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Opinion: Seventh Grade Matters. A Lot.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña says adults have a big role to play in the lives of pre-teens. They should be firm yet flexible, and maintain a healthy sense of humor.
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OPINION: New York's Budget Debate Must Focus More on Children

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

An advocate presses New York lawmakers to pay attention to the return on investments when it comes to supporting children as they negotiate next year's budget.
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OPINION: Cuomo's 'Power Grab' Over Schools Will Spark Suburban Backlash

Monday, February 02, 2015

A New York City education professor argues against Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to rely even more on test scores when it comes to rewarding local school districts and teachers.
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OPINION: Conversations Offline Prevent Shaming Online

Monday, December 29, 2014

Teens who debated online about a violent video game found they faced many of the same issues raised by the game itself.
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Opinion: How I Would Fix New York's Graduation Requirements

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A teacher who faces demoralized students struggling with exit exams they need to pass to earn a diploma argues for another way, with targets that kids actually aspire to meet.
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Opinion: Hold NYC Schools Accountable for Arts Education

Thursday, November 13, 2014

New York City is the cultural capital of the country. This opinion piece argues that the city schools should reflect that, with mandatory arts education.  
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Opinion: De Blasio Must Put Reducing Class Sizes at Top of His Agenda

Thursday, November 06, 2014

Two early childhood experts urge New York City's mayor to put his money where the research is: small class sizes help all kids learn better.
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Disgruntled Brooklyn Parents Want to Know: Do You Hate the Middle School Search as Much as They Do?

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

 "Probably the most stressful parenting endeavor I have yet encountered." That's what one parent said in a survey of District 15 parents about the search for a middle school.
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Opinion: We Need More Diverse Children's Books on the Shelves Now

Monday, October 13, 2014

Sure a book needs to be good to interest a child but it also needs to be put in front of them in the first place. Parents and educators need to diversify their books shelves.
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Opinion: Make School Choice a Reality for All New York City Teens

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

New York City is home to hundreds of high schools, many of them excellent. A Bronx community leader argues that more teens should know about them.
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Opinion: One Well-Placed Volunteer Can Add 900 Hours to a Student's Learning Time

Friday, September 12, 2014

There are lots of ways to help kids who need it. Two education leaders celebrate the teaching volunteers from AmeriCorps on the 20th anniversary of the program. 
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Opinion: Time to Tackle Class Size

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Longtime advocates for smaller class sizes say now is the ideal time for the city to live up to its 2007 commitment to bring down the number of children in every grade level.

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Opinion: Blaming Tenure May Be Free But it's a Cheap Shot

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

A local teacher weighs in on the recent ruling against tenure rules in California, arguing that there are bigger challenges than tenure putting low-income students at a disadvantage.

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Opinion: In the Clamor for Pre-K, Don't Forget About the Earlier Years

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Daycare centers are bracing for a mass exodus of teachers to the city's expanded pre-kindergarten classrooms. One mother argues the instability will be harmful to the city's youngest, those ages 0 to 3, whose healthy development hinges on stable relationships with adults.

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Opinion: Five Ways to Keep Struggling Students in College

Friday, May 23, 2014

Only about 10 percent of low-income students admitted to college actually graduate. Two educators outline solutions to the crisis.

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Opinion: NYC Teachers Need More Help to Combat Burnout

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A teacher urges the city and the union to stem the loss of talented teachers who give up on New York City schools.

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Mulgrew: Teachers Drive Reforms in New Labor Contract

Friday, May 09, 2014

The delegates approved the labor contract but there is still a vocal group of critics who are encouraging members of the teachers union to reject the nine-year deal. Here the union president offers his argument for a 'yes' vote.

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