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Stop Weiner now

Posted by Sonia on July 6, 2013 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

JULY 1, 2013 11:41 PM

After Job Cut Vow, Parent Coordinators Union PAC Splashes Anthony Weiner Sexting Pix


Anthony Weiner wants to take parent coordinators out of the city's public schools. Now, their union's PAC is on a mission to take him out -- and they're kicking it off by splashing his cringeworthy self-portraits on the web.




District Council 37's Local 372 has launched a pre-primary broadside against the ex-co...

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Flatbush autistic artist struggling after artwork featured at the Met and Lincoln Center

Posted by Sonia on August 11, 2012 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (0)

For one gifted autistic artist from Flatbush, a once- promising future has quickly come into doubt.

After Amoako Buachie, 21, was last featured in the Daily News, his paintings hung from the walls of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Lincoln Center.

But now Buachie is out of school with no artistic guidance and his mother fears that if he doesn’t get help soon, his dreams of becoming a working artist will soon be dashed.

“I’m very worried about it. It ...

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Why Teachers Quit, And Why We Can?t Fire Our Way To Excellence

Posted by Sonia on August 11, 2012 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

In the past few weeks, two major reports on teacher turnover and retention have been released. One was rolled out with extensive media coverage, and has been the subject of much discussion among policymakers and education commentators. The other was written by me, along with Teachers College doctoral student Clare Buckley.


The first report, “The Irreplaceables: Understanding the Real Retention Crisis in America’s Urban Schools,” was prepared by TNTP, an or...

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Gov. Cuomo to veto special ed bill that could make it easier to send kids to private or religious schools

Posted by Sonia on August 10, 2012 at 1:05 PM Comments comments (0)

ALBANY — Gov. Cuomo Tuesday plans to veto a controversial special education bill that critics charged would have made it easier for parents to send their children to private or religious schools at taxpayer expense, a source confirmed Monday.

The legislation, which was approved with bipartisan support by the Senate and Assembly earlier this year, would have required public schools to consider “home environment and family background” when deciding whether to place a s...

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Preventing sexual abuse is focus of training for clergy, others at Staten Island workshop

Posted by Sonia on June 6, 2012 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A taboo topic which is very much in the news these days will be the focus of a free child abuse prevention program on June 28 at Temple Emanu-El in Port Richmond.


While the event is open to all, the flier specifically invites clergy, community leaders, teachers, parents and concerned adults.


Rabbi Gerald Sussman said he is hosting the event because he sees it as an opportunity to provide an important service to the entire community ...

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Posted by Sonia on June 6, 2012 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Job Creation Effort from your NYS Governor:


Job Creation Effort from your NYS Governor:


Governor Cuomo is using your hard-earn taxes and says that he is working hard to put "our economy back on track and get unemployed New Yorkers back to work."


As part of National Job Fair Month, the Governor announced that New York State is holding 11 job fairs across the state. These job fairs, which begin tomorrow, bring together more than 375 emplo...

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Parent Coordinator Allocation

Posted by Sonia on June 5, 2012 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (2)

Parental involvement is a core tenet of the Mayor’s and the Chancellor’s Children First Reform

Agenda. As part of Children First, each school is allocated supplemental resources to establish a

parent coordinator position. The coordinator serves to involve parents in their child’s learning and

life in school and responds to parent concerns. Schools are allocated personnel and other than

personnel (OTPS) funds, as detailed in the attached table.

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We have some great news!

Posted by Sonia on June 5, 2012 at 8:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Last night, the NYS Assembly passed legislation allowing New York City to make kindergarten mandatory.

Our heartfelt thanks to Speaker Silver, Assemblywoman Nolan, and every member of the Assembly who voted in favor of this important legislation.  A special thank you as well to everyone who's signed our online "Kindergarten is a Right!" petition.

Thousands of children enter the first grade each year without ever having set foot in a classroom simply because kin...

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