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August 19, 2019
Come hear six Detroit students as they take the stage Friday to share their school experiences
Detroit students will take the stage this Friday to share their school experiences with the community.
October 25, 2018
Lawyer in landmark Endrew F. special education case wins national honor
The Denver lawyer who argued the landmark Endrew F. special education case will be honored by a national disability rights group.
Listening Tour 2018
July 31, 2018
From one parent to another: Learning how to advocate for a child with a disability
The dozen or so mothers, grandmothers and aunts came from different neighborhoods of the city. But they shared something in common: a…
October 12, 2017
New program aims to make advocates out of Memphis high schoolers
Ten schools in Shelby County are participating in the program, which tries to get students involved in education policy issues.
March 2, 2016
Tennessee coalition organizes to advocate for students of color
A new education advocacy coalition emerges from a meeting of 100 educators and civil rights leaders from across Tennessee in Nashville.
April 18, 2013
Bed-Stuy rally shows StudentsFirstNY's organizing challenges
A confrontation between Bedford-Stuyvesant educators and StudentsFirstNY organizers on Wednesday highlighted the group's struggle to organize parents in low-performing schools.
April 27, 2012
Latest skeptic of teachers unions is clothing label's city billboard
This spring, the West Side Highway's typical advertising fare also includes a political message that seems aimed at teachers unions. A billboard advertising Kenneth Cole — the clothing company owned by Gov. Andrew Cuomo's brother-in-law — puns to southbound commuters, "Shouldn't Everyone Be Well Red?" In smaller lettering, the billboard says, "Teachers' Rights Vs. Students' Rights ..." The second line evokes a tension drawn out repeatedly by some critics of teachers unions, including Cuomo, who say that unions' support for teachers' job protections can stand in the way of students' education. The billboard also invites viewers to visit WhereDoYouStand.com, a website maintained by the city-based company, to weigh in on "Issue in the News." This spring, one of the issues is "Should underperforming teachers be protected?"
January 30, 2012
Chelsea parent is an unlikely ally in the school closure fights
Mary Conway-Spiegel (right) talks with Zenobia White, principal of the Academy for Scholarship and Entrepreneurship in the Bronx, while observing a middle school class. After dropping her two sons at their Chelsea elementary school one morning this fall, Mary Conway-Spiegel spent several minutes fiddling with the GPS in her black SUV before it spat out directions to her next stop: a high school 15 miles north, in the Wakefield section of the Bronx. Conway-Spiegel had an appointment with Zenobia White, the principal of a secondary school whose middle grades faced closure by the Department of Education. Conway-Spiegel had no connection to the school, the Academy for Scholarship and Entrepreneurship, before last October, when White responded to a surprise offer from Conway-Spiegel to help ASE combat the stigma of being on the city's shortlist for school closures. The offer came during a round of cold calls that has become an annual ritual for Conway-Spiegel, who has appointed herself surrogate class parent at some of the city's most struggling schools. She defends them under the banner of a one-woman advocacy outfit, called the Partnership for Student Advocacy, and the mantra — repeated almost daily via Twitter — "There are no failing schools."
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