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June 7, 2019
This Brooklyn teen keeps pressing de Blasio on school segregation during his weekly radio appearance
That thorn in de Blasio’s side: Tiffani Torres, a 16-year-old junior at Pace High School in Manhattan.
May 7, 2018
Asked about a ‘divisive’ tweet about segregation, Carranza directs an Upper West Side parent to implicit bias training
During his first appearance on WNYC’s Brian Lehrer Show, Carranza did not back down from the debate or apologize for his tweet.
Walk it out
February 23, 2018
NYC mayor encourages school walkouts in wake of Florida shooting: ‘If I was a high school student today, I’d be walking out’
Students across the country are planning to walk out of class at 10 a.m. on March 14.
stay the (common) course
November 4, 2015
Tisch urges Cuomo to stick with the Common Core despite the backlash
A week after announcing her plans to step down as Board of Regents chancellor, Merryl Tisch urged the governor to stand by the Common Core standards and exams.
July 28, 2014
Top official says recent department turnover not a sign of problems
Deputy Chancellor Phil Weinberg said recent high-level departures do not indicate turmoil in his office during a segment of the "Brian Lehrer Show" Monday about education technology.
May 23, 2013
Weiner supports co-locations, Catholic schools on first day out
Anthony Weiner's views on education policy became a little clearer on his first full day on the campaign trail, when he told WNYC's Brian Lehrer that he supports letting charter schools use space in public school buildings. The issue puts him at odds with several of his Democratic competitors for mayor, who have said they would impose a moratorium on the space-sharing arrangements. Co-location has induced tension in many school buildings, but it has also allowed the city's charter school sector to thrive, and whether to continue the practice is a major decision facing the next mayor. In fact, on the issue of school choice, Weiner suggested that his support extends well beyond the public school system. He proposed helping non-public schools — he cited cash-strapped Catholic schools in particular — with publicly funded support that they are already entitled to, including technology, health care and security. He first floated the idea in his 2009 policy book "Keys to the City," which he re-released last month.
December 9, 2011
After panel on school choice, critique of city’s system of schools
Chancellor Dennis Walcott is interviewed by WNYC's Brian Lehrer at a forum on public school options. Many of the parents and teachers attending a forum last night about school choice said it was their first time hearing Chancellor Dennis Walcott talk about the Bloomberg administration's school policies. Walcott defended the school choice model that has developed during Bloomberg's tenure at the event, which was organized by the New York Times and WNYC in conjunction with their SchoolBook reporting project. (Listen to WNYC's coverage of the event.) The event took place against the backdrop of a spate of school closures announced by the Department of Education earlier in the day. The city's closure strategy, meant to clear space for better school options, has in large part fueled the increasing number of choices that families face, especially when applying in middle and high school. Parents and teachers we spoke to said the apparent options could be dizzying, even for the most involved families. educators, some parents said they didn't think Walcott's answers got to the root of their concerns. "It's very confusing. The whole process reminds me of voting. People don't engage because there's too much information out there. They don't know how to process all of it," said Tania Cade, who has a child in third grade at P.S. 278 and another in seventh-grade at a gifted-and-talented program in Washington Heights. "I don't think that [Walcott] addressed that issue at all. It's all up to the parents, and God bless those parents who don't have the time or don't speak the language."
March 12, 2009
Stimulus dollars don't force judging teachers based on tests
In his interview with Chancellor Joel Klein this morning, Brian Lehrer of WNYC repeatedly described the $115 billion federal stimulus package for education as being available to states only if they met a steep demand: evaluating teachers based on their students' test scores. Klein agreed, calling the evaluations "a general requirement for states to get the stimulus money." Pressed for specifics on how that would affect the city schools, the chancellor hedged, saying he's waiting for more details from the Obama administration. In fact, a spokesman from the U.S. Department of Education told me that states will receive the stimulus funds regardless of their willingness to evaluate teachers using student test scores. "We’re encouraging states to do merit pay," he said. "But to get all of the stimulus money you don’t have to do merit pay." The notion that there are strings in the main pot of the stimulus money is not entirely off base. The federal DOE is asking states to pledge to do a list of four things with the money before they get it (an occurrence that's scheduled to happen next month, a spokesman told me). Two points on that list also seem to add up to merit pay, or at least provide the ingredients to make it possible — one asking states to improve "teacher effectiveness" and another asking them to create data systems to track students' progress. And President Obama did, just this week, signal his interest in seeing federally funded merit-pay programs expand to 150 districts from a measly 34. Finally, there's another $5 billion pot of money in the stimulus, the "race to the top" fund, that states will have to apply for the use of — and which is dedicated to "innovative" programs that could include performance-based pay. Here are the four criteria states will have to promise their stimulus funds will meet, cribbed from these federal DOE stimulus guidelines:
February 5, 2009
Teacher: Cash-strapped private school families flood my school
A teacher named Mandy Kwan submitted this entry to Brian Lehrer’s Uncommon Economic Indicators project: In the elementary school where I am teaching, I’m…
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