De Blasio Refuses to Close Schools

By George Huber

Even though CNN continuously rolled coverage of a“killer” winter storm heading for New York on February 13th, Mayor Bill de Blasio decided that New York’s public schools would remain open.  CBS New York reported extensively on the mayor’s explanation of his decision, as well as the criticism he received from his constituents and other public figures.  Read more

Common Core, Common Problems

By Chris Bosch

The tougher Common Core education standards in New York are in hot water again.  Politico recently reported that one of the nation’s largest teachers unions, New York State United Teachers, unanimously withdrew its support for the current approach to implementing Common Core, insisting on a three-year moratorium on the high-stakes consequences linked to Common Core exam grades, such as student graduation and teacher employment determinations. Read more

Bringing Food Justice to NYC

by Alex Cardenas

A wave of NYC cooperatives is attempting to bring food justice to under-served communities with new business models and locally grown vegetables.  A recent article in the New York Times describes several New York City-based co-ops and their business models, while also highlighting numerous efforts throughout the country to develop more of these food co-ops.  Read more

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