Alleged Threats Against Chance...

Feb 20, 2020 by

In the wake of non-specific alleged threats targeting Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza, which the Department of Education is...

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Reader Blames NYSUT For Family...

Feb 13, 2020 by

The best performance I ever saw of Oscar Wilde’s play “The Importance of Being Earnest” featured a cast of student...

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The Protecting the Right to Or...

Feb 11, 2020 by

One of the most pro-labor bills in decades was passed by the House of Representatives last week, but was instantly slapped down by...

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Lollipops Will Stop The Violen...

Feb 10, 2020 by

Hank Schandel, the principal of MS158Q, has been much in the news in recent weeks. First, for suggesting students should decide for...

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Breaking Up Student Fights

Feb 6, 2020 by

When should teachers intervene to break up fights between students? After reading skewered accounts of instances when teachers...

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Bloomberg in Iowa

Feb 4, 2020 by

The rules have been changed to allow former Mayor Bloomberg to participate in the next Democrat presidential debate.  It came...

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Coronavirus Virus School Proto...

Feb 4, 2020 by

It’s commendable when parents take their children’s education seriously and send them to school even when their kids...

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Dress Codes

Jan 31, 2020 by

So which is it:  fluff, smoke and mirrors, a red herring or an urgent assertion of human rights? The latest topic bedevilling...

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Carranza In Bayside

Jan 29, 2020 by

One of the key components of schools Chancellor Carranza’s philosophy, which he has infused into Department of Education...

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FBI/ Academic Fraud Investigat...

Jan 28, 2020 by

The FBI is reportedly investigating allegations of grade-fixing, cheating, potential academic fraud, complicity and wider corruption...

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Bedlam and Hope

Jan 25, 2020 by

Bail reform is a  bold and righteous idea. It is driven by a sound and morally-binding concept.  But to a degree it has...

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Reflection on Dr. Martin Luthe...

Jan 23, 2020 by

“Thank you, Martin!” An acquaintance of mine said that on Dr. Martin Luther King Day last week.  I thought he was...

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Teachers Choice

Jan 16, 2020 by

Teachers Choice, a program that annually reimburses teachers up to $250 and other educational titles lesser amounts for classroom...

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Hate Crimes/ Hate Speech

Jan 15, 2020 by

The Department of Education has rapidly responded to the latest wave of hate speech. Next year they will roll out a syllabus designed...

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Supervisors and Student Discip...

Jan 14, 2020 by

Teachers and school principals are natural adversaries but that does not mean they must be antagonists. A healthy dynamic tension is...

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Victory Against Unlawful Retal...

Jan 13, 2020 by

Francesco Portelos is a whistle-blower against whom a war of retaliation lasting several years was waged. It cost him his position in...

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The US Census: Meaning, Mobili...

Jan 8, 2020 by

The year of the first US census, Mozart was in his last full year of life and Marie Antoinette still had her head. Now it’s...

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Principal Abolishes Deadlines ...

Jan 8, 2020 by

Just before winter break, I almost needed the Heimlich Maneuver when I almost choked.  Food was not involved.  Instead it...

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Memorial to a Former Colleague...

Jan 2, 2020 by

During the vacation just ended, I lost a dear friend and former teaching colleague named Lenora. She was a fine educator in every...

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Holiday Greeting Etiquette

Dec 19, 2019 by

A retired New York City public school teacher who writes letters to community newspapers that are published almost weekly, currently...

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