On October 16, 2013, the Fund for Public Advocacy and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform organized a citywide conference on Parent and Community Engagement, hosted by the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School. Some 150 parent activists, educators, advocates, policy-makers and elected officials participated in workshops, forums, and roundtable discussions. The conference had tw
Community School District 9 in the South Bronx is in crisis. Outgoing Mayor Bloomberg’s education policies have failed to close the achievement gap between District 9 and the City’s most affluent neighborhoods. In 2013, nine out of ten students in District 9 failed the English Language Arts exam, half of elementary and middle schools in the District are on state improvement lists, and only 10% of
Parent Power School- Sat, January 11, 2014 The first Parent Power School of 2014 was focused on how parents can advocate in Albany for the crucial funds that NYC schools need. Participants learned about Mayor de Blasio’s effort to pass a tax on the wealthy to fund full-day pre-k for all four year olds and afterschool programs for all middle school students; as well as the statewide campaign to ad
Address Bad Ed Policy and School-to-prison Pipeline
By Sarah Lahm, Hindsight Community Fellow, January 17, 2014 at 9:30 am
Can we tackle the school-to-prison pipeline without also addressing bad education policy?
According to a recent news report, the Obama Administration wants the nation’s schools to abandon “…overly zealous discipline policies” that are more likely to send students to court than to the principal’s office. The report notes that the students most vulnerable to this are not white, and not female.
In response, I would like the Obama Administration to also abandon its “overly zealous” emphasis on high stakes testing, narrowed curriculums, and loveless learning environments for our nation’s children, through the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), and its more emphatic companion, Race to the Top (RTTT).
What’s more, I would love for Obama Administration officials, such as Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, to admit that there is a clear and troublingconnection between zero tolerance discipline policies and current national education policies, especially for non-white, non-female students.
The Advancement Project, which describes itself as an “action tank” focused on pushing for a “just democracy for those left behind in America,” published a policy paper in 2010 called “Test, Punish, and Push Out: How ‘Zero Tolerance’ and High Stakes Testing Funnel Youth into the School-to-