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The First Symposium of the Deborah Meier Institute

Remapping Progressive Education

Saturday, April 17,  8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Deborah Meier

Pre-registration extended until Monday, April 12


Michelle Fine, CUNY
Pedro Noguera, NYU
Michael Mulgrew, UFT

The Julia Richman Education Complex
317 East 67th Street
New York, NY

$20 – Adults
$15 – Youth – 18 or under
$15 – Groups of 10 or more from one school

Register now

School Sponsors:

AmPark • Art of Teaching Program of Sarah Lawrence College • Banana Kelly • Boston Arts Academy • Brooklyn International • Brooklyn New School • Brooklyn School for Collaborative Studies • Bronx Community Charter School • Bronx New School • Central Park East 1 • Central Park East 2 • City as School • Community School for Social Justice • Earth School • East Bronx Academy • East Side Community High School • El Puente • Ella Baker • Essex Street • Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders High School • Facing History • Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom HS • Fannie Lou Hamer Middle School • Fenway • Global Learning Community • Gotham Arts Academy • Hamilton Heights School • Humanities Prep • International High School at LaGuardia CC • Institute of Collaborative Education • James Baldwin • Landmark • Lehman Alternative Community School – Ithaca • Lyons Community • Manhattan International • Manhattan Village Academy • Middle College HS • Midtown West Elementary School • Mission Hill • Muscota New School • Neighborhood School • PS 3, Manhattan • School of the Future • School Without Walls • University Heights • Urban Academy • Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation • Validus Preparatory Academy • Vanguard

Machiavelli on Broadway:
NYC Charter School Center’s Quest To Turn Teacher Against Teacher

Wall Street tycoons and hedge fund operators have brought America the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, leading to yawning chasms in tax revenues and serious cuts to education funding. From the moment the crisis took hold, the UFT has been waging an all-out campaign to minimize the cuts to all public schools, district and charter. Joining us in that battle have been many community, education advocacy and parent allies. But entirely missing in action have been the organizations of charter school management which are the beneficiaries of Wall Street largesse.

Both the NYC Charter School Center and New York Charter School Association have instead attempted to use the economic crisis and cuts in education funding to pit charter school against district school, charter teacher against district teacher, charter parent against district parent and charter student against district student. They see in it not a potential educational disaster for schools and students, but a political opportunity to be used in their crusade to keep charter school teachers divided from other public school teachers, the better to prevent them from organizing into a union. More »

New York Teacher

New York TeacherHighlights from the April 1 issue of New York Teacher:

In a stinging rebuke of the Department of Education, a state judge on March 26 declared the Panel for Educational Policy’s votes to close 19 schools “null and void,” ruling that the DOE violated new state governance law provisions created to provide meaningful community input in decisions involving the closing or phasing out of schools.

It was an occasion that comes only once in a lifetime. More than 2,500 members of the UFT “family” gathered at the New York Hilton on March 25 to celebrate the golden jubilee of the union that each in some way had helped build into the strong and vibrant institution that it is today.

UFT members are jamming the fax machines, phone lines and mailboxes of Albany legislators in a massive campaign to save city schools from the devastation that as much as $600 million in proposed budget cuts would have on classrooms. More »

New Covenant Charter School:
The Failure of For Profit Management of Charter Schools

On March 23, the Board of Trustees of the State University of New York brought the long saga of New Covenant Charter School in Albany to an end, voting to close at the end of this school year one of the first charter schools to be opened in New York. This decision was the final act in what SUNY called a “difficult history,” which included two consecutive non-renewal recommendations by SUNY’s Charter School Institute and a 2007 vote by New Covenant’s own trustees to close the school due to financial problems.

Families of students attending New Covenant met the decision with dismay, as the loss of the school will disrupt their lives and their children’s education.

New Covenant is the second of the first three schools chartered in New York to be closed.[1] There are two important lessons to be learned from this experience. More »

New Blogs Of Note

In recent days, two new blogs of notes have started which readers of Edwize will want to follow.

Our friends at the Coalition for Educational Justice, a citywide coalition of community and parent groups addressing educational issues, have begun EdVox.

And Dissent Magazine, a venerable journal of the democratic left, has started its blog, Arguing With The World.