New Poll: Voters Dislike Bloomberg's Education Policies, but Support LIFO Repeal

New York City voters are taking a dim view of Mayor Bloomberg's education policy, but say they're with him on LIFO repealMay 15, 2011
By Michael A. Harris

A Quinnipiac University poll released last week shows that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has won the support of city voters in his efforts to repeal the state’s last in, first out policy for public school teachers.

With nearly 5,000 teacher layoffs proposed in the mayor’s executive budget, Bloomberg is lobbying state lawmakers to implement a merit based system for determining who stays and who goes. Currently teacher layoffs are based solely on seniority.

Teach In at CUNY

May 13, 2011
Stephanie West

More than twenty faculty and staff from the City University of New York gave lessons today at a massive teach in on Wall Street, part of a major mobilization in Lower Manhattan organized by a coalition of community, labor, and progressive groups Over 100 “classes” took place at the event, which also featured a march and rally.

Child Care is Critical to NYC Families

May 9, 2011
By Councilwoman Annabel Palma

The Executive Budget released Friday May 6, 2011 is one step forward. However, for those low income and working families who rely on subsidized child care, there are more questions than answers at this point.

Ten Ways to Cut Costs in New York Public Schools Without Hurting the Classroom

May 6, 2011

The Alliance for Quality Education released ten concrete recommendations for actions New York State, and school districts, can take to enact cost savings without making classroom cuts. AQE is calling for state leaders to implement a series of legislative changes and promote policies that will enable school districts to implement cost savings in order to redirect funding to the classroom and mitigate cuts. Quick action by the state is urgent as school budgets will be voted on later this month and then districts will move towards implementing cuts for the coming school year. Some highlights of the recommendations include:

Our Children Need Day Care

April 11, 2011
By Kathleen Fox Casale, M.S. Ed.
"Never doubt that a small group of committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead

Neal, I have had the pleasure of meeting you on a few occasions over the years. I am writing to ask you to help us take action with regard to the proposed daycare classroom cuts. This matter is close to my heart because nineteen years ago, I put my only child in daycare so that I could work and go to school.

Parents to Rally at City Hall to Oppose Mayor’s Devastating Cuts to Child Care

NEW YORK - In response to Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed cuts to child care and early education programs cuts which could leave almost 17,000 families without childcare this year parents and their children who will lose child care will gather at City Hall on April 6 at 3pm to say ‘no’ to these heartless cuts. The parents will stand together to urge the City Council to reverse the devastating cuts and prioritize children and their hard working parents. The harmful cuts are a dramatic reversal of the City’s promise to expand early learning opportunities for children and would not only put families and children in unnecessarily difficult situations in tough economic times, but could stunt the educational development of thousands of New York’s children

WHAT:  Parents rally to oppose Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed child care cuts which could leave 17,000 families without affordable options

WHO:  Parents and children at risk of losing child care

WHERE:  City Hall, Manhattan

WHEN:  Wednesday, April 6th at 3:00 PM

Council Needs to Act In Unity

April 4, 2011
By George Penaherrera, Director, East Calvary Nursery

After reading the article about another district council member speak out in outrage makes me wonder, why does this public speaking by council members come out in bits and pieces? One day its Queens, and other day its Manhattan Council etc. If what is going on is such an outrage and unacceptable, why can't all Borough Council Members unify and hold a press conference as the Mayor does?

Analysis of the NYS Budget Agreement Regarding Early Care Education

April 2, 2011
By Kate Breslin, President and CEO, Schuyler Center for Analysis and Advocacy (SCAA)

The Governor and Legislative leaders have reached agreement on the 2011-12 State Budget. Bill language is not yet available, but here is our early information on how funding for early care and learning issues fared:

Citiwide Education Council Elections

March 30, 2011
By Stephanie West

Schools Chancellor Cathie Black today launched the 2011 Community and Citywide Education Council Elections. Applications are posted online for parents interested in serving on 1 of 36 Councils: the Community Education Councils, Citywide Council on High Schools, Citywide Council on English Language Learners, Citywide Council on Special Education or District 75 Council. For the first time, parents can text “APPLY” to 877877 to receive application information, in addition to filling out and submitting their applications online or via mail (standard text messaging rates apply).

Hip Hop Summit Youth Council and Assemblyman Scarborough Host Town Hall Meeting on Child Care

March 29, 2011
By Stephanie West

In an effort to address the Child Care Crisis that threatens the safety and quality of life for children, parents and communities citywide, the Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council (HHSYC) and NYS Assemblyman William Scarborough held a Town Hall Meeting at York College in Jamaica, Queens on March 22nd.

New Elementary School Planned for Lower Manhattan

March 21, 2011
By Fernanda Santos

The Department of Education announced on Monday that it would open an elementary school inside its headquarters at the Tweed Courthouse behind City Hall, a move that could chip away at the longstanding problem of school overcrowding in Lower Manhattan.
To open the school, the department had to engage in a chess game of sorts. The basement at Tweed has doubled as an incubator for several new schools; it currently houses the Spruce Street School, which will move into its own building in September, where it will expand into second grade and eventually grow into eighth grade.

AFSCME Stands with Manhattan BP Stringer - Protect Child Care

Raglan George Jr, Executive Director, District Coucil 1707 March 21, 2011
By Kismet Barksdale

AFSCME District Council 1707, District Council 37 and CSEA stand firm with Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer to fight back against cuts to vital child care services. New York families need affordable, safe and reliable day care to allow people to go to work and prepare children to go to school.

BP Stringer Deplores Devastating Cuts to Child Care

March 16, 2011
By Stephanie West

Blasting the City’s proposal to slash 16,500 child care slots as “a cynical, devastating blow to children, working parents and the well being of future generations,” Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer on Friday March 11th demanded that the City “take full responsibility for the chaos that will be caused by these cuts, and help vulnerable New York families navigate the difficult road ahead.” The Manhattan Borough President was joined by a coalition of parents, advocates and labor leaders.

Save Our Schools - Save Our Seniority

March 14, 2011
By Alan J. Gerson

Seniority for teachers is good for pupils. The seniority system, along with teacher tenure, assure that all students benefit from experienced teachers who have remained independent of clubhouse and internal school system politics.

Devastating Cuts to Day Care Services

March 9, 2010
By Ernest A. Logan, President, CSA

CSA President Says City’s Budget Proposal to Eliminate More than 16,500 Day Care slots will nearly eradicate Early Childhood Education for the Poor Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed FY 2012 budget paints a grim picture for all of New York City, especially for poor working parents and their children.

Among many cuts proposed by the Mayor, the Administration for Children's Services (ACS) will eliminate 16,624 subsidized child care slots due to insufficient federal funding. Nearly 4,000 of those slots, or 197 classrooms, will be taken from community Day Care Centers where the Directors who run these programs are certified educators who provide high-quality early childhood education.

Senate to Vote on Child Care and Head Start Funding

March 8, 2010
By Linda Gomez

On February 19, the House approved legislation (H.R. 1) to cut federal programs by over $60 billion for the current fiscal year.  As part of that bill, funding for child care and Head Start would be cut. The bill must now be considered by the Senate.


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