Misplaced: Mistreating Developmental Difference

By Norm Fruchter New York City’s Independent Budget Office (IBO) recently issued a study showing that the late calendar year birth dates of some of the city’s public school students were strongly correlated with those students’ placements in special education programs. NYC’s birthdate cut-off for kindergarten is December 31st, much later than in many other […]

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 Remembering Courtney Everts Myktykyn

By Matt Gonzales At 5 pm on New Year’s Eve, I learned of the passing of Courtney Everts Mykytn. I was stunned. My original plan was to have a relaxing night home and out of the cold, but after receiving the news, I could not be alone. Instead, I took an hour-long train from uptown […]

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 “Unlovely Student Distributions”: A Rebuttal to Chester Finn’s “Even More Social Engineering in New York Schools”

By Norm Fruchter In late November in the Fordham Institute’s Flypaper, Chester Finn disparaged New York City’s Community School District 15’s effort to reduce segregation and improve integration across the district’s eleven middle schools. (The NYC school system, serving 1.1 million students, is divided into 32 administrative districts.)  Finn framed District 15’s reform as “social […]

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 For Judith

By David E. Kirkland I met Regent Judith Johnson shortly after I became executive director of NYU Metro Center. She requested to meet with me, personally extending an invitation “to talk” via email. Hers was always a personal touch. Rather than having her assistant reach out to me, she reached out herself. Our first conversation […]

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 The Spoils of Whiteness: New York City’s Gifted and Talented Programs

By Norm Fruchter In 1973, the Vincent Astor Foundation funded New York City to initiate programs for gifted students in 40 Manhattan and Brooklyn schools. In 1983, after I was elected to the Community School Board in Brooklyn’s District 15, I learned that our district had developed Astor program gifted tracks—one class to each grade—in […]

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 How Participatory Research Can Undo the “Single Story”

By Joanna Geller Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Ted Talk “The Danger of a Single Story” turned 10 years old this summer, yet her message still resonates. Adichie cautions that stories become dangerous when they “show a people as one thing, only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become.” She defines this […]

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