#UpliftBlackScholarship

By Elise Harris Last week, as academia took a much-needed break from “business as usual” during #ShutDownAcademia to engage in praxis–action and reflection–in solidarity with the fight for humanizing Black lives, I found myself revisiting the “OG” Black female scholars who pushed and persisted in academic spaces to humanize how Black children, youth, families, and […]

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 Depolicing Schools

By Norm Fruchter During this moment of nation-wide opposition to police killings of Black men and women, we should consider ending two longstanding NYC public school security policies–the NYPD’s control of the city’s School Security Agents, and the imposition of metal detectors in selected city schools.  So, kudos to Chalkbeat’s Alex Zimmerman for reporting on […]

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 New York City’s Affinity District (Part 3): Decentralization and the governance context of NYC schools

By Norm Fruchter From the 1970s to 2002, all the city’s schools including the alternative high schools operated within a partially decentralized citywide education governance structure.  Locally elected school boards in 32 community school districts across the city were responsible for maintaining and supporting all elementary and middle schools and appointing district superintendents to manage […]

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 New York City’s Affinity District (Part 2): The Origins

By Norm Fruchter The roots of the Affinity District lie in the 1960’s, a period of fierce ferment in U.S. public education. During that decade, civil rights activists, scholars, and critics in key disciplines challenged the nation’s dominant beliefs about the equity and effectiveness of our public schools. Revisionist historians demonstrated the severe class, racial […]

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 New York City’s Affinity District (Part 1): What is it?

By Norm Fruchter Peter Goodman’s Ed in the Apple blog provides an invaluable resource to New York City’s education communities. Goodman, a former high school history teacher and union chapter chair, regularly analyzes key issues in city, state, and national schooling. His late February (2020) posting highlighted the school system’s Affinity District, in which six […]

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 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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