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Foster, Kesi – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
Every day in New York City, between 90,000 and 100,000 young people, almost all of them Black and Latina/o, must show up to school thirty to forty-five minutes before their first class begins because they attend schools with metal detectors and scanners. School administrators and policymakers have accepted this scenario as part of Black and…
Descriptors: Discipline Policy, Urban Schools, Community Involvement, Student Participation
Capers, Natasha; Shah, Shital C. – Voices in Urban Education, 2015
In this article, Shital Shah, who supports community schools as assistant director for educational issues at the American Federation of Teachers, and Natasha Capers, a coordinator for the New York City Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ), a parent-led collaborative of unions and community organizations, discuss the community schools movement…
Descriptors: Community Schools, Equal Education, Parent Participation, Partnerships in Education
Chatterjee, Oona – Voices in Urban Education, 2014
The election of Mayor Bill de Blasio in November 2013 was a historic moment for proponents of student-centered, equity-driven public education. During the campaign, de Blasio ran on an agenda of ending New York City's "Tale of Two Cities" and elevated a comprehensive vision for improving the city's more than 1,800 public schools as a…
Descriptors: Public Education, Educational Opportunities, Community Organizations, Community Coordination
Easton, Billy – Voices in Urban Education, 2014
New York City's new mayor, Bill de Blasio, represents a dramatic shift from his predecessor Michael Bloomberg in the area of education. Bloomberg was a national trendsetter on market reforms focused on privatization, testing, and competition. De Blasio was elected on an agenda of classroom investments, student supports, parent and community…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Change Strategies, Metropolitan Areas, Strategic Planning
Guevara, Fiorella – Voices in Urban Education, 2014
A change in political leadership typically signals a growth in organizing campaigns to find and endorse the candidate with ideas most similar to their own. However, what if instead of focusing on finding the best candidate, organizing groups decided to focus on the conversation? How would you then use an election to engage the members of the…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Educational Change, Educational Practices, Change Strategies
Weinberg, Phil; Sweet, Kim; Israel, Doug; Sullivan-Yuknis, Liz – Voices in Urban Education, 2014
During the 2013 New York City mayoral race, the coalition A+ NYC--made up of community organizers, social service and advocacy groups, and other citywide and statewide groups--set out to ground the education conversation in research and proven practices. In a campaign called PS 2013, A+ NYC brought together education experts and practitioners as…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Formation, Stakeholders, Expertise
Vinocur, Julian – Voices in Urban Education, 2014
For nearly a decade, New York City education groups organizing to improve education under Bloomberg could regularly be found protesting on the steps of City Hall. Before the 2013 mayoral race, a typical education protest would--at its best--earn media coverage from a couple of outlets. The fact that parents, students, and teachers rally for more…
Descriptors: Debate, Mass Media Use, Educational Policy, Educational Change
Noguera, Pedro – Voices in Urban Education, 2014
In this first 2014 issue of "Voices in Urban Education," Oona Chatterjee, the Annenberg Institute's associate director for New York City organizing, interviews Pedro Noguera, the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University, a noted researcher and national commentator on topics such as urban school reform, conditions that…
Descriptors: Elections, City Government, Metropolitan Areas, Educational Policy
Fernández, María C.; Williams, Ocynthia – Voices in Urban Education, 2014
For over a decade, students and parents in New York City have organized in coalitions across boroughs to fight for an equitable, just school system for all public school students. In a time when the Department of Education (DOE) centralized all power in the hands of one mayor and one schools chancellor, the Urban Youth Collaborative (UYC) and the…
Descriptors: Activism, Parent Participation, Local Government, Student Participation
Shaakir-Ansari, Zakiyah – Voices in Urban Education, 2014
In May 2013, this author moderated the first mayoral debate in New York City. It was held at New York University with hundreds of parents, students, and teachers in attendance. There were more than sixty media outlets, including MSNBC. The debate had attracted national press, thanks to Anthony Weiner's entry the day before into the New York City…
Descriptors: Public Education, Metropolitan Areas, Educational Change, Parent Role
Sylvan, Claire – Voices in Urban Education, 2013
The last several decades have made clear that large numbers of immigrants still see America as a land of opportunity--and this influx of students has had a strong impact on the K-12 educational system. Most of the million-pupil increase in the public school population in the decade between 2001 and 2011 is due to the increase in English language…
Descriptors: High School Students, Global Approach, High School Freshmen, Models
Foley, Ellen; Mishook, Jacob; Lee, Jaein – Voices in Urban Education, 2013
Despite some cuts to the nation's oldest Federal College Access Programs, known as the TRIO programs (e.g., Upward Bound), new education policies have emphasized college and career readiness. In 2010, Congress approved the College Access Challenge Grant Program, which aims to increase the number of low-income students who are ready for college.…
Descriptors: School Districts, Government Role, Program Development, College Readiness
Carrano, Jared – Voices in Urban Education, 2013
Over the past three years, the College Readiness Indicator Systems (CRIS) project has afforded New Visions for Public Schools an opportunity to reflect upon their college readiness systems and practices. Through their involvement in the project, they have been able to explore various strategies for ensuring that their students graduate from high…
Descriptors: Public Schools, College Readiness, Skill Development, Developmental Studies Programs