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January 20, 2016
Q&A: How have large donations affected education policy in New York City?
Professor Jeffrey Henig discusses the changing role of education philanthropy, from Bloomberg to de Blasio.
November 13, 2013
Software engineering, not school grades, on Bloomberg’s agenda today
While a top deputy chancellor was briefing reporters about this year’s school progress reports, Mayor Bloomberg and Chancellor Dennis Walcott were in Midtown announcing…
April 20, 2009
New public school ads hit the subways, some in Spanish
A Spanish-language Keep it Going NYC subway ad. <em>GothamSchools</em> Spanish has been making more and more appearances at the highest levels of city government as Mayor Bloomberg hits the campaign trail, so I wasn't surprised last night when I boarded a subway car and saw one of the by-now-familiar Keep it Going NYC ads boasting about the city's escuelas. When translated, the ad, which is pictured above, reads, "Because we think that the opinion of each person counts, the New York City Department of Education asked all parents, students, and teachers what they think about their schools — 800,000 of them responded." (Our resident Spanish expert offers one correction: The first words after Ciudad de Nueva York should be les preguntó, she notes, lest native speakers think the ad copy is in the first-person.) The ad is part of an ongoing campaign by the Fund for Public Schools, the nonprofit fundraising organization associated with the Department of Education, to promote developments in the city schools since Bloomberg became mayor. The organization purchased subway ads for the first time last fall, and the colorful ads are also at bus stops and on taxi marquees. Below the jump is a (bad) picture I took of the ad atop the taxi that brought Elizabeth and me home from the airport on Friday night.
April 3, 2009
Pressure is mounting on DOE to follow city contracts rules
City Council Member Melinda Katz introduced a resolution asking the state to change the law so that the Department of Education is required to follow…
January 15, 2009
Fact-checking Caroline Kennedy's role at the Dept of Ed
In the Village Voice, Wayne Barrett fact-checks the Bloomberg administration’s party line on how Caroline Kennedy reinvigorated the Fund for Public Schools. What…
December 23, 2008
Questions for Caroline Kennedy about the city's public schools
From the department of questions Caroline Kennedy may or may not answer, here are two I sent to her via her spokesman yesterday: 1.
December 19, 2008
DOE's claim that it's outside of city authority is under scrutiny
Caroline Kennedy is the vice chairman of the Fund for Public Schools. The state assembly's decision to study whether the Fund for Public Schools should be exempt from a state law that asks nonprofits for detailed financial disclosure reports is something to watch. That's because the charity group's exemption stems from a claim that has enabled the city Department of Education to opt out of a list of other laws and protocols: the notion that the Department of Education is not legally a city agency, and therefore doesn't have to follow city law. The claim doesn't come from nowhere; the city school system has been a state-authorized entity since it was created in the 1840s, and only briefly became a fully city-run entity, thanks to a power play by Boss Tweed circa 1873. But the claim is important because it's the reason the DOE has given for exempting itself from a laundry list of other city laws and protocols over the years. So if the assembly forces the Fund to disclose its finances, that could produce a ripple effect. Here's a partial list of laws and protocols the DOE has avoided via this claim, compiled largely from a list Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters put together in testimony (Word doc) to a mayoral control panel recently:
December 18, 2008
What did Caroline Kennedy do at the DOE and why do we care?
Sarah Jessica Parker, Joel Klein, Caroline Kennedy, and deputy mayor Patricia Harris at an October Fund for Public Schools event. Photo by ##http://flickr.com/photos/23357263@N03/2906733823##Rubenstein, via Flickr## As Caroline Kennedy travels across the state in an unusual campaign to become its newest senator, New Yorkers are scrutinizing her work history. Among the questions being asked is how much time she actually spent at the city Department of Education when she headed its fundraising office for nearly two years starting in 2002. Back in 2004, when Kennedy stepped down from her DOE position, David Herszenhorn wrote in the Times: In an interview about eight months into her tenure, she would not say how often she worked at the department headquarters or how many hours she spent on the job, saying only, "I put in as much time as I can." This week, Wayne Barrett argues in the Village Voice that Kennedy's reported fundraising totals at the DOE are merely "hype."
December 8, 2008
Inspired by a Chicago example, songs in the key of the DOE
The Chicago Public Schools employee in charge of running a Web site for the district’s alumni recently created an iTunes mix featuring music by…
November 21, 2008
New ads take public school promotion underground
In the city’s schools, more students are graduating, crime is down, and test scores are on the rise — according to brightly colored…
October 10, 2008
For every education dollar, a different "Sex and the City" star
Cynthia Nixon (left) and Sarah Jessica Parker in “Sex and the City” On “Sex and the City,” they were BFFs, but when it…
October 1, 2008
Go shopping, help schools improve their libraries
Author Nick Bruel read aloud at ##http://www.ps87library.org/EVERYBODYREADSS2008.html##PS 87's Everybody Reads Week## last year. This week only, assuage your guilt about shopping during economic…
September 29, 2008
DOE fundraisers "hope for the best" in an uncertain economy
Last year, the nonprofit Fund for Public Schools, housed at the DOE and key to the department’s recent embrace of public-private partnerships, generated…
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