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Harlem Children's Zone
December 12, 2008
Colbert to Geoff Canada: Are there baby frats at baby college?
Stephen Colbert, who has in recent months hosted KIPP charter school founder Mike Feinberg, cash-for-grades guru Roland Fryer, and New York…
November 25, 2008
Harlem Children's Zone will cut 10% of its staff: WSJ
Another Wall Street Journal report on how the financial crisis is hitting foundations highlights the Harlem Children's Zone. HCZ, run by the mayoral control proponent Geoffrey Canada, was promised $25 million grant by the Starr Foundation, which is run by Maurice "Hank" Greenberg, the former chief executive officer of AIG. Now, the Journal reports: Anyone with a foundation whose endowment is heavily invested in AIG stock "is taking a bath," says Mr. Greenberg, adding that he intends to fulfill current commitments but that gifts would inevitably be fewer and smaller in the months ahead. "You can't give what you haven't got." ... Among the beneficiaries feeling the pinch are Harlem Children's Zone Inc., to which Mr. Greenberg recently pledged $25 million. "I'm spending a lot of time now thinking about how we could replace the kind of support we've received from Wall Street," says Geoffrey Canada, president of the organization, which provides parenting classes and charter schools for poor families. Mr. Canada says he is cutting 10% of his staff of 1,400. Other New York City education projects could be affected.
November 24, 2008
Pro-mayoral control group has new name and will get a blog, too
The nonprofit pro-mayoral control advocacy group that was originally titled MASS, for Mayoral Accountability for Student Success, is now called Learn NY, and its official first day of existence is today. The group has close ties with the Bloomberg administration, but it is not being funded by the mayor, officials said in a background press conference with reporters this morning. Leonie Haimson of Class Size Matters has already done impressive digging into the group's media strategy. A spokesperson for the group confirmed to me today that the blog commenter Haimson noticed voicing his passion for mayoral control is indeed on the payroll of Learn NY. Brian Keeler, an online-media specialist who ran unsuccessfully for state senate in 2006 with the help of a following he built at Daily Kos, has been posting positive comments on this blog, Leonie's, and others. He is also an employee of the Web design firm that built Learn NY's Web site and will write a regular blog on the site, the spokesperson, Julie Wood, said. Something that will surely be asked — especially by critics of mayoral control and the Bloomberg administration, including Haimson — is how much of a "MASS" organization Learn NY really is.
November 24, 2008
Geoffrey Canada suggests sending bad teachers to the suburbs
Harlem Children's Zone CEO Geoffrey Canada announced this weekend that he's launching a new nonprofit, Learn NY, to support mayoral control of the public schools. Canada is toeing the Bloomberg administration line pretty close in this battle. But he does of course have a mind of his own — and sometimes his ideas are unconventional. Last week at the Campaign for Educational Equity symposium at Teachers College, Canada semi-jokingly proposed a redistribution scheme for teachers. "All the lousy teachers, we should send to the upper-middle-class communities," he said. "In those communities a kid could have a lousy teacher and still survive."
November 18, 2008
Geoff Canada: Fixation on "outcomes" will hurt poor communities
Geoffrey Canada (via Flickr) Harlem Children's Zone founder Geoffrey Canada has been a big supporter of Joel Klein and Mayor Bloomberg's education initiatives. So I was surprised yesterday to hear Canada criticize the kind of focused attention on test scores that has characterized their leadership. The education world's focus on basic academic results could put valuable programs at risk as the economy sours, Canada warned yesterday during a conference hosted by TC's Campaign for Educational Equity. He said he worries that the recession will hit poor communities such as Harlem the hardest, as government and private funders slash budgets for education and other services. Canada said that distress could be compounded by the education world's fixation with math and reading performance because other subjects could get short shrift when funds are scarce. "Unfortunately, so much of the discussion is around academic outcomes that people are going to make some false choices," Canada said. "We are going to create a hole that we are not going to be able to dig ourselves out of.”
October 8, 2008
As firms fold, corporate pledges for kids in Harlem at risk
As the economy erodes, so too might the philanthropic investments made by wealthy corporations in communities and schools. From an article in today’s Times…
September 18, 2008
Talking Points Memo tackles Tough's Whatever It Takes
Paul Tough and others knowledgeable about urban education have been discussing his book, Whatever It Takes, at Talking Points Memo’s TPM Cafe…
September 8, 2008
If elected, Obama to export Harlem Children's Zone model
<em>Courtesy of Harlem Children's Zone</em> Barack Obama may not have come out explicitly for the “Broader, Bolder Approach,” but his education and social…
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