Posts tagged New York

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De Blasio, who made universal prekindergarten the centerpiece of his first months in office, announced that the expected pool of those applying to teach prekindergarten in September should top 8,000, far more than the 1,000 new teachers he says is needed. Another 1,000 would be needed the following year when the program expands further.

The announcement is the latest in recent weeks — following ones on prekindergarten applicants and another on obtaining the necessary classroom space — seemingly meant to fill in details of the previously vague prekindergarten ideas de Blasio trotted out during his mayoral campaign. The show of readiness also appeared intended to impress Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has said that a city’s plan needs to be “operationalized” before it can receive state funding.

"The classrooms are ready. The teachers are ready. New York City is ready to make history," de Blasio said. "It’s well-established there is a need to fix our schools and that early childhood education is a fundamental way to do that."

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Mayor says New York City is ready for pre-K - Education Week

Early childhood education is the BEST way to improve schools, IMHO.

NY charter schools worry about mayor-elect's plans

NEW YORK (AP) — Operators of New York City’s publicly financed, privately run charter schools are bracing for changes promised by Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio — including the possibility of having to pay rent — that they worry could reverse 12 years of growth enjoyed under Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

De Blasio has pledged to charge rent to “well-resourced” charter schools and has called for a moratorium on allowing new charters to share buildings with traditional schools, taking aim at a Bloomberg policy that helped the schools grow from 17 to 183 during his time in office. The policy has also led to complaints that the charters draw an unfair amount of resources. “It is insult to injury to give them free rent,” de Blasio said last summer, while campaigning for the Democratic nomination.

Charter school backers around the country are watching to see what happens in New York — which they consider an incubator for the charter school movement — while de Blasio supporters hope that the changes help fulfill his campaign promise to improve educational access for all children. De Blasio takes office on Jan. 1.

PS 22 Chorus - Still Crazy After All These Years by Paul Simon Cover

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How can you not just love what Mr. B. and his students create?  Every song leaves my jaw hanging.  From their youtube page:

PS22 Chorus was formed in the year 2000. We are an ever-changing group of 5th graders from a public elementary school in Staten Island, New York. PS22 is NOT a school for the arts,. and the chorus is not a magnet program. PS22 Chorus just features ordinary children achieving extraordinary accomplishments — musically and otherwise.

PS22 Chorus has been featured on Oprah, Nightline, Good Morning America, The Today Show, MTV, Sesame Street, and, perhaps most notably, at the 2011 Academy Awards, closing the show with a stunning rendition of “Somewhere of Over The Rainbow!”

The chorus has performed for President Obama, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Stevie Nicks and a host of others. The kids have sung with Katy Perry, Queen Latifah, Tori Amos, Kylie Minogue, Celtic Woman, Crowded House, Freelance Whales, Little Dragon, V V Brown, and many more amazing artists! They even sang backup vocals on the critically acclaimed album Manners from Passion Pit!

I am so inspired by Mr. B.  I can see how the Arts (although not something I am strong in) can transform education.   

[Edit: I’ve been following them for so long I notice all of the changes in Mr. B.’s hair over time.  Is that weird?]