UPKNYC: Bill de Blasio's Crusade for the Future

Bill de Blasio just kicked off his official campaign to bring universal pre-kindergarten to all four-year-olds by raising taxes on New York City’s wealthiest citizens. Never mind the winter solstice. We’re blinded by the light.

The new mayor’s plan, a cornerstone of his agenda to combat inequality, aims to close the gap of the nearly 50,000 children, who now spend only half a day in pre-kindergarten—which will decidedly not do the trick—or who have no access whatsoever to the kind of high-quality early learning experiences so critical to school readiness and academic competence. To foot the bill, . . . Read full article →

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Time-Out in a Padded Cell: Child Abuse at a KIPPS School in NYC

Just as the season of joy and light was getting underway, I learned that a kindergartner and a first grader at the KIPP Star Elementary School in Washington Heights had been repeatedly detained in a “calm-down” room about the size of a walk-in closet.

Yes, you heard me. I have my evidence—from a tiny jewel of a piece of investigative reporting by Rachel Monahan and Ben Chapman at the Daily News, excerpts of which follow:

“He was crying hysterically,” said Teneka Hall, 28, a full-time Washington Heights mom whose son, Xavier, was rushed to the hospital . . . Read full article →

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Think Tanks: Get with the Program on Human Capital

I love how the think tanks are putting their social and intellectual capital to work in the service of fighting inequality. We can’t have enough people on board. Which is why I was happy to catch up with the Economic Policy Institute’s interactive website, inequality.is

Robert Reich, Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration (Bill’s, that is) tells the tale in his calm, rational voice, which belies his outrage at the fact that 1 percent of Americans are taking home nearly 20 percent of the country’s total income, owning 35 percent of . . . Read full article →

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