What’s Poverty Got to Do With Education?

Read at HuffPo (Huffington Post) I recently time-traveled with Peter Edelman, who resigned from the Clinton Administration in protest against the 1996 legislation that ended “welfare as we know it.” Citing all the social justice luminaries of the past century — including his wife, the Children’s Defense Fund founder and …

Teacher War Rages in NYC: Take an Olive Branch From Early Ed

Read at HuffPo (Huffington Post) Last week, as New York City’s teachers were wrapping up their mid-winter recess, the NYC Department of Education set off a bomb. Lifting an embargo on the publication of Teacher Data Reports, which rate teachers on the basis of their students’ test scores, the DOE …

Preschool Teacher Sells Chili to Make Ends Meet: Where Are Our Values?

Read at HuffPo (Huffington Post) On the eve of the Florida primary, as Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney battled it out, the New York Times offered up “Years of Despair Add to Uncertainty in Florida Race.” Among the afflicted, leading the pack, was a preschool teacher. With her home in …