How NY state's definition of "proficiency" was farmed out to a corporation, plus the latest NY and national headlines in education - standardized testing, opt out updates, charter schools, data privacy and a special tweet from Valerie Bertinelli!
Originally aired Sept. 10, 2019 on rocklandworldradio.com
All archives available at NYupdate.org
Following news headlines, we speak to Andom Ghebreghiorgis ("Geh-bruh-gee-or-jiss"), former special education teacher, running for House District NY-16 in the Bronx and Westchester, a seat held for over 30 years by Democrat Eliot Engel. Discussion includes education policy, charter schools, standardized testing, teaching in both public and charter schools, campaign finance and more.
Originally aired 08-20-2019.
[Note: NY Update Host Jake Jacobs endorsed Dr. Jamaal Bowman in this race on June 18, 2019]
Following a week of mass shootings, we discuss education stories showing the effect of the super-wealthy. In California, the NAACP says the dissent against its 2016 charter school moratorium is being led by members who work for the Koch brothers, ALEC and the California charter schools association. We also expose the efforts of billionaire Laurene Powell Jobs to recruit and groom school board candidates through a new TV ad campaign. Also discussed is an eye-opening story about the segregation caused by NYC's gifted and talented program, a new law banning teachers from having weapons in NYS classrooms, and a recap of an interview with Congressional candidate Erica Vladimer, running on a pro-public education platform which makes her our choice for NY-12. Originally aired 08-06-2019.
Lying Trump enflames racial tensions telling The Squad to leave the country, calling Ilhan Omar anti-Semitic, while NY yeshivas fight to continue their education funding fraud during a public comment period on the new enforcement of the substantial equivalency law. Meanwhile charter billionaires score a coup in California, planting Hillary's favorite school privatizer Ann O'Leary in the governor's office. The governor of Puerto Rico is on the way out and also the SCOTUS case that might break the wall separating church and state in the First Amendment.
Originally aired 07-23-19
Related links: https://dianeravitch.net/2019/07/20/leaks-reveal-how-billionaires-shaped-hillarys-education-agenda/
Hear a strong new position against standardized testing by Elizabeth Warren, stong position against charter schools by Bernie Sanders, all about Mondaire Jones who announced a primary challenge against Rep. Nita Lowey in Rockland + Westchester Counties for Congressional District 17. Plus more news headlines and a crazy clip of right wing radio shock jock Sebastian Gorka, a former advisor on the Trump campaign.
Originally aired 7-9-2019
A conversation with Bronx high school English teacher Lola Osoria on her campaign against Nita Lowey in New York's 17th Congressional district. A resident of White Plains, Ocosia explains why she is running against a longtime incumbent, her views on education, climate, campaign finance, healthcare and much more. Originally aired June 28, 2019.
Informative discussion with Trish Gunning, Democratic candidate for District Attorney in Rockland County. We discuss the difficulties in first-time candidates actually getting on the ballot to run for office, her views on the race against Assemblyman Ken Zebrowski and former Supreme Court Judge Tom Walsh, and other issues that affect Rockland county. Interview begins 07:30. Originally aired May 21, 2019.
Note: Gunning spoke briefly about testifying at the historic NYS Legislature Joint Public Hearing on Sexual Harassment - the video for her full testimony is here: https://youtu.be/KLRJtlIvn0Q?t=37789
Following the 2018 elections, a new wave of young candidates has stepped up to run for public office. Interesting views from attorney Schenley Vital who is challenging Republican Don Franchino for a town council seat in Clarkstown the NYC suburb of Rockland County. Also in this episode, updates in the fight against charter schools in New York state. Original air date: 04-16-19
Audio of Amy Klobuchar at the AFT town hall in Yonkers, interview with Assemblyman Harvey Epstein (D-Lower East Side, Manhattan) about his legislation (#A07744) that would notify NY parents of their right to refuse standardized tests (33:00). Plus story of candidate Kat Brezler (15:30), charter lawsuits, DFER propaganda and NY testing news. Originally aired 5-14-19.
Meet Nicole Doliner running for Clarkstown Supervisor in Rockland County, NY. We discuss the duties of the position, Nicole's experience in county government and the possibilities for a greener economy. Learn more about Nicole at https://www.facebook.com/TeamNicole2019/
Originally aired 03-13-19.
Education headlines and fascinating quotes from New York education commissioner MaryEllen Elia from an interview the day after the NY testing system crashed (again). Massive complaints about officially sanctioned lies deception about testing requirements and "tone deafness" as hundreds of thousands of NY families continue to refuse to take the invalid, unpopular tests in protest.
More at The Progressive: https://progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/testing-debacle-in-new-york-national-trend-jacobs-190417/
We talk to Associate Dean of Education/Certification at Long Island University, Dr. Mike Hogan about CFE funding for needy schools, fusion voting, the state of the NYS Democratic party + more. Originally aired March 5, 2019.
The latest in under-reported education news and politics in NY state:
Audio clip of NYS Sen. Robert Jackson on CFE funding, audio of an unhinged candidate for Rockland DA being booed off the stage, discussion of teacher evaluation bill and a little known Republican amendment that could have repealed the law. Originally aired 02/26/19.
Originally aired December 4, 2018. Headlines on charter schools, yeshivas and Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Hakeeem Jeffries, Nancy Pelosi and more. Bonus segment beginning at 37:00 on Trump Collusion investigation.
We asked two NYS Senate candidates their views on charter schools, standardized testing and funding for needy public schools. Jessica Ramos interview taped 10-25-18. David Carlucci interview taped 10-30-18.
Primary results for Cuomo/Nixon, Attorney General, and IDC races, education news update + special guest Cliff Weathers, communications director for Riverkeeper, discusses Indian Point radiation leaks, proposed storm surge barriers for the NYC metro area, Hudson River sustainability and more. Originally aired Sept 18, 2018.
Jia Lee is a special education teacher in NYC for 17 years and a union organizer with MORE-UFT who ran for UFT president. Jia made news as an anti-testing advocate, refusing to administer Common Core tests to students, and has testified in education committee hearings in the US Senate. Aired 7/23/18. Episode 3.
News roundup including Cynthia Nixon on taxing millionaires, a new lawsuit against ultra-orthodox yeshivas who don't teach basic subjects, a teacher exodus from charter schools and more. (Aired 7-23-18)
Episode #2 of NY Update, a discussion with progressive candidate Julie Goldberg about the NYS Senate race in the 38th State Senate District, representing parts of Rockland County, Ossining and Briarcliff Manor.
The first episode of NY Update, covering the yeshiva controversy, new punishments for schools who opt-out, vouchers for religious schools and more.
Related link: https://progressive.org/public-school-shakedown/yeshiva-fever-religious-school-leaders-parents-curriculum-180626/