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Episode 12: David Carlucci + Jessica Ramos on Public Education

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By Jake Jacobs
A public school teacher discusses education news and policy in New York and beyond. Streaming live Tuesdays at 7-8pm EST on RocklandWorldRadio.com
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Education news and updates - charters, testing + more. Sept 10, 2019
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
September 16, 2019
Congressional candidate for NY-16 Andom Ghebreghiorgis. August 20, 2019
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]
August 23, 2019
NAACP infiltrated? Billionaire propaganda, NYC's gifted + talented program + NY-12 Candidate Erica Vladimer. Aired Aug. 6, 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. Links: https://www.ericaforny.com/ https://www.huffpost.com/entry/naacp-charter-school_n_5d433931e4b0aca3411ab9a4
August 7, 2019
Trump's Racism vs. The Squad, Yeshivas Deny Education, Those Crazy Charter Billionaires. Apr. 23, 2019 Episode
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/ https://www.kappanonline.org/meeting-charter-schools-middle-policy-school-leadership-starr/
July 28, 2019
We argue with Trump advisor Sebastian Gorka plus big news on charter schools, standardized tests + a new Congressional candidate. Aired July 9, 2019.
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
July 16, 2019
Lola Osoria, Candidate for Congress in NY-17. Aired 6-28-19
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.
June 28, 2019
Patricia Gunning, candidate for Rockland County District Attorney
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
June 23, 2019
Schenley Vital, candidate for Clarkstown Town Council, Ward 3 - aired April 16, 2019
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
June 22, 2019
MAY 14, 2019 EPISODE - Assemblyman Harvey Epstein's opt-out bill, Amy Klobuchar on charters + news
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.
May 20, 2019
MAR-13-2019 EPISODE: Nicole Doliner, candidate for Clarkstown Supervisor
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.
May 10, 2019
NY COMMISSIONER SPEAKS: Audio of Education Commissioner Elia trying to defend her crashing, wasteful NY state tests. Originally aired 04-09-19.
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/
April 20, 2019
03-05-19 EPISODE: Dr. Mike Hogan on NYS politics
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.
March 13, 2019
FEB-26-2019 EPISODE: School funding, evaluations bill, crazy candidates + ed news
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.
March 4, 2019
JAN. 29, 2019 EPISODE - Teacher Activist Jia Lee on APPR bill
Special Education specialist Jia Lee on the latest controversy over testing and teacher evaluations. Originally aired 1/29/19.
February 6, 2019
DEC. 4 EPISODE: New Democratic leaders in NYS Senate, Congress. Plus Mueller rant.
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.
December 16, 2018
Episode 12: David Carlucci + Jessica Ramos on Public Education
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.
November 5, 2018
ON PUBLIC EDUCATION: NYS Senate candidate Jessica Ramos (Queens, NY)
Phone interview from Oct. 25, 2018 discussing charter schools, standardized testing, school funding, reforming Albany and more. (Spoiler alert: Jessica is an #optout mom!)
October 29, 2018
Episode 11: Teacher John Mannion for NYS Senate
Biology teacher John Mannion, candidate in the 50th State Senate District (Syracuse area) discusses charter schools, standardized testing, Common Core and more. Taped 9-25-18. Also news headlines....
October 28, 2018
Episode 4: Progressive taxation, the Yeshiva controversy, privatizing schools
The Cuomo vs. Nixon primary race, the NYS millionaires tax, the Yeshiva controversy, de-unionized schools, how charter schools cherrypick students + Trump’s emoluments case. Originally aired 7-30-18
October 9, 2018
Episode 10: Cliff Weathers of Riverkeeper.org
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. Blog: http://NYupdate.org
October 8, 2018
With Green candidate for Lt. Governor Jia Lee, talking education and privatization.
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.
September 21, 2018
Blake Morris, challenging Simcha Felder in Brooklyn, NY
Interview with lawyer Blake Morris running for State Senate in NY's 17th district against controversial "Trump Democrat" Simcha Felder. Episode #8, aired 9/3/2018
September 18, 2018
NY Attorney General Candidates talk Charters, Yeshivas. Aired 8/27/18
Episode # 7 - What are the differences between Zephyr Teachout, Tish James and Leecia Eve on these controversial education issues?
August 29, 2018
Julie Goldberg for NY State Senate on Yeshivas. [13 min.]
Julie Goldberg on religious school students not receiving "substantially equivalent" education. Aired 7-16-18 Time: 13 min.
August 24, 2018
Episode 3 - Nixon vs. Cuomo, yeshiva update, charter schools
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)
August 8, 2018
Episode 2: Meet Julie Goldberg for NY State Senate. Aired 7-16-18
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.
July 30, 2018
Episode 1: Betsy DeVos attacks public schools. Aired 7-9-18
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/
July 20, 2018
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