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In this article, NYC teacher Katie Lapham makes the case that parents must begin to act communally to save our schools.
#SaveNYC, is a grassroots, crowd-sourced, D.I.Y. movement to protect and preserve the diversity and uniqueness of the urban fabric in New York City. As our vibrant streetscapes and neighborhoods are turned into bland, suburban-style shopping malls, filled with chain stores and glossy luxury retail, #SaveNYC is fighting for small businesses and cultural institutions to remain in place.
After a disaster like the Second Avenue explosion and fire, impacted small businesses struggle to survive. Some don’t make it. Especially the old favorites. #SaveNYC is holding a Small Biz Crawl along Second Avenue to bring customers, cash, and attention to those mom-and-pops in need. This weekend, we’ll do the western side of Second Ave; next time, the eastern side. Meet #SaveNYC on Saturday, April 11th, at noon. We’re starting at Gem Spa on the northwest corner of Second Avenue and St. Mark’s Place. Buy your magazines, cigarettes, egg creams at this first stop.* From there, we’ll head down towards 7th Street. Do some gift shopping at Himalayan Visions. Then it’s lunch at the B&H Dairy or Paul’s Da Burger Joint. Your choice. After lunch, we’ll weave our way across the barricades of 7th Street to stock up on groceries at the New Yorkers Foodmarket. Please bring your #SaveNYC sign to let everyone know who we are and why we’re there. Click here to print out signs — and to find out more about #SaveNYC
As you know if your child is in 3rd-5th grades, we are coming up on the weeks of school devoted to the State tests. If your child will be taking the tests, we wish you luck!
While the PA has not, as a body, taken an official stance on this enormously complicated issue, we are deeply concerned about the implications of high-stakes testing and the ways in which it is reshaping more organic methods of learning and assessing both teachers and students across the country. Below is a letter from Jen Nessel, the chair of the Community Action Committee, on the movement to opt out of the tests and what to do if you want to opt your child out. This is a letter that represents a point of view but also tries to provide accurate information. Please read it!
Day after day, NYC is losing its small businesses. They are being priced out, chased out, and gentrified out of places where they’ve been for DECADES. We are seeing it happen all over the EV and LES. The unique cultural fabric of the city is being destroyed, replaced with bland national chains. Right now there is a bill called the SMALL BUSINESS JOBS SURVIVAL ACT just sitting there waiting to be voted on. This bill has been in the Council since 1984, was supposed to come up for a vote and Christine Quinn killed it and it had to be reintroduced this past June.
Screening of “RISE ABOVE THE MARK”
Thursday March 19 5:30-7pm Auditorium (600 E 6th St)
Hear why Earth School parent and author Todd Farley (Making the Grades: My Misadventures in the Standardized Testing Industry) won’t allow his kids to take the tests and doesn’t believe yours should either.
on Tuesday March 24 5:30-7pm Auditorium (600 E 6th St)
The Community Education Council District 1 Invites you to a Panel on Accountability, high Stakes Tests and the current status of Education Policies
Wednesday March 25 6:00-7:30pm PS 20
As you may have heard, public school teachers across the city are standing together against Governor Cuomo’s recent education proposals. Please take the time to read this letter from the teachers below.
Dear EVCS Families,
As you may know, EVCS is under attack by Governor Cuomo. However, he is not targeting just EVCS. Every single teacher, parent, and student in New York State is in his crosshairs. We must fight back.
We recognize that our EVCS community is exceptional, and want to do everything we can to make sure it remains a great place to teach and learn. We believe these proposals are unjust, and will ultimately hurt our school. He not only asked for unjust changes in education, he threatened to withhold state funding if these changes are not agreed upon. Governor Cuomo is proposing a number of “reforms” that will damage our schools, our children and our livelihoods as teachers.
Some of his proposed “reforms” include: