The Nathan Levin Lecture on April 30: The Urban Agenda and the Second Obama Administration
How do cities fit into the current debate in Washington? Are the Obama policies on education, urban development, and social welfare leveraging meaningful improvements for New York and other cities? How will the administration's policies address the social justice issues that were central to the president's reelection campaign--particularly in terms of making opportunities available to economically and socially disadvantaged Americans?
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What does it take to give students a first-rate education? The striking achievement of Union City, N.J., argues for reinventing our public schools into caring, hard-working communities. Author David Kirp's latest book centers on the remarkable success of a school district five miles and a light year away from Washington Square. Preschool for all, dual language training, "word-soaked classrooms" and strong parent partnerships have all helped make the difference there. What about in New York City? READ MORE »
Students and parents in the nation's largest public school system just got a crucial, free new tool: Insidestats. A project of Insideschools.org at the Center for New York City Affairs, Insidestats is a new online scorecard that provides in-depth data on 422 New York City high schools. Clara Hemphill, editor-in-chief of Insideschools.org, launched Insidestats on Tuesday with a live demonstration. READ MORE »
In his budget plan for the coming year, Governor Cuomo proposed to close two of the state's prisons for women: the Beacon Correctional Facility in Dutchess County and the Bayview Correctional Facility in Manhattan. If the proposal goes through, the prisons will be the 8th and 9th to close under Cuomo's watch. Some advocates for prisoners' rights warn that the closures could make it harder for incarcerated New York City women to keep in contact with their children. READ MORE »
The Senate Gang of Eight has finally released its much-awaited immigration legislation. The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 is characterized as a compromise bill. READ MORE »
A coalition of parents from the five citywide gifted and talented schools is petitioning the Department of Education to open more programs because hundreds of children who test in now are not getting seats. READ MORE »Our public programs offer the opportunity to meet powerful players in and around government, and to learn about the context, the influential organizations and other factors that define the policymaking landscape in New York City and urban America. VISIT OUR YOUTUBE CHANNEL »