Each One Teach One. The Remarkable Story of Samantha Jackson

Just imagine the world we could conceivably live in if every adult in America decided to mentor a young person in their community?

First Time Student Car Loans Are Easy to Obtain

How does it feel to have a car of your own right from the time you are in a high school? How does it feel to go out with your friends for a small excursion in your own car, and not in one borrowed from your daddy?

Cheating On The SAT Exam? You're Only Cheating Everyone Else, Stupid (Updated)

The phenomenon of students having other students take the SAT Exam for them in order to obtain a higher score has once again reared its ugly head.

Let's just spell this one out, okay?

You were too stupid to get a decent score on the exam, so you pay for a more accomplished student to take the exam for you. This is what happens:

Possible causes for Liver Cancers

Definition of the liver

The liver is the largest solid organ of the body. It is located below the diaphragm and fills the upper right side of the abdomen inside the rib cage.


The liver consists of two main lobes, or sections, or the right lobe and smaller left lobe. The two lobes are divided more by segment.Le falciform ligament, also called broad ligament separates the right and left lobes and helps to maintain the liver attached to the diaphragm.

You have to give Cuomo credit on the budget. To critics, where would you cut.

Yes it’s a budget that would cut year to year spending for the first time in a long time.

Yes it’s a budget that would cut projected spending on major issues like education and health care.

But isn’t it a bit refreshing to have a governor that is at least trying to finally tackle the problem rather than simply punt it to the future with lip service, or turn to the tax and spend policies of the past.

Maybe, just maybe we should give Cathie Black a chance

I Concede the way Cathie Black was rolled out as Schools Chancellor will make her job all that much harder. Granted! No one can argue that.

Black comes in with some elected officials and parents screaming bloody murder that she does not meet the qualifications for the job. That she is not an educator. How could the mayor just do this?

Black Boys and Achievement

Recent studies of black boys and academic achievement have caught my attention. First was Yes We Can, The Schott Foundation 50 State Report on Black Males and Public Education.  Then there was A Call for Change,” a report by the Council of the Great City Schools, an advocacy group for urban public schools.

With our schools, it's not time for business as usual

The logic has escaped me for for several days now, and I still just don’t get it.

Maybe you can help me.

What good can possibly come out of keeping open 19 failing NYC schools?

The State Appeals court recently ruled against the City of N.Y that wanted to close the schools for low performing results, in favor of the United Federation of Teachers and the NAACP.

The court found that the city failed to provide statements fully showing the impact for closing the 19 schools. (In other words, not fully accounting for how the closures would affect the communities the schools are located in)

My Opposition to Kindergarten – Second Grade 2 Standardized Testing by NYC Department of Education (DOE)

Statement to District 27 Community Education Council (CEC)

My Opposition to Kindergarten – Second Grade 2 Standardized Testing by NYC Department of Education (DOE)

About Mayoral Control

As Chair of the New York State Senate Puerto Rican and Latino Caucus and as a member of the Hispanic Community, I believe that it is an assault on many New Yorkers for Mayor Bloomberg to play upon the feelings and sentiments and emotions of our communities.  These are scare tactics. Making believe that the sky is going to fall and that the walls of education are about to crumble is completely false.

I believe that Dr. Dolores Fernandez, the person appointed by the Bronx Borough President is quite capable, educationally speaking, of addressing the problems in our public education system.  I believe that Dr. Fernandez is more capable and more qualified than the Mayor and Chancellor Klein and anyone in the Bloomberg Administration.

The Dumbing Down of America


The race for President has become nothing more than a reality TV show. The average American’s fixation on self-proclaimed celebrities has brought a man without experience, without sound judgment and without even an ounce of humility a breath away from the Presidency. Despite his oratorical talents, anyone actually paying attention to what Barack Obama says can hear that he has consistently attempted to talk his way around the truth and when that fails, told outright lies. Perhaps those that fail to listen closely will manage to see the smug, arrogant smirk of a man who believes he has already bought his way into the Oval Office. He’s actually the perfect choice for the me-first, take-no-responsibility-for-my-actions dimwit that demands instant gratification and lacks the ability to think a thought through to its logical conclusion. 

Disney and Me: On Being Erased From Official Corporate History

[I hope this post proves interesting. It was written by Edwize blogger Leo Casey, and previously posted on Edwize.]


On the Disney Company's corporate website, the reader will find a honor roll of teachers from across the United States who have been recognized by the American Teacher Awards, starting with the first class of 1990 and concluding with the last class of 2006. A close examination will reveal that there is no teacher listed as the 1992 honoree in the category of Social Studies. Two of the three Social Studies finalists are listed, but the teacher who was actually named Social Studies Teacher of the Year is missing.*

Senator Rev Ruben Diaz Applauds Governor Spitzer's "New Contract for Excellent Initiatives"

As the representative of the 32nd Senatorial District in Bronx County, I welcome Governor Eliot Spitzer’s plan to visit JHS 123 located at 1025 Morrison Avenue on Monday November 26, 2007 at 9:30 AM. The purpose of his visit is to announce the “New Contract for Excellent Initiatives” created by Governor Eliot Spitzer.

I congratulate Governor Spitzer as the architect of this school reform, and I hope that Mayor Bloomberg and New York School Chancellor Klein will apply this New Contract for Excellence exactly as Governor Spitzer and the New York State Legislature have deemed it to be. After so many years of dysfunction and broken promises, it seems as if we will finally see $258 million directed specifically to school districts based on student needs and not based on political bureaucracy.

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