Long Island Opt-Out School Board Candidates 2015

Long Island School Voting is on May 19, 2015 for most school districts. Many communities in Suffolk County and Nassau County have candidates who were endorsed by the Opt Out movement. These candidates will help oppose high stakes testing of children. You can also find this group on FaceBook: Long-Island-Parents-and-Teachers-Against-Standardized-Testing-APPR FB Page posted by Ian List […]

2012 Long Island School Election Results

June 19th REVOTE results: Story at Long Island Press: here. All nine Nassau/Suffolk school districts passed budgets on the revote. Elmont School District passed a budget that was lower than the first proposed/rejected budget, but slightly higher than the budget tax cap imposed by NY State. __________________________________ Results are posted at Newsday (which is, unfortunately, […]

A Long Island HS senior becomes one of our youngest, elected officials in NY State

Website of Josh Lafazan, NY’s youngest, elected official: joshlafazan.org Story with video at NBC News: here. “An 18-year-old high school senior has won a seat on his Long Island school board, becoming the youngest elected official in New York state…” [Correction: Another HS senior, younger than Joshua Lafazan, was also elected in NY State yesterday.] […]

Prez Cand Stein (G) Pushes for End to Student Debt

As tens of thousands of students, faculty, and staff protest today across the country (http://www.occupyed org/) against the corporatization of higher education, Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein renewed her call for “generational justice” achieved in part by forgiving student debt and ending tuition at public colleges and universities

More Than A Number: Concerned educators gather to examine standardized testing and teacher evaluations

At LIU Post, educators and community members gathered to discuss the negative impacts of the new scheme in New York to use students’ test scores directly in teacher evaluations. Previously in New York, there was a law forbidding this from happening. Though, political energy from Governor Cuomo and NY State Board of Regents Chancellor Tisch […]

LI School in national spotlight: Should students be suspended for “Tebowing”?

What happened? Two students (down from four at first) were suspended from Riverhead High School, because they kneeled in a hallway, in a stunt and/or tribute related to Tim Tebow, who kneels on the football field. Is suspension appropriate?

Long Island School Board Elections: Tuesday, May 17, 2011

2012 Update: 2012 School Board Election Results (budget pass/fail): here In 2012, HS Senior Josh Lafazan wins in Syosset School Board election. Story and links at onthewilderside: here. _________________ 2011 Update: Some budget vote/election results – You can look at your school district’s website where they may have posted results. Newsday has a chart with […]

Walt Whitman’s Birthday: Two videos and a special way to celebrate!

About the video…

Walt Whitman Birthday Celebration: Sunday, May 8th in Huntington

Update: Video from the event Did you know Walt Whitman was born right here, on Long Island, New York? Whitman’s birthplace is still standing, as a museum in West Hills, Long Island, New York (across from the Walt Whitman Mall). Every year there is an annual celebration around Walt Whitman’s Birthday (which is actually, May […]

Timely: School bus concerns in NY

*Update with some perspective: This threat was made on April 1st – several days ago, with no incidents in the meantime. In addition, a story at Long Island Press notes that state officials are considering the possibility it was just a really irresponsible April Fool’s joke. Story at Long Island Press: here. KW writes: If […]

debate floor commentary on Kimberly’s Newsday Letter to the Editor

[For fuller comments on the Governor Debate, see onthewilderside eyewitness account: here.] Lisa Tyson of the LIPC stopped by to compliment Kimberly on her Newsday Letter to the Editor about how Newsday Editorial on the Wyndanch school district was unfair. Lisa said she showed it around to community members in Wyandanch. Also had a spotting […]

RSVP now for “No Impact Man” 10/21/10

The Sustainability Institute at Molloy College invites you to attend our Sustainable Film Series, on Thursday October 21, 2010. Seating is limited. Please RSVP at 516-678-5000 ext. 7562

Two LI school districts consider bankruptcy

(excerpt from) Newsday 2 LI school districts warn: Cuts could mean bankruptcy by John Hildebrand / September 28, 2010 Roosevelt school leaders have  joined their Wyandanch  counterparts in warning that recent state-aid cuts could mean “devastating” losses of services to students – with some board trustees in both communities raising the specter of bankruptcy… Board […]

Help for Wyandanch School District

Newsday reports: “Wyandanch’s board president says the system should close and send its 1,900 students to other districts nearby.” KW writes: I know that school district issues are complicated. School districts are not just bureaucracies, they are also quasi-governmental entities. Still, I think the bottom line of the current problem with the Wyandanch Schools is […]

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