Soul-searching on schools in order

I’ve had the opportunity to sit at a number of education policy tables over the years. To the often heated discussions, I’ve tried to bring a mother’s common sense: an unwavering belief in the potential of every child and unapologetic impatience with excuses. My approach is simple. I ask: What if it were my child?

March 19, 2015 Report [CREDO] Don't Steal Possible

Urban Charter School Study Report on 41 Regions

This report presents an investigation conducted by CREDO over the past two years. We examined charter school performance in urban areas, driven by our ongoing effort to identify successful models for educating America’s students, particularly students of color and students living in poverty.

March 19, 2015 News

Press Release 3.19

In an extraordinary coalition of religious leaders in New York's Black and Hispanic communities, nearly 100 members of clergy led by Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. and Rev. Dr. Johnnie Green gathered on the steps of New York City Hall on Thursday afternoon to declare the passage of bold, structural change to fix a statewide failing schools crisis a "moral" imperative. Read More
March 19, 2015 Advisory [Families for Excellent Schools] Don't Steal Possible

Advisory 3.19

State Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. and Rev. Dr. Johnnie Green will lead nearly 100 prominent members of New York's Black and Hispanic clergy from New York Hispanic Clergy Association and Mobilizing Preachers and Communities to gather on the steps of City Hall Thursday, urging elected officials in Albany for bold action fixing a statewide crisis that fails close to 800,000 students every year. Read More
March 18, 2015 Statement [Families for Excellent Schools] Don't Steal Possible

Statement 3.19

Families for Excellent Schools' CEO Jeremiah Kittredge released this statement in response to Stanford University's Center for Research on Education Outcomes (CREDO) report released earlier Wednesday, finding that New York City charter schools increased academic achievement across all grade levels and especially for students at or near the poverty line. Read More
March 18, 2015 Whitepaper [Families for Excellent Schools] Don't Steal Possible

Bureaucracy Beyond Repair

One fourth of New York City schools are severely failing —371 schools, where not even 1 in 10 students meets academic benchmarks for English, math, or college readiness. In response to this crisis — failure on a truly massive scale — the mayor and chancellor have a grand scheme to “renew” fewer than 100 schools. Even worse, they are entrusting these turnaround efforts to the same slow-footed bureaucracy that has allowed the problem to persist for decades.