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February 23, 2015 Press [Nylon Guys] Don't Steal Possible

Jonathan Mannion for Don’t Steal Possible

On February 7, celebrated photographer, Jonathan Mannion, recognized for his iconic images of rap’s most influential figures, joined FES in hosting the inaugural “Think Possible” workshop. About the #DontStealPossible movement, Mannion says, “This is something that is close to my heart, and a passion point, so it’s easy to get involved with the betterment of the kids.” His passion was evident throughout the day, as Mannion guided the participating families through his creative process, capturing some endearing moments along the way.

February 23, 2015 FiDi Families [Deirdre McAndrew] Don't Steal Possible

Think Possible Workshop: Presenting the Weather with Al Roker

America’s favorite weatherman, Al Roker, will host the next “Think Possible” workshop! Al will share his expertise and the science behind his profession by leading participants in a first-ever workshop on presenting the weather and meteorology. The audience will also have the opportunity to interact with a green screen set-up and present the weather themselves!

February 18, 2015 News [Kenia Rivera] Don't Steal Possible

To Charter or Not to Charter

Last spring, when my daughter, Shaylee, was in second grade, I asked her teacher at Public School 63 in the Bronx to leave her back. Shaylee had struggled with reading and math since kindergarten, and I felt she was not ready to be promoted to third grade.

The teacher said no – no child ever failed in that classroom, and Shaylee was going to pass, contrary to my wishes.

The problem is that she went to a school where thousands of kids failed every year.

February 18, 2015 Press Release [Families for Excellent Schools] Don't Steal Possible

Press Release 2.18

A coalition of Bronx elected officials led by Senator Ruben Diaz Sr. and State Assemblymen Marcos Crespo, Michael Blake, and Mark Gjonaj joined prominent clergy leaders and dozens of Bronx parents in front of Girls Prep Bronx Charter School on Wednesday morning to call on Albany to press ahead with bold action to end a statewide education crisis that traps 65,000 Bronx students in failing schools. Read More
February 12, 2015 News [Harold Wilson] Don't Steal Possible

Teacher Quality Vital to Education Reform

Teachers play an important role in our children’s success. This is something we all can agree on. But in New York State, public schoolteachers are managed by laws that hurt our kids’ chances at success. My own daughter’s education has suffered because of rules that don’t make any sense.

February 12, 2015 News [Adam Ozimek] Don't Steal Possible

The Paradoxes of Education Reform

There’s a lot of important, nuanced debate to be had between the most optimistic education reformers and those who are more skeptical. But I think there are many, though of course not all, on the education reform critic side who tie themselves in knots telling inconsistent stories about education in this country. So here are the most common paradoxes of that movement.

February 5, 2015 Press Release [Families for Excellent Schools] Don't Steal Possible

Press Release 2.5

Parents gathered on the steps of City Hall Thursday morning to criticize New York City's neglect of its failing schools crisis and to call on the State Education Department to immediately take over 40 of the city's failing district and charter schools. The announcement, which is the first organized call for the state to assume control of New York City schools, is a searing indictment of the Department of Education's refusal to addressing a failing schools crisis that traps 143,000 children in broken schools. Read More