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Chris Widmaier, a science teacher at Rochester's World of Inquiry School 58, received a "Teaching Tolerance" award from the Southern Poverty Law Center this week, one of five teachers so honored. The award is given every other year to teachers in grades K-12 who "excel at promoting respect and a passion for justice among students." Widmaier, now in his 12th year in the district, was the only honoree from New York.


Donna Grayson knew she wanted to be a teacher at 5 years old. She knew it throughout her time at East High School. She knew it while homeless, before she found a home in the U.S. Army. After she served, Grayson proved herself right by becoming an educator in the Rochester City School District.


New York is in for a sea change in education policy. Here’s what and why.

Something big has happened in New York, something potentially huge. A new education chancellor was named, and, on April 1, a new direction for public schools could start to be forged. In this post, Carol Burris, a former New York high school principal who is now executive director of the nonprofit Network for Public Education, introduces you to the new chancellor and analyzes the legacy of the one who is soon departing.

Diane Ravitch: Why all parents should opt their kids out of high-stakes standardized tests

The Network for Public Education, a nonprofit education advocacy group co-founded by historian Diane Ravitch, is calling for a national “opt out” of high-stakes standardized testing, urging parents across the country to refuse to allow their children to participate in this spring’s testing.

Hello! My name is Becky Walters, and I am the sister school coordinator for Opportunity Education. We are a nonprofit foundation out of Omaha, Nebraska who works to break the cycle of poverty through education in the developing world. We support almost 1,700 schools in 11 countries throughout Africa and Asia.

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Veronica Vargas loves her kids and they love her back. This is why after having her for 2nd grade at Wilson Foundation Academy in Rochester the students asked her to move up to 3rd grade with them, and she did. This happened with both 4th grade and now 5th grade.


RTA Members Wrap and Roll Out Food, Clothing and Gifts to Families In Need

In these most early days of winter, the boot prints will lead you to kindness and generosity. They will take you down a path made by local unions, where members have shopped, wrapped and rolled out gifts for families in need. From sweet potatoes to sweaters, many families’ holidays will be bettered.

Adam’s Visit to Rick Amico’s 12th grade Participation in Government class at Edison

Adam spoke to Rick’s Participation in Government class at Edison. He discussed his journey to America from Poland as a young man, in addition to his family and educational background. He also discussed the role of unions in the education of the students and heard their concerns about issues affecting Edison.

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Top 10 Reasons School Choice is No Choice

On the surface of it, school choice sounds like a great idea. Parents will get to shop for schools and pick the one that best suits their children. Oh! Look, Honey! This one has an exceptional music program! That one excels in math and science! The drama program at this one is first in the state! But that’s not at all what school choice actually is.

The Real Purpose Behind The Charter School Movement & The Ethical Opposition

As charter schools expand and seek to gain more ground, so has the opposition to that movement been increasing throughout the country. From California to Massachusetts, there is intense questioning both of the educational effectiveness of these schools and how they are using public funds. For example, as reported in The Washington Post on October 15th, the NAACP “ratified a resolution calling for a moratorium on the expansion of charters.”

Tisch backs state's draft learning standard revisions, calling changes 'quite nominal'

The state education department's draft revisions to the Common Core-aligned learning standards maintain the standards' strength, former state Board of Regents Chancellor Merryl Tisch told POLITICO New York, but the true test for how the state's education program develops will be in the state's changes to assessments and teacher evaluations.

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