On Tuesday, April 17, elected ofcials, advocates and professors came together to discuss education policy alternatives for New York City’s struggling schools. The panelist included City Council Education Chair Robert Jackson, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, mayoral candidate Bill Thompson and others. The breakfast forum on school policy was held at NYU’s Kimball Hall Lounge.
On April 19, activists, students and parents met on the steps of City Hall to protest the turnaround model Mayor Michael Bloom- berg is implementing in 26 struggling schools. The model is part of the school improvement grants and Race to the Top initiatives from President Barack Obama’s education reform policies.