A public school teacher discusses education news and policy in New York and beyond.
[Formerly weekly, updates now sporadic due to Covid].
Outbreak Update - with union president Anthony Nicodemo on Westchester summer school closure - 7/30/20
We talk again with @coachnicodemo the president of the teachers union in Greenburgh-North Castle where more Covid-19 cases have ben discovered at Reach Academy summer school.
Though local media has reported six cases yesterday, including three teachers and three students, Coach Nicodemo tells us two more teachers have tested positive and there are two more student cases waiting for official confirmation, which will bring the total to 10.
Interview conducted July 30, 2020
Covid Response: Anthony Nicodemo, union president Greenburgh-North Castle district
Following the news a positive Covid test at the Reach Academy in West Harrison, New York's first in a summer school setting, we speak to the president of the teacher's union in the district @coachNicodemo about the surprising response by the Department of Health, the new operationalized guidelines, and the ramifications to the school community as fall approaches.
Recorded July 24, 2020.
Justin Sweet on East Ramapo Schools (original air date 1/14/20)
A clip of NY State Senate candidate Justin Sweet talking about the conflict in the East Ramapo school district. From a January 14, 2020 interview in Nyack, NY. As Tuesday's primary election approaches, Sweet's opponent Elijah Reichlin-Melnick has been targeted in Yiddish language mailers for his opposition to state-funded yeshivas who do not provide basic academic instruction, but as this clip shows, Justin Sweet also says all students need an basic education so they can function in society. Mr. Sweet also speaks about the inability for the state to enforce existing regulations, religious freedoms and more.
See the mailers targeting Reichlin-Melnick here: https://www.facebook.com/ElijahForSenate/posts/169598417879181
Full episode here: https://anchor.fm/nyupdate/episodes/Interview-Justin-Sweet-for-NY-State-Senate-NYS-38-ebiav6?fbclid=IwAR3lb0QCdsMs0P8iLSNNAaen94jsrpz-x5It_T6bC-30AWceZxjLhUU-mTY
Mindy Rosier-Rayburn, Public Education Activist
A veteran NYC teacher dishes on her journey into activism, the fight against charter schools, teaching remotely during the pandemic, her experience as a Sanders delegate and more.
Recorded April 16, 2020
Interview: Evelyn Farkas for Congress in NY CD-17
Now running for Congress in Rockland/Westchester, Evelyn Farkas, former Deputy Assistant Secretary to the Secretary of Defense under President Obama stops in to discuss education. Original air date: March 7, 2020.
Interview: Tony Martinez candidate for NY Senate (NYS-38)
Discussion about charter schools, standardized testing, education funding and more with Ossining Immigration attorney Tony Martinez, running for the State Senate seat of David Carlucci in Rockland/Ossining. Originally aired Feb. 27, 2020.