Ever since her fierce polemic against the school reform movement, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System,” which came out last year, Diane Ravitch has become a ubiquitous voice in the raging education debate. It is not only because her writing is so cogent and ostensibly fact-driven, but also because her striking transformation—from one-time school reform champion, to sudden critic—that she has turned many heads.
Ever since her fierce polemic against the school reform movement, “The Death and Life of the Great American School System,” which came out last year, Diane Ravitch has become an ubiquitous voice in the raging education debate. It is not only because her writing is so cogent and ostensibly fact-driven, but also because her striking transformation—from one-time school reform champion, to sudden critic—that she has turned many heads.
Saying Zuccotti Park had become a health and safety hazard, a large contingent of police officers in riot gear ordered the Occupy Wall Street protestors to clear the area early Tuesday morning.
The cops said protestors, who have been living in tents in the privately owned park across from Ground Zero for almost two months, would be allowed to return once the area was cleared and the park's sanitary conditions could be assessed, Newsday reported.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg will visit Israel on Oct. 23 to dedicate a Magen David Adom facility in Jerusalem named after his father, City Hall and the American Friends of Magen David Adom announced Tuesday.
it wll be his eighth trip to Israel since entering politics and his sixth as mayor.
As they toured the heavily Jewish summer vacation areas of the Catskills Sunday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Councilman Simcha Felder appeared as they usually do — good friends with common interests.
They have developed a strong rapport over the years, with Felder, who represents Borough Park, often accompanying the mayor not only to Jewish events and areas in the city but to Israel and upstate.
Felder campaigned strongly for Bloomberg’s 2005 re-election, and is on board for the mayor’s third bid.
Now that alternate-side parking has been suspended on almost every conceivable festival, mass or fast day, there is a new front in the battle for religious political muscle in New York: School closings.
Muslim community groups, backed nearly unanimously by the City Council, are pressing for days off in honor of two of their holidays, which would be in addition to closures on Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur, Christmas and Easter.
Despite growing controversy over the radical wing of the Independence Party, Mayor Michael Bloomberg seems determined to run with its nomination, which party leaders announced on Saturday.
Earlier this year a source in Bloomberg's campaign said that because an Independence leader, Lenora Fulani, in a TV interview refused to back away from her controversial writings about Jews mass murdering people of color he would seek "a different ballot line" to supplement his GOP standing.
But this weekend Bloomberg's campaign told reporters he would accept the nod.
Calling his narrow defeat by Mayor Michael Bloomberg last year a "fluke," Mark Green says he's often urged to return to public office.
And while he insists he has made no decision about a 2005 rematch or a rumored bid the following year for state attorney general, the former public advocate seems happy to encourage speculation.
After studying the executive budget proposal released by Mayor Michael Bloomberg last week, Jewish social service groups are giving his administration high marks for heeding their concerns about the city's elderly.