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Author, American Public Education Law, 3rd Ed.; Professor, Education Leadership, Law & Policy at Brooklyn College & CUNY Grad Center
Author, American Public Education Law, 3rd Ed.; Professor, Education Leadership, Law & Policy at Brooklyn College & CUNY Grad Center

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Increased college readiness rates “are potentially impressive,” said Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, CUNY #education professor David Bloomfield of the higher rates. “But this requires further analysis in terms of the actual numbers of students and how the numbers might be adjusted in terms of CUNY admissions requirements.”

Bloomfield cautioned that #RenewalSchools often have small graduating classes that are subject to wide statistical swings.

“We always want to be comparing apples to apples, so comparisons become difficult when standards keep shifting,” he said.

By Selim Algar in The New York Post

https://nypost.com/2017/11/27/renewal-schools-see-huge-jump-in-college-readiness-rates/

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“Politics 101 is: When you don’t want to decide, appoint a commission,” said DAVID BLOOMFIELD, a professor of education, law, and public policy at Brooklyn College and the The Graduate Center, City University of New York.

By Christina Veiga in Chalkbeat New York
https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2017/11/20/five-months-in-a-crucial-part-of-the-citys-school-diversity-begins-to-take-shape/

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David Bloomfield, an education professor at Brooklyn College and The CUNY Graduate Center, said rising grad rates and college enrollment and readiness numbers are only part of a winning equation.

"It's good that college acceptance and readiness are moving upward but it's important that these students are able to succeed in college and not just go to college," Bloomfield said.

By Ben Chapman in The New York Daily News
http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/city-students-college-attendance-rate-spikes-52-2016-article-1.3635460

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But critics of the formula say it has never achieved the equity it promised. And they point to the bonus for specialized academic schools as one reason why.

“The idea behind Fair Student Funding was that the driver for school budgets was student characteristics, rather than the type of school,” said David Bloomfield, a professor of Education Leadership at Brooklyn College [and The CUNY Graduate Center]. “By creating, or re-creating, a system based on favored school labels, the DOE is somehow saying that all schools are equal but some are more equal than others.”

By Michael Elsen-Rooney

WNYC:
http://www.wnyc.org/story/mysterious-bonus-makes-rich-nyc-schools-richer-critics-say

Longer Version, Hechinger Report:
http://hechingerreport.org/mysterious-bonus-makes-rich-schools-richer-critics-say/

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What does your ‘Con Con’ vote mean for education? Here’s what you need to know.
Are there potential education benefits?

Instead of eroding school funding, a constitutional convention could ensure it flows directly into school budgets, said David Bloomfield, a professor of education, law, and public policy at Brooklyn College and the CUNY Graduate Center.

More than 10 years after the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit settlement, which ruled the state had to allocate more money to schools in order to provide students with a “sound basic education,” advocates say schools are still owed billions of dollars. (The governor disputes that.) Bloomfield said that without a radical change like a constitutional convention, “there is no hope” for school funding reform.

“The current political apparatus is fixed for incumbents and crooks,” he said.

By Monica Disare in Chalkbeat New York

https://www.chalkbeat.org/posts/ny/2017/11/06/what-does-your-con-con-vote-mean-for-education-heres-what-you-need-to-know/

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A recent press conference announcing the details of the #UPK program began with a video accompanied by piano music and a narrator crooning about the 2014 pre-K rollout: “There were many doubters, they said it would never come true. … Once upon a time a city came together with a vision to shake the foundations of education.”

Despite the lofty rhetoric, observers say de Blasio is likely safe resting on his laurels. David Bloomfield, a professor of education at The Graduate Center, CUNY and Brooklyn College, said de Blasio’s pre-K win has made a quiet race even easier for the mayor.

“Having one singular generational initiative is more than enough to run on,” he said. “Especially on a high-profile issue that combines political, educational and managerial skill.”

By Eliza Shapiro in POLITICO New York
http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2017/10/16/de-blasios-win-on-pre-k-is-making-an-easy-campaign-even-easier-115084

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“Merryl Tisch still wants to be a player in New York,” said David Bloomfield, an educational leadership professor at Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center, CUNY. “It’s interesting that the route that she’s taking and is being welcomed into is the charter school world.”
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Under Tisch, the state put in place a series of more rigorous teacher certification exams, not only pushing for high standards for students, but also looking to raise up the teaching profession.

“It’s not clear that these meet her expectations for rigor,” Bloomfield said of the committee’s proposed changes. But it is consistent with her record, having opened up teacher certification in the state through alternative routes such as Teach for America, he said.

By Keshia Clukey in POLITICO New York
http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/city-hall/story/2017/10/10/merryl-tisch-is-back-will-have-say-in-how-charter-schools-certify-teachers-114954

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“There were indicators that this is a district in crisis,” said Brooklyn College and CUNY Graduate Center education professor David Bloomfield. “The question is what does the DOE do with this survey data. Too often it’s used as a p.r. announcement rather than usable or actionable data.”

Bloomfield said even these unscientific figures can be suggestive of an emerging problem.

“It raises questions rather than gives answers,” he said. “But the mayor is on the hook to parents and the public as to what was and what will be done.”

By Selim Algar in The New York Post
http://nypost.com/2017/10/03/bullying-widespread-in-bronx-schools-polls-show/

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