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Leads | | Education, Politics, Taxes
The governor assures New Yorkers that there is a budgetary surplus that can fund a tax cut and that there’s even money to fund universal, state-wide pre-K without a tax increase. But would the money be available if the governor were honoring what the state’s highest court has determined to be the funding level necessary to meet the obligation to provide a “sound basic education” to all students?More
Announcements | | Civil rights, NYC, Open government
Documents sought would allow public to know whether and how the Police Department has changed the way it handles applications for permits needed to hold political demonstrations, but NYPD has kept the records hidden for almost 11 months. A clear violation of the Freedom of Information Law.More
Kudos | | Infrastructure, NYC
In a devastating article about the devastating storm, The New York Times’ David W. Chen and Mireya Navarro leave no doubt that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg have been asleep at the wheel when it comes to upgrading New York’s infrastructure to meet the threat of “rising sea levels, more frequent flood and extreme weather patterns.”More
Leads | | Civil rights, Education, Housing, NYC
The New York Times just documented the continuing existence of an intense level of racial segregation in schools in New York City. The phenomenon, of course, is one that is widespread throughout the country. But scant attention was paid to the still-entrenched pattern of housing segregation that afflicts New York and many other metropolitan areas, a pattern that is a critical driver of segregation in schools.More
Leads | | Economy, Politics
Does it really make sense to take at face value the statements made by and behalf of Mitt Romney as he and his campaign try to place a positive spin on his tenure at Bain Capital? Wouldn’t it be better to look at how the firm articulates its mission for current and prospective business clients?More
Kudos | | Education
Investigation reveals "company that tries to squeeze profits from public school dollars by raising enrollment, increasing teacher workload and lowering standards."More
Leads | | Labor, Regulation
In June, the National Labor Relations Board issued proposed rules to modernize and streamline the process by which a union can be certified to represent a group of workers. The hearing and comment period on those rules — which generated extensive activity, especially on the employer side — just ended. What questions are raised by the arguments that have been made?More
Kudos | | Taxes
Going beyond classic "he said, she said" reporting to deliver evidence that rates cut by Clinton and then Bush are yielding increasing income inequality. Evidence-based reporting debunks rationalizations for treating investment more favorably than earned income.More