A few thoughts on this Sunday


A City Mourns.
Our hearts are with the family of Leiby Kletzky, the 8-year-old Brooklyn boy who got lost while walking home alone from day camp in his Orthodox Jewish neighborhood and was killed and dismembered by a stranger he had asked for directions. Leiby’s remains were found stuffed in a trash bin and the man's refrigerator, police said last week. The suspect, Levi Aron has been charged with murder.

With our schools, it’s not time for business as usual


The logic has escaped me for for several days now, and I still just don’t get it.

Maybe you can help me.

What good can possibly come out of keeping open 19 failing NYC schools?

The State Appeals court recently ruled against the City of N.Y that wanted to close the schools for low performing results, in favor of the United Federation of Teachers and the NAACP.

The court found that the city failed to provide statements fully showing the impact for closing the 19 schools. (In other words, not fully accounting for how the closures would affect the communities the schools are located in)

Let the games begin


It's official.

Political consultant Basil Smikle is off and running against Harlem State Senator Bill Perkins.

You might as well call this the race over choice. That is charter school choice.

Perkins does not support charters, but the problem that could cost Perkins his job is his position does not sit well with many parents in the district.

Smikle came out on the attack Thursday afternoon in Harlem: