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The Impact of NYC Department of Education’s New "Reading Mandate" on Children, Especially Those From Vulnerable and Historically Marginalized Communities

What harm is inflicted upon traditionally marginalized students when they are made to engage a curriculum that is not culturally responsive? This article examines the implementation of NYCDOE’s new “Reading Mandate”, and the conundrum that results from Black, Brown, Indigenous, & LGBTQ students engaging in a culturally destructive curriculum.

NYU Metro Center’s Voices in Urban Education (VUE) Hosts Student Art Contest for Fall 2023 Issue

NYU Metro Center’s Voices In Urban Education (VUE) is thrilled to announce the call for artists for an upcoming special edition of the open-access journal, focusing on the legacy and impact of Norm Fruchter.

NYU Metro Center Confronts Anti-Equity Efforts Exacerbating Inequality And Harm

As anti-equity efforts sweep across the country, it is not uncommon to be accosted by a host of bans, restrictions, and laws that exacerbate inequality and harm. NYU Metro Center remains committed to standing with the members of vulnerable and historically marginalized communities.


On The Power And Promise Of Black Women And Girls

Join the authors of the Black Agenda: Bold Solutions for a Broken System book for an overdue conversation around how to enact lasting and meaningful change rooted in racial justice.

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The Power of Restorative Justice In Our Schools: Testimony in Support of New York State’s Solutions Not Suspensions Act

How does restorative justice allow us to reimagine community, and create critical pathways to sustainable school improvement? In this blog post NYU Metro Center’s Reed Swier shares his professional insights as both school administrators and equity trainer to underscore the implicit value of restorative practices, and his public testimony in support of NYS’s Solutions Not Suspension Act currently before the State Senate.

“Zero Consequences” vs. “Zero Tolerance”: The Function of False Binaries in School Discipline Policy Debates

What are the best responses to poor student behavior to maintain order in schools? In this blog post, Dr. Rachel Lissy examines the history of discipline policy in New York City Schools, and demonstrates how discipline reforms are often driven by politics, not pedagogy, and too often are designed with highly racialized impacts and intentions.

Framing Educational Inequity-An Q&A with the authors of Dismantling Disproportionality

The authors of Dismantling Disproportionality share the inspiration behind their new Teachers College Press text, and considerations for equity and improved student outcomes in this author Q & A.

Voices in Urban Education

VUE is an open-access journal published twice annually and endeavors to serve as a “roundtable-in-print” by bringing together diverse education stakeholders with a wide range of viewpoints, including leading education writers and thinkers, as well as essential but frequently underrepresented voices in educational scholarship, such as students, parents, teachers, activists, and community members.

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