For the second time in four years, a city comptroller has faulted the city school system for failing to provide adequate physical education—but been unable to assess the full scope of the issue because of gaps in the data.
To prepare questions for future state exams, testing companies will soon administer so-called field tests to city students. But this op-ed asks: how are these no-pressure, no-prep exams a valid proving ground for questions that will count next year?
The scene at the former Fresh Kills landfill, of beautiful scenery built about decades of bad trash policy, gives reason for optimism that the city will find a way to deal with the rising costs of managing waste. But it will take a change in mindset, not just policy.
From upstate Seneca County to the banks of the Delaware River, people who live near landfills and trash-burning energy plants are parsing Mayor de Blasio's "zero waste" pledge—and taking action to reduce the impact of our trash on their lives.