The expansion of instant replay in baseball threatens to extinguish one of the game’s most popular traditions: umpire-manager arguments.
HOST INTRO: Next week, public school students across New York will take the final portion of this year’s statewide standardized assessments. This is the second year those exams have been designed to test the federal education standards known as Common Core. And they are controversial. Just this week, lawmakers in North Carolina introduced legislation to […]
Ever since the city council established the position for the inspector general to oversee the NYPD, New Yorkers have been waiting to see who the city would elect to fill the post. That answer came today when Philip Eure was named the first inspector general of the nation’s largest police force.
A spate of accidents over the past year has drawn scrutiny to the commuter rail network Metro North. The embattled agency got its official comeuppance earlier today when the Federal Railroad Administration issued a scathing report. It faulted Metro North for prioritizing speed over safety. Avi Wolfman-Arent rode the rails to hear what commuters and politicians are saying.
Dissatisfaction with standardized testing has prompted a growing number of parents to pull their children from statewide tests as a form of protest.There are concerns, however, that opting out could hurt children, particularly since grade promotion and federal funding can be tethered to test performance.
Rutgers-Newark professor Alexander Motyl analyzes the fragile political situation in Crimea, where the threat of secessionist rebellion threatens Ukraine’s stability.
Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych reached an agreement with opposition leaders earlier today aimed at ending the country’s civil unrest. Yanukovych promised to hold early elections and curtail presidential power. It’s unclear if those moves will satisfy street demonstrators, many of whom want Yanukovych removed from office. Nicolai Petro, a professor of politics at the University of Rhode Island, is […]
During the 2013 New York City mayoral campaign, Bill DeBlasio said he’d charge rent to some charter schools that use space in district school buildings. That proposal prompted school choice advocates to stage a massive protest last October. Now that De Blasio is mayor, as Avi Wolfman-Arent reports, some charter schools are trying to make peace.
HOST INTRO: Ah, Valentine’s Day. A time for love, passion and…panic. If you’re one of the unlucky few who forgot to nab a restaurant reservation in advance, you’ve likely spent the past week scouring the boroughs for a table. Perhaps you’ve begged. Perhaps you’ve lied. Whatever you’ve done, the city’s restaurant hosts have been on the […]