David Bloomfield Appointed to New York City Children’s Cabinet

David BloomfieldProfessor David Bloomfield (GC/Brooklyn, Urban Education) has been appointed a Content Expert on the New York City Children’s Cabinet, an initiative created by Mayor Bill de Blasio to increase coordination among city agencies that are involved with child safety and well-being.
Bloomfield will provide feedback on policy and practice opportunities through a “mapping” project that will outline the city’s vision for child safety and health from birth through young adulthood.
The map is aimed at aligning domains such as education, health and safety, family life, social and emotional development, and community and civic engagement.
Bloomfield, whose research interests include school leadership and education law and policy, was invited to join the initiative by Benita R. Miller, the executive director of the Children’s Cabinet.
A sought-after expert on New York City’s public schools, Bloomfield is frequently featured in news stories and features, including the recent coverage below:

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio’s recent speech was “a feel-good parade of accomplishments and helpful initiatives,” and lacked any mention of the degree of racial segregation in the city’s schools or ways to remedy the divide, he told the New York Times.
  • “Are we in a neo-segregationist era of separate but equal?” Bloomfield wrote in an op-ed for The Hechinger Report.
  • “If [New York Governor Andrew Cuomo] has confidence in the commissioner he might be less prone to bully [the state education department],” he told Politico. “But he should not be allowed to put himself in the position of dictating education policy as if it were a gubernatorial agency.”
  • The mayor is being unfairly criticized, Bloomfield said in a New York Chalk Beat story, for following procedures outlined in a law favored by charter school advocates. “This is a law that was written to their specifications, certainly not de Blasio’s,” Bloomfield said. “It seems to be a situation where he can do no right.”
  • Even successful programs are often just “teaching to the test,” with a “lack of proof that information is retained,” he told Education Week.

Submitted on: OCT 7, 2015

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