‘Like shooting a gun in the dark’—a New York City principal and the education beat

As long-time principal and covid survivor Lisa Edmiston prepares to reopen her middle school in Astoria, she has worked to manage the fear shared by her staff and students. She has also made arrangements for herself at a local funeral home.

On this week’s Kicker, Edmiston and Michael Elsen-Rooney, an education reporter for the Daily News, speak with Kyle Pope, editor and publisher of CJR, on how to assess what city education officials say, New York mayor Bill de Blasio’s dismissive attitude toward education unions, and the pandemic’s effect on the culture of the Department of Education.

CJR · ‘Like shooting a gun in the dark’—a New York City principal and the education beat

 

SHOW NOTES

NYC takes on big challenge updating school ventilation systems as reopening looms, Michael Elsen-Rooney, New York Daily News

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NYC students already behind in class struggling in virtual summer school, Michael Elsen-Rooney, New York Daily News

Glowing coverage of Cuomo also raises difficult questions, Ross Barkan, CJR

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Amanda Darrach is a contributor to CJR and a visiting scholar at the University of St Andrews School of International Relations. Follow her on Twitter @thedarrach.