Weekly Round-Up: April 11th, 2014


  • The Chancellor of the Department of Education has proposed a new regulation that will shift the guidelines for promoting 3rd through 8th grade students based on test scores to a more individual, performance based assessment. Teachers will be required to put together portfolios for students who are struggling and leave it up to the principal to decide whether the child should be promoted or would benefit from summer school. (WNYC)

Health Care

  • The White House has announced that the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, will resign and Sylvia Mathews Burwell will take her place.  Burwell has been the director of the Office of Management and Budget since last April.  Many speculate that Sebelius is stepping down due to a marred relationship with President Obama over the rocky roll-out of the Affordable Care Act.  For more information, please click here. (NYTimes)

Municipal ID Cards

  • The New York City Council has introduced a bill that would allow NYC residents to obtain a New York City municipal ID card. The reason for these ID cards is to alleviate some of the basic challenges undocumented immigrants and other people face who don’t have government identification. For example, the ID card could help people with opening bank accounts and having access to public facilities. For an article on the bill, please click here. (CBS)

Juvenile Justice

  • Governor Cuomo has announced the names of those who will serve on the Commission for Youth, Public Safety and Justice.  This commission is tasked with coming up with juvenile justice recommendations this year.  Cuomo announced the creation of this commission in the 2014 State of the State with the statement that this is the time to “raise the age.”  New York remains one of only two states that sets the age of criminal responsibility at 16.  Please click here to view the list of commission members.