CHANGING THE CONVERSATION

The public education conversation in New York City, and really everywhere, is dominated by the voices of politicians, school officials, union leaders, and others who have long since forgotten what it's like to sit in a student's desk. The result is a politicized dialogue that often loses sight of the most important stakeholders: children.

Because of this politicization, media coverage of schools has come to resemble play-by-play coverage of a tennis match, dulling our collective will to produce change.

The Bell takes a different approach. We share stories from students, whose voices connect with us on a more personal level and remind us what's at stake. We hope that our coverage promotes an urgent dialogue that drives to the root of the problems in our schools and inspires all of us to come together, on the same team, to solve them.

Listen to our latest episode now.

– Taylor McGraw, editor of The Bell

 

 

EMPOWERING STUDENTS

The Bell helps to provide a platform for a student-led coalition called Teens Take Charge, which advocates for educational equity in New York City. The Bronx Library Center hosted the group's launch event April 28, which you can see a glimpse of in the videos to the right.

• Read about Teens Take Charge in the New York Times and Chalkbeat

• Follow Teens Take Charge on Facebook & Instagram.

 

IN THE PRESS

Check out editor Taylor McGraw and Teens Take Charge member Haby Sondo on BronxNet talking about educational inequity and promoting the launch event. 

Our editor Taylor McGraw sat down with the Independent Sources team at CUNY TV for a conversation about school segregation, The Bell, and Teens Take Charge.

 

The Bell has been cited in several media outlets, including The New York Times, WNYC, and Chalkbeat.

Click the photos to read the full stories.