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Sept. 7, 2015: Best-of episode

Wayne Spence, the new President of the Public Employees Federation (PEF), explains his vision for the union.

We speak with Luna Droubi, an Associate at Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP, about the death of Samuel Harrell, a prisoner at Fishkill Correctional Facility whose death was ruled a homicide. Ms. Droubi is representing Harrell’s family.

Former New York City schools chancellor Dennis Walcott will lead a three-member State Education Department monitoring panel for the East Ramapo School District. Racial, religious and economic tensions run high in the district. Walcott, who has dealt with complicated education environments before, discusses how he plans to proceed.

There is some movement in the NYSER case: New Yorkers for Students’ Educational Rights (NYSER) is a coalition of statewide organizations, parent groups, and advocacy groups that has brought a new constitutional challenge to the state education finance system. Michael Rebell, a professor at the Columbia Teachers College who litigated the Campaign for Fiscal Equity case, is NYSER’s lead attorney as well as the executive director of the Campaign for Educational Equity (CEE).

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