Signing off

I guess it’s obvious from my lack of posts so far this year that I am no longer blogging religiously.

But I wanted to officially sign off and say thanks for reading. I wrote 2,383 posts over several years and enjoyed doing it.

I’m too busy covering education these days to give this blog anywhere near the attention it deserves. Plus, I’ve been off the religion beat long enough that I no longer have the insight or sources to offer a “New York point of view” on religion news.

I know some people found this blog from my “Faithbeat” Twitter account. I set up that account while I was still covering religion full-time (and when I was writing a weekly column called “FaithBeat.”) I linked the Twitter account to my blog — but also intended to Tweet religion news. But then I lost the religion beat and the Twitter thing never got going.

Again, thanks for reading. I hope to cover religion again, in some form, in the future. For now, I’m focused on test scores, teacher evaluations, school budgets and the strange mix of acronyms that drive education news.


Gary Stern

Gary Stern covered education in the Lower Hudson Valley for several years during the early 1990s. Now's he back on the beat. He believes that schools are one of the main reasons that people live around here and that educational issues -- from curriculum to financing -- are among the most challenging things that journalists can write about. He continues to be amazed by the complexity of educational jargon. Gary got his B.A. at SUNY Buffalo and his M.A. from the University of Missouri Journalism School (where his master's thesis was about the best ways to cover education). He lives in White Plains with his wife and two sons, who attend public schools.