Rotary clock near the Princeton Junction train station (Photo by slgckgc, Creative Commons license)

Easing Academic Stress in NJ School District Exposes Ethnic Split

Asian, Education, Metro Area January 7, 2016 at 4:05 pm

Officials of the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in New Jersey are pushing for an academic program that draws the emphasis away from grades. But some parents, particularly of Asian descent, are not pleased, including those who spoke to Desi Talk.

The city is planning to close The School for the Urban Environment and Foundations Academy, which share a building in Bedford-Stuyvesant. Officials also proposed closing Peace Academy Middle School. ( Photo by Stephanie Snyder via Chalkbeat)

Three Low Performing Schools to Close

Education December 16, 2015 at 3:00 pm

Chalkbeat reports on the planned closings of three poorly performing schools with low enrollment.

Maniche, Haiti (Photo by Blue Skyz Studios,   Creative Commons license)

A Haitian Studies Institute at Brooklyn College?

Brooklyn, Caribbean, Education December 8, 2015 at 5:17 pm

A Haitian Studies Institute could open in the spring at Brooklyn College, a fitting location for the proposed academic and research hub given the large Haitian population in the borough, says Caribbean Life.

UpBeat NYC students practicing during a rehearsal. (Photo by Daniela Castro via Mott Haven Herald)

Youth Play an ‘UpBeat’ Tune in the South Bronx

Bronx, Education, Youth December 7, 2015 at 11:56 am

UpBeat NYC brings music lessons to young people in the South Bronx, where many schools have had to cut their music and arts programs, reports Mott Haven Herald.

Jennifer de la Cruz is preparing to achieve her goals. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Queens Transgender Women Fight Discrimination With Education

Education, Labor, LGBTQ, Queens, Women December 4, 2015 at 4:10 pm

A group of Latina transgender women in Queens created a cooperative that provides them with training and education in cosmetology and styling, El Diario reports.

Banana Kelly High School (Photo via Wikimedia, Creative Commons license)

Goal-Setting for Renewal Schools: a Reprieve

Education, New York December 3, 2015 at 6:19 pm

Renewal schools are being given three years to meet targets most NYC schools must meet in one year, reports Chalkbeat.

The Department of Education has acknowledged that 49,000 new seats must be created throughout the city. (Photo via El Diario)

NYC Schools Severely Overcrowded

Brooklyn, Education, Queens November 17, 2015 at 3:23 pm

A report reveals that more than 100,000 additional seats are needed, especially at schools in immigrant communities, El Diario reports.

(Photo via The Brooklyn Ink)

A Home for Protests, Politics and South African Food

African, Brooklyn, Education, Food November 17, 2015 at 2:38 pm

Adding their voice to protests across South Africa against proposed tuition hikes at universities, nearly a hundred rallied in front of Madiba Restaurant in Fort Greene, with the support of its politically active owner, reports The Brooklyn Ink.

Students stay after class to talk about school segregation (Photo by Monica Disare via Chalkbeat)

Exploring How to Desegregate One Bronx School

Bronx, Education November 11, 2015 at 1:17 pm

At a high school in the Bronx, students explore how to desegregate schools, including theirs, in an elective class, reports Chalkbeat.

NYC Public Advocate Letitia James is one of the plan's supporters. (Photo by Cristina Loboguerrero via El Diario)

Council Members Push to Expand Dual-Language Education

Education, Government, New York October 30, 2015 at 6:29 pm

A group of City Council members is asking the Department of Education to expand foreign language instruction in public schools, El Diario reports.

Pianist Lang Lang (center in dark grey jacket) with students at PS 13 in Brooklyn (Photo via Sing Tao Daily)

Lang Lang Teaches Piano at P.S. 13

Brooklyn, Culture, East Asian, Education, Youth October 27, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Chinese pianist Lang Lang visited PS 13 in Brooklyn, Sing Tao daily reports, as part of his foundation’s mission to educate and inspire a new generation of music lovers and performers.

Tunisia Adopts Bilingual Charter School in Harlem

Tunisia Adopts Bilingual Charter School in Harlem

Education, Manhattan, North African October 9, 2015 at 7:57 pm

The partnership, which also involves the Organization Internationale de La Francophonie, will provide the New York French American Charter School with educational and financial support, reports Amsterdam News.

Edwardo Torres with his son Calvin, who goes to one of Success Academy’s charter schools. (Photo by Gerardo Romo via El Diario)

Charter Schools Size Up Against the Mayor

Brooklyn, Education October 8, 2015 at 3:36 pm

More than 10,000 people gathered to demand better facilities for charter schools from Mayor Bill de Blasio, El Diario reports.

Brooklyn Rebuild Immigrant Community and Knowledge (BRICK) has offered space but there is still no funding for a teacher. The women meet there to organize their next steps to obtain funding for the classes. (Photo by Shannon Geis/Ditmas Park Corner)

English Learners Speak Out to Get Classes Back

Brooklyn, Education, Social Services, Women September 25, 2015 at 4:02 pm

A group of immigrant women in Ditmas Park who had attended local English classes together are now getting an education in advocacy instead, reports Ditmas Park Corner.

Bilingual teacher Elizabeth Cząstkiewicz conducts classes in Polish to kindergarten children at P.S. 34 in Greenpoint. (Photo by Andrzej Cierkosz/Dobra Polska Szkola via Nowy Dziennik)

Greenpoint School First to Launch Polish Dual Language Program

Eastern European, Education September 16, 2015 at 2:32 pm

The city’s first Polish dual language program starts at Greenpoint’s P.S. 34 where 60 percent of the students come from Polish immigrant families, reports Nowy Dziennik.