Global Film Festival to Explore Women’s Human Rights

Culture, Education March 26, 2012 at 5:36 pm

Since Voices of NY is based at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, we’re excited for CUNY’s Second Annual Global Film Series on Women’s Human Rights, which kicks off this Thursday.

Polish Students in Queens Could Lose High School

Polish Students in Queens Could Lose High School

Eastern European, Education, In the News March 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm

The Polish newspaper Nowy Dziennik reported on another potential school closing in the city, this time Grover Cleveland High School, a school in Queens with many Polish and other immigrant students.

High Schoolers Protest Student Arrests and Jail-Like Police Presence

High Schoolers Protest Student Arrests and Jail-Like Police Presence

Crime, Education March 7, 2012 at 4:41 pm

High school students described a jail-like atmosphere in their schools, where small disciplinary infractions lead to arrests and the security process can take an hour. They also released data showing that police had arrested five students every school day this past fall — and that 93.5 of those students were black or Latino.

Carmen Espinoza has run a day care center out of her house in Brooklyn for 11 years. (Photo by Humberto Arellano / EDLP)

Child Care Options Scarce for Working Immigrants

Economy, Education March 1, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Experts tout the importance of early childhood education and working parents rely on day care, but less than half of New York state’s 230,000 4-year-old children have access to those services. Reduced funding for day care centers and public preschools has exacerbated the problem.

The DOE promises immigrant parents of city schoolchildren "we have your language." (Photo by Mott Haven Herald)

School Translation Services Don’t Bridge Language Gap

Bronx, Education March 1, 2012 at 1:31 pm

The New York City Department of Education’s translation and interpretation services for immigrant parents of school children is not working as it should, The Mott Haven Herald reports.

Bienvenido Hernandez, dean at Village Prep HS in Mott Haven, tries to help students make wise decisions about sex.

Teen Pregnancy Rate Remains High in The Bronx

Bronx, Education, Health February 22, 2012 at 4:22 pm

Even as New York City has begun to mandate a new sex education program for junior high and high schools, the pregnancy rate in the Bronx is alarmingly high, a November report from New York University found. The Mott Haven Herald took a look at what’s being done to address the problem.

Over 100 parents and students turned out at a rally in support of the Shuang Wen school's former principal in February. (Photo by Patrick Hedlund/DNAinfo)

Bilingual School Defies DOE For Ousted Principal

Education, Featured Posts, Manhattan February 21, 2012 at 3:03 pm

More than 100 parents and students gathered in front of the Shuang Wen School in the Lower East Side Friday morning, to express their refusal to remove posters dedicated to the school’s beloved former principal, Ling Ling Chou. Chou was ousted amidst an investigation into financial impropriety.

Voices in Focus: Seen as a Foe of Immigrants, Pol Becomes Their Benefactor

Culture, Education, Long Island, Metro Area, Politics February 17, 2012 at 12:18 pm

In a new video from City Limits’ Brooklyn Bureau, city teenagers drop some wisdom about the importance of education. Also: an unintentional gift to an immigrants’ rights group; a drop in AIDS deaths among the city’s blacks; and an Australian investigation into child sex abuse in the Chabad community extends to the United States.

Portrait: ‘I Didn’t Plan to Become a Monk’

Culture, Education, Religion, South Asian February 16, 2012 at 3:21 pm

Feet in Two Worlds brought us this audio slide show portrait of Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, the first Hindu Chaplain of Columbia University, and now also of New York University.

High school students went to Albany yesterday to urge support for the DREAM Act.

Voices in Focus: Tragedy in Yonkers, DREAM Act Rallies, and the Torah on Homosexuality

Culture, Education, Immigration, LGBTQ February 15, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Here’s what’s on our radar this morning from the community and ethnic media.

The BDS conference last weekend at University of Pennsylvania was free of expected clashes between participants and pro-Israel groups.

Voices in Focus: Will Competitive Grants for Education Shortchange Poor Districts?

Culture, Education, Opinion, Politics February 13, 2012 at 8:39 am

The Amsterdam News warns that “Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget leaves black and brown communities out in the cold,” The Jewish Daily Forward reports on calls to boycott Israel, and DNAinfo updates us on the Danny Chen case.

Photo Finish: Alligator Petting Zoo

Photo Finish: Alligator Petting Zoo

Education, Featured Posts, New York February 10, 2012 at 6:07 pm

A Louisiana swamp comes to New York City, courtesy of The History Channel. The Epoch Times ran this picture of public school students greeting Abby the alligator in Manhattan’s Chelsea Market. The exhibit will be open through Feb. 12.

Long Island residents aired their complaints about proposed redistricting maps yesterday at a hearing.

Voices in Focus: A Mysterious Drop in Black Unemployment, a Queens Scam and LinSanity

Culture, Economy, Education, Politics, Sports February 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Today we found more reports on redistricting, as well as news of the arrest of a teacher’s aide on child pornography charges in Brooklyn, and of efforts to help victims of a scam that targeted Latinos in Queens.

Korean Students Tell of Chronic Bullying

East Asian, Education, In the News February 8, 2012 at 5:04 pm

As anyone who remembers grade school knows, bullies often target students that they consider strange or different. Often, those students come from immigrant families. The Korea Times reported recently on Korean American students victimized by bullies at school or through cyber-bullying — sending or posting cruel messages on the InternetRead More

Teen Journalism: Students Balk at Mandarin-Only Language Classes

Teen Journalism: Students Balk at Mandarin-Only Language Classes

Bronx, Education, In the News February 8, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Teen reporter Kiki Olafimihan tells of student dissatisfaction with the policy of teaching Mandarin only at International Leadership Charter High School in the Bronx. And for other teen journos out there — the Bronx Youth Journalism Initiative is taking applications.