Education

Vacil (3 dots) tattooed between fingers mean jail, the street, or death

“La Mara es mi padre” – how violent gangs recruit teens

Education, Immigration, New York December 28, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Far from the aggressive images of the Central American Mara Salvatrucha – shaved heads, tattoos on their faces and bodies – the MS13 on Long Island goes about unnoticed. Only the “vacil” (3 dots) tattooed between a person’s fingers, or on the side of their left eye, can identify a member.

Korean comfort women and Holocaust survivors embrace during a historic meeting.

Korean “comfort women” demand apology

East Asian, Education, Featured Posts, Queens December 21, 2011 at 4:10 pm

Korean “comfort women” met with Holocaust survivors on Dec. 13 in Queens during a historic summit on the horrific experiences the women endured during World War II.

Children at the school playground in P.S. 217

School overcrowding causes concern in Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Education, Featured Posts December 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm

According to the New York City Department of Education’s 2010-2011 capacity report, about a third of NYC elementary school buildings are over capacity. Nearly a hundred of these schools are in Brooklyn. Out of the 5,003 new seats the department provided to schools this year, Brooklyn— the most populated borough—received only 343 of them.

"If I Were a Poor Black Kid" by Forbes Contributor Gene Marks gets heated responses.

Outrage over Forbes race column

Education, Featured Posts, Opinion, Politics December 18, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Columnists respond angrily to Gene Marks controversial “If I Were a Poor Black Kid” column in Forbes magazine.

Yasuaki Yamashita speaks to teenagers at the Jane Addams High School in the Bronx.

Atomic bomb survivor promotes peace

East Asian, Education, New York December 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm

Japanese artist Yasuaki Yamashita was a child on his mother’s knee when the “Fatman” atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. Last week Yamashita recounted his experience with New York City teenagers, in an effort to promote peace.

DREAMers can face nightmares

DREAMers can face nightmares

Education, Featured Posts, Health, Immigration December 7, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Two mental health experts spread the word about mental health awareness after a suicide of an undocumented student in Texas.

Kids get library? Company gets what?

Kids get library? Company gets what?

Education, Featured Posts December 7, 2011 at 4:10 pm

For-profit companies help schools with dwindling budgets but is it purely goodwill?

Students rally for the DREAM Act.

DREAM Act team turns to state aid

Education, Featured Posts, Immigration December 5, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Supporters have begun a campaign to make undocumented students eligible for scholarships and state aid programs.

A group of young people participated on Nov. 15 at a press conference with education officials to push for legislation that would provide college aid to undocumented students in New York State.

Regents Board support college aid for undocumented

Education, Latino, Manhattan November 21, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Education officials met on Nov. 15 with undocumented students and activists on the steps of the New York Public Library on 42nd Street in Manhattan to support enactment of a law that would provide financial assistance to undocumented students in the state.

Muslim leaders have begun educating constituents about their rights, in light of revelations of NYPD surveillance.

Muslims react to NYPD surveillance

Education, New York November 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Following the Associated Press’s revelation that the New York City Police Department has targeted Muslims for undercover surveillance,  Muslim leaders have begun conducting teach-ins to let their constituents know their rights and to warn them to watch for informants and provocateurs.

Muslim leaders have begun educating constituents about their rights, in light of revelations of NYPD surveillance.

Muslims react to NYPD surveillance

Education, New York November 18, 2011 at 3:44 pm

Following the Associated Press’s revelation that the New York City Police Department has targeted Muslims for undercover surveillance,  Muslim leaders have begun conducting teach-ins to let their constituents know their rights and to warn them to watch for informants and provocateurs.

Elias Garcia, a third grader at P.S. 24 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Dual-language schools face challenges

Brooklyn, Education, In the News, Latino November 16, 2011 at 4:20 pm

Ninety New York City public schools use a dual-language curriculum to teach children from Spanish-speaking homes. But students at many of those schools are not faring well on standardized tests.

Middle school students in the Bronx spend their Saturday in test prep classes in hopes of gaining admission to elite high schools.

Program aims at opening elite school doors

Bronx, Education November 16, 2011 at 2:25 pm

The Science Schools Initiative began providing free prep classes to middle school students in the Bronx whose families cannot afford expensive test prep programs. The organization hopes to make the city’s elite high schools within the students’ reach.

Dr. Jorge Piña, founder of the Metapoesía Movement in the Dominican Republic.

Latino writers between a feather and a hard place

Bronx, Culture, Education, Latino November 14, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Hispanic writers stress the need for local publishing houses that would publish and distribute the works of writers who write in Spanish, as well as media coverage and cultural spaces to present their work.

South Asians urged to report school bullying

South Asians urged to report school bullying

Education, In the News, New York, South Asian November 11, 2011 at 3:31 pm

Bullying against South Asian students has risen significantly after 9/11, according to a study by the Department of Education.