Education

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.

Voices in Focus: America’s Gap in Health Coverage, Youngsters Addicted to Caffeine, and a Gyrating Candy

Voices in Focus: America’s Gap in Health Coverage, Youngsters Addicted to Caffeine, and a Gyrating Candy

Culture, Education, Health, Immigration, Opinion, Politics February 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

Teenagers addicted to energy drinks, John McCain’s evolving position on immigration, and sexy M&Ms are on our radar this morning.

GPS Geocaching catches on in Manhattan

GPS Geocaching catches on in Manhattan

Education, In the News, New York January 25, 2012 at 1:41 pm

New Yorker Brett Rogers wants to take you on an educational and exploratory journey that retraces the steps of the famous spy ring that outed Benedict Arnold during the Revolutionary War. It’s all part of the geocaching experience that’s catching on in Manhattan.

Asians lose fight for Lunar New Year school holiday

Culture, Education, In the News, New York January 24, 2012 at 8:56 pm

The bills to make the Lunar New Year day a school holiday in New York State are going nowhere. The bills calling for all city school districts of cities of more than 1 million residents, with at least 7.5% of them Asian, have been introduced many times for the past six years but have never made it to floor consideration.

Call for limit on cigarette ads in city bodegas

Call for limit on cigarette ads in city bodegas

Bronx, Education, In the News, Politics January 22, 2012 at 2:27 pm

A Bronx advocacy group is pushing for legislation to limit cigarette ads that target teen shoppers in city bodegas. The group argues that cigarette companies prey on communities of color and low income neighborhoods.

Protesters at City Hall highlighting low college readiness among some minority high schoolers.

High schools not preparing Blacks and Latinos for college

Education, New York January 20, 2012 at 2:00 pm

13 percent of Black and Latino high-school graduates are college ready compared to 50 percent of White students.

The new food insecure: middle income, college educated

Economy, Education, In the News, New York January 17, 2012 at 8:09 pm

A new Food Bank for New York City report shows a growing trend of food insecurity among the city’s college educated and middle income populations.

Language students try on traditional clothing in Koreatown

Students don dresses as part of Korean language class

Asian, Education, Featured Posts, New York January 17, 2012 at 4:39 pm

About 40 students from Palisades Park High School’s Korean classes took a field trip to Koreatown in Manhattan to experience Korean culture.

From left to right: Selena Maldonado, Djassi Julien, David Ocasio, Nicole Salazar, Jieegy Diawara, Peter Lam

Pre-teens talk Martin’s dream and modern day racism

African American, Culture, Education, New York January 13, 2012 at 2:37 pm

“Dr. King’s dream is still alive, but when I go online to YouTube, I see a lot of people making racist videos,” said 12-year-old David Ocasio.

Kids get 20 years of toxic exposure

Kids get 20 years of toxic exposure

Bronx, Education, Environment, In the News, New York January 11, 2012 at 2:13 pm

For 20 years students at The Bronx New School (P.S. 51) have been exposed to a deadly chemical that was recently declared to be a carcinogen to humans by the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Bickering between teachers, city cost NYC schools $60M

Education, In the News, New York January 10, 2012 at 1:04 am

A disagreement between teachers and the city’s Department of Education has cost New York City almost $60M in federal School Improvement Grants. Amsterdam News reports that both sides have been negotiating for five months, and are yet to come up with an agreeable way to evaluate teacher performance.

Jobs and services at the Brooklyn Public Library struggle to survive amidst millions of dollars in budget cuts.

Brooklyn Public Library facing $17.5M budget cut

Brooklyn, Economy, Education January 10, 2012 at 12:45 am

The Brooklyn Bureau reports that the public library system is barely keeping its head above water after just over $1M in cuts last fiscal year. Now officials are wondering what will happen when that reduction is multiplied by 17.