Education

QueensLatino founder discusses Latino Media Conference

QueensLatino founder discusses Latino Media Conference

Education, New York October 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm

This year’s Latino Media Conference—on Saturday, October 15—is more ideological, Castaño says, and geared toward encouraging civic participation by connecting media outlets with community organizations that serve Latinos. In his words, it’s more about “a progressive approach to the news.”

Fewer students attend Cantonese classes

Fewer students attend Cantonese classes

East Asian, Education, Manhattan October 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm

The New York Chinese School, the largest Chinese school in North America, had thousands of registered students in September. Yet for the first time since 1909, there are not enough Cantonese-learning students at the kindergarten and first grade level.

Bronx schools lag in test scores

Bronx schools lag in test scores

Education, New York October 7, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Elementary and middle school students in the Northwest Bronx scored worse than students throughout New York City and state on last year’s standardized tests in math and English. Roughly 33 percent of students passed the English exam, compared to 44 percent citywide. A local education councilman said that student performance in standardized tests has remained stagnant throughout the years in contrast to the Dept. of Education’s claims that students are doing better across the city on these tests.

Only a third of parents at this C-graded Bronx school turned in the surveys that determine a school's "environment" grade. So how does one compare this school to others where more than 90 percent of families weighed in?

Understanding school progress reports

Education, In the News October 6, 2011 at 5:52 pm

School progress reports are supposed to help parents and the public evaluate public schools. But the Department of Education employs a complicated formula, so the public needs help to understand the recently-released reports.

Dancing—a science, business, and art for Alfred Peña

Dancing—a science, business, and art for Alfred Peña

Culture, Dominican, Education October 4, 2011 at 3:37 pm

As a math major at Cornell University, Alfred Peña certainly knew numbers, but he wouldn’t have guessed that he’d be counting steps for a living. During his college years, however, he found his calling as a dancer, and he has since built up a popular dance instruction business.

Korean youths spread Taekwondo

Korean youths spread Taekwondo

Culture, East Asian, Education, Health, Metro Area October 4, 2011 at 3:19 pm

A few public schools in New York City teach the Korean martial art of Taekwondo to students. A brother-sister duo that teaches the sport are hoping that this spreads to more schools.

Samuel J. Gompers HS students on the first day of school.

South Bronx school gets no help from Dept. of Ed

Bronx, Education, In the News October 3, 2011 at 4:53 pm

Last spring, the Education Department identified Samuel Gompers High School in the Mott Haven section of the South Bronx as one of more than two dozen low-performing schools eligible for a special federal improvement grant. The school would have been required to close down and reopen as a charter schoolRead More

Suffolk police failing residents

Suffolk police failing residents

Education, Immigration, Opinion October 3, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Despite touting new translation tools and cursory Spanish-language trainings, Suffolk County police consistently deny basic services to residents with limited English proficiency, according to a coalition of community members and advocates that spoke at a press conference in Bay Shore on September 21.

(From L to R) Celeste Garcia, Arelis Melo, Maria Contreras and Juana Hidalgo, workers at La Familia Unida day care center, in their staff room in Washington Heights.

Strike looms at daycare center

Education, Manhattan September 28, 2011 at 2:19 pm

One of northern Manhattan’s largest non-profit organizations, only last year the focus of a city investigation into corruption allegations, now faces a fresh crisis – one that threatens to disrupt the lives of dozens of working parents and over 100 pre-school children.

Korean American students offer tutoring

Korean American students offer tutoring

East Asian, Education, Immigration September 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm

Korean American students at Columbia University have gotten together to offer free English classes for the Korean American community. Edonation, a non-profit organization, will hold vocabulary and pronunciation classes for adults, SAT/AP courses for high school students and Korean classes for kids this fall.

Survey: NYers would pay more for better schools

Education, In the News, New York September 26, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Roughly two-thirds of New Yorkers are willing to pay more in taxes to avoid cuts or increase funding to programs that improve high school graduation rates or give kids who’ve dropped out a chance to get their diploma, a survey from the Community Service Society finds.

Pay more for schools

Education, In the News, New York September 19, 2011 at 5:14 pm

Roughly two-thirds of New Yorkers are willing to pay more in taxes to avoid cuts or increase funding to programs that improve high school graduation rates or give kids who’ve dropped out a chance to get their diploma, a survey from the Community Service Society finds.

Telling tales to learn English

Telling tales to learn English

Education, Immigration, New York September 16, 2011 at 4:25 pm

Story Studio helps immigrant children learn English through telling personal stories they have developed, written and illustrated themselves. Students on Long Island showed off their newfound skills at a graduation ceremony. Five New York City middle schools have tried the program, and the federally-funded Story Studio hopes to persuade others to follow.

Parents protest pre-K cuts at P.S. 101

Parents protest pre-K cuts at P.S. 101

Education, Featured Posts, New York September 14, 2011 at 4:46 pm

Chinese families protested outside a Brooklyn school after the Department of Education kicked out 36 pre-k kids, citing over-crowding.