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.

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.