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.

Dream Team members at Brooklyn College.

Undocumented immigrant students form ‘DREAM Team’

Education, Immigration, In the News, New York November 9, 2011 at 10:56 am

Undocumented students at City Universities have formed The DREAM Team, in alliance with the nationwide effort to pass the DREAM Act.

Students from Emma Lazarus High School.

A high school for ESL students

Education, In the News, Manhattan November 8, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Emma Lazarus High School caters to students, 16 and older, who are not native English speakers and looking to pursue higher education.

Parents critical of new school officer

Education, In the News, Latino November 7, 2011 at 11:59 am

The NYC school system has a new person in charge of helping the parents of the 1.1 million children who attend public schools. The problem is that many of them have not heard anything from him since he was appointed in July.

Cabbage, green peppers, apples and kale are just some of the seasonal fruits and vegetables Lenox Finest Food Market will sell as part of the Fresh Bodegas initiative.

Rounding-up food in NY

Culture, Education, Featured Posts, Health, Immigration, New York November 2, 2011 at 3:45 pm

A sample of articles from the ethnic and local press that cover various angles on food.

School resource centers launched for immigrants

Education, Immigration, In the News, New York October 25, 2011 at 3:14 pm

The New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) has launched school-based Family Resource Centers (FRC) in all five boroughs. The centers intend to combat immigrant student dropout rates, give immigrant parents access to ID documents that will allow them to enter schools, as well as provide workshops for parents and facilitate accessRead More

Threatened closing of PS 256 triggers protest

Brooklyn, Education, In the News October 21, 2011 at 5:30 pm

About a hundred angry parents, educators and students from PS 256 rallied outside their school this week in fear and resentment that the city’s Department of Education (DOE) is considering closing the school. The DOE recently placed the school, located at 114 Kosciuszko Street, on its 20-low performing elementary andRead More

Immigration: The Ultimate Teen Guide, by Tatyana Kleyn

Learning about immigration, beyond Ellis Island

Education, Immigration, Latino, New York October 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm

Tatyana Kleyn, a bilingual education professor at City College, wants to change the way immigration is taught in public schools. Her new book, Immigration: The Ultimate Teen Guide, which comes out in May, attempts to show the history that a lot of textbooks leave out.

Alan Gary criticizes how the Department of Education response to the discovery of toxins at P.S. 51 while son Nathanial, 11, left, an alumnus of the school, holds a sign that reads "Toxic, Keep Out"

‘Toxic classroom’ parents say new school unsafe

Bronx, Education October 18, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Renewing criticism of how the Department of Education handled safety concerns at their former building, parents from P.S. 51 in the Bronx say their new site isn’t up to par, either.

According to a survey, a large portion of Latinos residing in NYC would choose to move.

Latinos No Longer Love NY

Economy, Education, New York October 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Even though the majority of New Yorkers are content with life in the Big Apple, 36 percent of Hispanics would leave the city if they had the opportunity to do so, according to a survey released yesterday about living in New York. The survey, conducted by the Marist Institute forRead More

CRUISING: New Yorkers ride on a contested bike lane in Park Slope, Brooklyn, on Wednesday.

Do New Yorkers love NY?

Economy, Education, Featured Posts, New York October 17, 2011 at 3:05 pm

A survey shows that most residents are happy with New York but the same may not be true for Latinos.