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, Uncategorized 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.

Students urge change in discipline

Students urge change in discipline

Education, In the News, Manhattan, New York October 14, 2011 at 4:24 pm

More than 100 students, parents and teachers gathered at City Hall last week to protest the Department of Education’s discipline policies and urge the city to use alternatives to suspensions that they say promote better behavior.

Advocacy groups team up for DREAM initiative

Asian, Education, In the News, New York, Southeast Asian October 14, 2011 at 3:51 pm

Advocacy groups gathered in New York to fundraise for a program that helps undocumented students with financial support for college. The DREAM Fellowship Program awards 10 students with internship opportunities and aid for college.

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.