Post Tagged with: "Department of Education"

Aixa Padillo, Felipe M. Adison Valdez, and teacher Carmine Guirland. (Photo by Mariela Lombard via El Diario)

Teens on Juvenile Probation Graduate

Education, New York, Youth July 27, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Ten teens graduated July 22 after taking advantage of a program through the Department of Probation and the Department of Education, reports El Diario/La Prensa.

Gulshan Chowdhury, Bangladeshi parent with Sapna NYC, says she did not know her son’s school offered translation and language services. (Photo by Aaron Montes for Voices of NY)

Parents Still Suffer Limited Access to Language Services

Access to translation and interpretation services continues to be a problem for non-English speaking parents in NYC, according to a new report from the New York Immigration Coalition.

According to the city's Department of Health, 17,000 teenagers, 15-19 years old, become pregnant every year. (Photo via Mariela Lombard / El Diario)

Latino Parents Support Classroom Condom Demonstrations

Education, Health, New York, Youth June 3, 2015 at 4:36 pm

Immigrant parents say they support the education department’s recent decision to allow condom demonstrations in high school classrooms, reports El Diario.

Samsun Nahar, a parent leader with Desis Rising Up and Moving or DRUM, speaks to advocates, other parents and the press about the lack of translation and interpretation services for Bengali at her kids' schools in the Bronx. After speaking to the crowd in Bengali, Roksana Mun, also with DRUM gave Nahar's speech in English.  (Photo by Jennifer Lehman for Voices of NY)

Schools Urged to Offer More Language Services for Parents

Education, Featured Posts, Immigration, New York, Voices' Picks February 17, 2015 at 11:27 pm

The New York Immigration Coalition’s Education Collaborative is urging schools to offer more language access services to parents.

Karen Sprowal outside her son's middle school following a meeting with staff to discuss his disabilities. Sprowal says services that had been mandated for her son's attention deficit disorder went unmet for three years in elementary school. (Photo by Geoff Decker, via Chalkbeat)

Big Gaps in Services to Special Ed Students

Education, New York October 17, 2014 at 5:42 pm

The DOE is struggling to plug gaps in the delivery of special services to students with disabilities in several parts of the city, reports Chalkbeat.

Lorraine Doucette crossing the street with her sons Liam (4 years old, walking) and Jason (6 years old, in the chair). (Photo by Adi Talwar via City Limits)

Parents Battle DOE Over Special Ed

Education, Youth October 1, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Parents have trouble negotiating the DOE bureaucracy in NYC to ensure that their disabled children get the “free and appropriate” education they deserve, City Limits reports.

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Coalition Asks City to Reform Schools’ Discipline Code

Education, New York September 15, 2014 at 9:21 pm

A citywide coalition of students, parents and activists is urging the de Blasio administration to reform the schools’ discipline code to end the “school-to-prison pipeline,” reports Amsterdam News.

The 2013-14 high school directory (above) featured school letter grades, though the 2014-15 directory does not. (Photo via Chalkbeat)

No More Failing Schools?

Education, New York July 1, 2014 at 4:06 pm

In a signal of changes to come, the city’s Department of Education has not assigned letter grades to high schools in the latest 2014-15 directory, Chalkbeat reports.

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School Disciplinary Codes to be Reviewed

Black, Education, Latino, New York June 9, 2014 at 2:14 pm

School safety officers disproportionately penalize black and Latino students, and the codes and their application are set for review at NYC DOE hearings, the Amsterdam News reports.

Parents in Bayside, Queens at a recent meeting about gifted student programs. (Photo via World Journal)

Queens Parents Protest Gifted Student Program Changes

East Asian, Education December 24, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Parents of students in gifted elementary school programs in Bayside, Queens, blindsided on learning that their children will not be automatically promoted to gifted junior high programs, were told funding limited the number of seats available, reports World Journal.

Translated versions of the DOE's directories of public schools are only available online (unlike the English edition), making them difficult to access for immigrant families with little computer literacy. (Image from Arabic edition of the high school directory for Queens)

School Directories Missing in Translation

Education October 10, 2013 at 3:47 pm

The DOE offers translations of its directories of the city’s public schools but unlike the printed English version, those in other languages are only found online, reports GothamSchools. Immigrant parents with little computer literacy are unable to access the guides, and when they do, they often find incomplete directories.

Students protest co-location at Coney Island Prep, in 2011. Co-location is a concern across the city.  (BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/file photo via Home Reporter News)

Co-Location Woes in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn

Brooklyn, Education, Elections 2013, Politics September 27, 2013 at 2:21 pm

One community in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn is left reeling after the decision for a co-location charter school took place without parents and teachers being adequately notified, reports Home Reporter News.

Paul McIntosh's role as school librarian goes beyond books. (Photo by Madeleine Cummings via City Limits)

School Librarians on Chopping Block?

Education September 26, 2013 at 2:01 pm

Citing “fiscal challenges and technological changes,” the Department of Education is pushing for alternatives to certified school librarians, such as using teachers or volunteers, or putting libraries in classrooms, reports City Limits.

Last year, only 32.6 percent of city kids who participated in free or reduced-price lunch plans during the academic school year regularly ate free meals from the Summer Food Service Program. (Photo by U.S. Department of Agriculture, Creative Commons license)

Turnout Low for Kids’ Summer Food Program

Education, Food August 13, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Of the kids who receive free or reduced-price lunches during the school year, only a fraction regularly eat meals provided by the Summer Food Service Program. Brooklyn Bureau looks at factors contributing to this discrepancy, as advocates and the DOE work on outreach and facilitating access to the meals.

Kyndal Williams (left) is in between her sophomore and junior year at Gotham Professional Arts Academy and has not been successful in finding a summer job. It's hard to keep her granddaughter busy over the summer, says Kyndal's grandmother Lettie Edgerton (right). (Photo via GothamSchools)

Kids Left Out in the Cold for Summer Programs

Education, Social Services July 9, 2013 at 12:31 pm

The disparity among parents in accessing or even just finding out about summer programs for their kids has left many children spending two months at home. With varying degrees of help from schools or demand exceeding supply for affordable programs, some parents struggle to keep their kids safe and occupied.