by on April 16, 2018
Leonie Haimson (l.), executive director of Class Size Matters, said the city has increased class sizes, ignoring a 2007 law requiring lower class sizes. Advocates and city parents have filed a lawsuit calling on state Education Department officials and city schools Chancellor Richard Carranza to reduce class sizes in the public schools. The suit filed in Albany State Supreme Court Thursday was brought by advocates with Class Size Matters, the Alliance for Quality Education and nine par...
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by on April 16, 2018
School-based prevention programs can substantially reduce children’s cavities. They also have emerged as an important way to improve access to dental services in medically underserved areas, often serving as the sole source of dental care for children. However, questions remain about which school-based strategies are the most effective.  The New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry reports that a combination of cavity prevention strategies may be more effective than single strateg...
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by on April 11, 2018
Chandell Stone has started a dream business. Combining social good, exotic travel, and cultural exchange, Destination Teach is Stone’s answer to educational needs in developing countries, where most of the populations consist of people of color. Destination Teach sounds like a nonprofit, but Stone describes it as a social benefit corporation, which though it is for-profit, isn’t focused solely on profit-making but prioritizes its social mission. And although the word teach is right there i...
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by on April 4, 2018
Kids from the city’s poorest neighborhoods in the Bronx and central Brooklyn also had the poorest chances of getting into specialized high schools, a Daily News investigation shows. An analysis of city Education Department data revealed just 17 of roughly 32,550 students from Bronx District 9 landed seats in those elite public schools in 2018. Parents taking their kids to school on 104 Sutter Ave. in Brooklyn on Sept. 8, 2016. Strudents from the poorest neighborhoods of the Brookly...
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by on March 26, 2018
More than 100,000 youth, parents, teachers, and Beatles march in New York to end gun violence Students were prominent among the tens of thousands that demanded tighter gun control laws during the March for Our Lives Saturday in Manhattan. “The adults failed us and now seventeen people are dead,” said Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School junior Meghan Bonner from a podium on Central Park West on Saturday morning. On February 14, Bonner had hidden in her classroom in Parkland, Florida...
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by on March 23, 2018
The student-led March for Our Lives rally aims to ride momentum for gun-control activism that began in February after the Parkland, Fla., school killings Thousands of students marched down Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House to the U.S. Capitol during a nationwide student walkout for gun control in Washington on March 14. Young people from across the U.S. are piling into buses, cars and airplanes and heading to Washington, D.C., where they plan to gather by the tens of thousands o...
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by on March 22, 2018
"Their most powerful asset in their fight to bring change is their idealism," Murray says of student protestors. Bill Murray Bill Murray is currently making the press rounds supporting Wes Anderson’s “Isle of Dogs,” but the actor took a break from talking about his role in the stop-motion movie to praise the Parkland high school students advocating for stricter gun control laws. Speaking to NBC’s THINK editor Megan Carpentier, Murray compared the teenagers, all survivors of the Febru...
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by on March 15, 2018
They Were Born for This Moment Dahlia Lithwick’s take on the impact of teenagers from Parkland, Florida after yet another mass school shooting is a flawed Bob Dole read on the power of education. The most telling moment that this misreading of why America seems to embrace these teenagers comes here: Despite the gradual erosion of the arts and physical education in America’s public schools, the students of Stoneman Douglas have been the beneficiaries of the kind of 1950s-style public ...
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by on March 15, 2018
I worry less about Kim Jong-Un than I do Betsy DeVos. The North Korean dictator, for one, doesn't have dominion over the educational futures of nearly 51 million elementary and secondary students and countless more in college. Barring a nuclear attack, of course, the wealthy charter-school champion is poised to play a much larger role than Kim will in determining the future of United States. The sophomoric invective he directs at us pales in comparison to the utter disrespect that President Tr...
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by on March 14, 2018
Dozens of students in Atlanta took a knee on Wednesday in a silent protest to honor the victims of the Florida high school shooting. Students nationwide took part in a 17-minute national walkout on Wednesday, exactly one month since a gunman killed 17 people and injured 14 others at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Administrators at Booker T. Washington High School threatened to “severely punish” students participating in walkouts, but allowed students to cond...
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by on March 14, 2018
Thousands of students, emboldened by a growing protest movement over gun violence, will stand up in their classrooms on Wednesday and walk out of their schools in a nationwide demonstration, one month after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Florida. Students in Silver Spring, Md., rallied for gun control legislation last month. Students around the country are expected to walk out of classes on Wednesday for similar demonstrations. The 17-minute protests unfolding at hundred...
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by on March 2, 2018
An armed police officer should be assigned to every city public school, Assemblyman Ron Castorina -- flanked by civic and police union leaders -- announced at Tottenville High School on Thursday. "For far too long our schools have served as soft targets for potentially deranged individuals to come to our schools and cause havoc and even cause death to our children," said Castorina. "This bill is about protecting children." Referencing recent scares at Tottenville and Susan Wagner high sc...
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