by on May 17, 2018
Thursday marks the 64th anniversary of the Supreme Court abolishing segregated schools in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case. That means a generation of Americans has been born, attended public schools, matured into adulthood, raised children of their own, and now reached retirement age — all outside the shadow of America’s own system of legal apartheid. This year’s commemoration will be bittersweet for many education activists: Linda Brown — who was in third grade when her fat...
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by on May 15, 2018
Fresh Times at Rehab High Aside from the students, there isn't much to suggest that this might be a classroom. It certainly doesn't look like one. Instead of in rows of desks, students sit at tables, on couches, or along padded benches that look like they came straight out of a restaurant. There are treadmills in a corner. It's quiet reading time, and a girl with crayon-colored hair pulls out a large blue book with Alcoholics Anonymous written in gold on the spine. This is Independence...
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by on May 14, 2018
San Juan mayor who battled a hurricane and a president is Baccalaureate speaker Less than eight months after sparring with President Trump over the federal government’s aid to Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria, San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto (CAS’84) will give BU’s Baccalaureate address and receive an honorary degree. If past is indeed prologue, you could have spied Carmen Yulín Cruz Soto’s political horizon when she was in the eighth grade. Back then, the future mayor of Sa...
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by on May 5, 2018
City Council Education Committee Chair Mark Treyger (right) talks to Community Learning Schools social workers (from left) Keeshan DeFay of PS 156 in Brooklyn, Tamika Abdullah of PS/IS 184 in Brooklyn and Lila Ezra, the director of mental health at the Community Learning Schools Initiative. New York City Council members attending the UFT’s May 3 legislative breakfast heard why it’s important to continue supporting five of the UFT’s signature programs: Teacher’s Choice, the  Community Lear...
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by on May 3, 2018
Economic and racial segregation is nothing new in New York City public schools. It is actually one of the most divisive problems. The city's system is the third-most-segregated in the country, according to Molloy College Professor Allison Roda. New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza made headlines last week by retweeting an article headlined "Wealthy white Manhattan parents angrily rant against plan to bring more black kids to their schools." "Definitely there is a diversity ...
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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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