by on January 12, 2018
Tennis star’s fund sold 180 West 165th Street to Lighthouse Charter School Andre Agassi and 180 West 165th Street The investment fund of tennis legend Andre Agassi has sold off a Bronx building for just over $24 million. Agassi’s Turner-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund sold 180 West 165th Street in Highbridge to the Lighthouse Charter School, according to property records. The charter school network currently has two schools on site for kindergarteners through ninth graders and...
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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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by on December 3, 2017
Photo by Solana Larsen | CC BY 2.0 Long before hurricanes Irma and María utterly devastated Puerto Rico, the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), the most important public higher education institution on the Archipelago, was weathering a storm of its own: austerity. Puerto Rico is currently drowning under the weight of a $74 billion debt, and $49 billion in pension obligations, the likes of which is a product of a decades-long recession, illegal bond issuances and trades, and an overly-adv...
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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 December 31, 2017
The student at the center of the lawsuit is a Native American football player. A federal court ruled that a California high school can’t force its football players to stand for the national anthem, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday. The court ruling bars the San Pasqual Valley Unified School District from setting rules that prohibit “kneeling, sitting or similar forms of political protest” at sports events and require students and coaches to “stand and remove hats/helmets… during...
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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 December 11, 2017
Under the banner of welfare reform, the administration is eyeing changes to health care, food stamps, housing and veterans programs. President Donald Trump is expected to sign the welfare executive order as soon as January, according to multiple administration officials. The Trump administration and Republicans in Congress are hoping to make the most sweeping changes to federal safety net programs in a generation, using legislation and executive actions to target recipients of food sta...
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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 February 5, 2018
The attorney for a teenager accused of fatally stabbing one classmate and wounding another in the Bronx in September says there is video, seen above, proves his client acted in self-defense. The video is only nine seconds long. According to the attorney for Abel Cedeño, the video was recorded on a cellphone by another student who was inside the third period history class at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation last September. The attorney said it captures the moments bef...
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by on March 1, 2018
“What the heck just happened?”   “I am breaking an agreement between adults to honor an agreement and a pact I have with the children of Miami.” Not since Lebron James took his talents to South Beach have New Yorkers been rebuffed so hard and so publicly. In what’s surely one of the most bizarre twists in mayoral appointment history, Miami-Dade schools superintendent Alberto Carvalho announced on Thursday that he’d decided not to take the position of New York City schools chanc...
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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 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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