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 February 4, 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 December 11, 2017
For the first time in nearly a decade, the United States Congress is about to take up legislation to upgrade the Higher Education Act – the federal law that governs how the federal government supports and regulates higher education institutions. Financial aid would be doled out differently under the proposed PROSPER Act. Karin Hildebrand Lau / Shutterstock.com The process began earlier this month, when U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, a Republican from North Carolina, chairperson of the Hous...
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by on February 5, 2018
Black Lives Matter, and our teachers should affirm that This is the 50th anniversary of one of the most intense years of the civil rights movement: 1968 was the year Dr. Martin Luther King was killed for confronting racism and classism; Tommie Smith and John Carlos were suspended for raising a fist at the Olympics; and the Ocean Hill-Brownsville teachers strike laid bare deep distrust between the union and communities of color. Yet last week, the union representing the teachers of near...
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by on December 25, 2017
The Boomtown festival is continuing its campaign on drug awareness with the release of a new short documentary on the subject. The film looks at various drug issues, and the steps taken at this year’s festival to improve safety. As previously reported, Boomtown was one of a number of festivals this year to offer free drug testing, via not for profit organisation The Loop, so that festival-goers could find out what drugs they had specifically acquired. The event agreed to increased securit...
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by on February 8, 2018
On the first day of Black History Month, a Daily News story broke about a Bronx middle school teacher who taught a lesson on slavery in several classes by making Black students lie on the floor, and then stepping on their backs. The incident left students traumatized and the Department of Education allowed the teacher to return to the classroom, until a reporter exposed the story. Education advocates rally in front of city hall “Like many others, I am completely outraged to by the ac...
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by on December 26, 2017
Documents on the Falklands, Northern Ireland’s Troubles, and the infamous Zinoviev letter among those ‘misplaced’, leaving historians suspicious The hoard came to light during high court proceedings brought by a group of elderly Kenyans who were detained and abused during the Mau Mau insurgency in 1950s Kenya.  Thousands of government papers detailing some of the most controversial episodes in 20th-century British history have vanished after civil servants removed them from the country...
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by on February 10, 2018
For obstinate officials at Christ the King High School, a mind is a terrible thing to change. The parents of Malcolm Xavier Combs were rebuffed again Thursday by school administrators over their African-American son’s desire to put the name “Malcolm X” on his senior sweater. “I don’t understand it,” said Mychelle Combs, the mother of 17-year-old Malcolm, after a frustrating morning meeting with school president Michael Michel. “They are supposed to teach the students tolerance and t...
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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 December 27, 2017
Four-year-old Leo Griffin leaves a Chicago protest against the alt-right movement held to remember the victims of violence at a rally in Charlottesville, Va. It's not every year that a new Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos, becomes a household name, satirized on Saturday Night Live, never mind being the most unpopular member of a historically unpopular cabinet. But we live in interesting times and the nations' schools and colleges are no exception. Here's a look back at the major momen...
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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 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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