by on August 2, 2018
A student accused of stabbing and killing a classmate in 2017 at Urban Assembly for Wildlife Conservation in the Bronx said he was the victim of bullying. The school, which has since been closed, shared a building with P.S. 67. A legal settlement calling on the education department to do more to address bullying in schools was approved this week by a judge, despite objections from advocates. The settlement was announced in March, but the Legal Aid Society challenged the agreement. Lawy...
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by on July 24, 2018
Bronx Private Industry Council formed to benefit employers and local talent Judy Dimon (middle) at the HERE to HERE office As businesses and investors make their way into New York City neighborhoods that were not on their radar 10 or 15 years ago, they have a responsibility to be good neighbors and community members. This is especially true when it comes to the Bronx, which has been host to more than $15.4 billion in total development since 2009. It is the obligation of elected leaders...
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by on July 19, 2018
Hide and seek could take on new meaning if schools take RealNetworks up on this offer. The company is offering K-12 learning institutions free facial recognition software that can be downloaded via its website, Technology Review reports. The software is called SAFR, and according to a press release, it uses IP-based cameras and other hardware to “recognize staff, students, and visitors in real time to help improve school safety.” It also promises to “streamlin[e] entry, record keeping, ca...
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by on July 18, 2018
Here's how to use a library card to get free access to the Guggenheim, the Whitney, the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and many more. There’s literally never been a better time to get a New York City Library card. Besides having free access to millions of books, New York Public Library cardholders can now use their cards to reserve a Culture Pass, which grants them free entry to dozens of cultural institutions around the city. The program is also available to cardholders for the Brooklyn Publ...
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by on July 17, 2018
What is Devosian Philosophy There has been a systematic attempt to destroy public education in America through the Devosian Philosophy without any regard for the effects on poor black, brown and white kids and their families. Two of the leaders of this group are of course Betsy Devos and her husband, Dick Devos. The Devosian philosophy has emerged at the right time under a seemingly classist and racist administration that looks to keep the poor, poor and only provide access to opportun...
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by on May 25, 2018
Rockstar’s Simon Ramsey mentoring students at the DreamYard Prep School. The gaming community has something to celebrate today, with the New York Videogame Critics Circle’s recognition as a 501©(3) nonprofit organization. Based in Manhattan, the New York Videogame Critics Circle is a multicultural organization comprised of the finest videogame critics, writers, reporters and bloggers and in the city. Members of organization give back to their communities by providing community outreach to...
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by on May 24, 2018
Responding to teacher walkouts across the country, congressional Democrats on Tuesday proposed raising teachers’ salaries by canceling the tax cut for the nation’s top 1 percent of earners. The Republican-controlled Congress was unlikely to support the idea of giving states and school districts $50 billion over a decade to fund the teacher raises at the expense of dismantling the hard-won tax bill. But the proposal gives Democrats an issue they can use ahead of the November midterm...
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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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