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 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 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 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 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 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 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 February 26, 2018
The orderly rhythm of my life was thrown into a tsunami of sustained chaos this fall when I was attacked online by the far right. The hate began pouring through my Twitter account, my website and my Facebook page. Finally, a deluge came through two email accounts, where I got hundreds of repulsive messages every day for over a month. The vitriol was several fathoms beyond uncivil, including messages calling me a whore, a disgrace to my alma mater UT-Austin, a “Jewess,” fat, a moron and a c*n...
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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 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 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 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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