For years, schools in New York state have failed to offer students adequate library resources. In 2003, a court of appeals ruled that the state must meet certain requirements to ensure all children have the opportunity for a “sound, basic education.” That means students must have access to up-to-date school libraries, certified librarians, and media specialists. As Theresa Avila reports, New York City is still struggling to comply, but some progress is underway.
Last week the U.S. Department of Education announced that the New York City Public Schools District has agreed to take steps to create more opportunities for girls to participate in sports. The agreement comes after a complaint filed in 2010 that alleged the school district was in violation of Title Nine, the civil rights legislation that aims to create equal opportunity for girls and boys in education. As Theresa Avila reports, a host of issues make that difficult in the city.
It might be harder for immigrants in New York City to take full-time English-as-a-second-language classes. That’s because the state changed how it funds private ESL programs. Intensive courses like those offered by the Riverside Language Program in Morningside Heights are suffering the most. Jack Murtha reports. _____________________ Nineteen students from 14 countries sit in a […]
HOST INTRO: Next week, public school students across New York will take the final portion of this year’s statewide standardized assessments. This is the second year those exams have been designed to test the federal education standards known as Common Core. And they are controversial. Just this week, lawmakers in North Carolina introduced legislation to […]
HOST INTRO: New York City public school students spent days last week taking the statewide English Language Arts, or ELA, assessment test. This morning, just before class, parents and teachers in over thirty Manhattan elementary schools rallied against the tests saying that they were unfair and unnecessary. Marie Shabaya reports. ————————————————————————————————————————— AMBI: SCHOOL BUS STOPPING It’s just […]
Governor Cuomo dropped his plan to provide state-funded post-secondary education for New York State inmates, after some legislators rallied against the proposal throughout late February. Now, reports say he is trying to find private funding for privately funded non-profits that already bring college tuition to state prisons. But non-profit organizers say it is tough to find funding for felons.
Katie Toth takes us to see how building robots can help kids learn about science and technology.
HOST INTRO: Mayor Bill DeBlasio swept into office last November promising to provide universal pre-K. And he’s pushed the issue particularly hard this week. On Tuesday he rallied support in Albany. Two days later he discussed the issue at a public forum with Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan. Today he capped his whirlwind week at City […]
Dissatisfaction with standardized testing has prompted a growing number of parents to pull their children from statewide tests as a form of protest.There are concerns, however, that opting out could hurt children, particularly since grade promotion and federal funding can be tethered to test performance.
HOST INTRO: When the state department announced, last year, that private identity information of public school students would be gathered and stored in a brand new database, parents, teacher and even then Public Advocate, Bill de Blasio were apoplectic. In the end, the State Atttorney General put the breaks on it. Today, member of the State Assembly met with […]