Ex-Offenders Face Barriers to College


Ex-convicts who get a college degree are less likely to go back to prison. But many former prisoners encounter a big obstacle in the college application process. That’s because some colleges are worried about the effects of having felons on campus. Not all universities ask about a criminal records, but all 64 institutions in the State University of New York system do.

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Librarians are a Hard Find in City Schools


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.

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New York City Schools to Add More Girls’ Sports

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.

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English Language Arts Tests Spark Controversy Among Parents

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 […]

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Cuomo Seeks Private Funds for “Prison University” Plan

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.

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