(NAPSI)—As people who care about education have learned, there’s a good reason teachers are increasingly replacing textbooks with technology and seeking out training to keep up with technology trends.
Leroy Comrie’s message to voters, as he tries to unseat state Sen. Malcolm Smith this September, is a simple one.
“I’m not going to Albany as a typical freshman.”
Bills to change the admissions criteria for the specialized high schools were defeated in the last state legislative session and won’t come up again until January when the next one starts. But that hasn’t stopped advocates on both sides of the issue from pushing their agendas, especially since election season is approaching.
The issue is especially hot in Queens, which sends more students (1,119) than any other borough to these high schools — Bronx Science, Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, the High School of American Studies at Lehman College, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, Brooklyn Latin School, the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College and Staten Island Tech — which currently require that admission is based on a single entrance exam, as mandated by the Hecht-Calandra Act of 1971. Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Arts is the only specialized high school that does not require that students take the Specialized High School Admissions Test, but rather admits them through auditions.
Learning how to say “Happy New Year” in Chinese could prove more useful than ever, as the wheels are in motion to recognize the Asian Lunar New Year as a legal holiday, meaning schools would be closed.
Nearly a dozen elected officials representing all levels of government were on hand at a press conference on the steps of the Flushing Library last Friday, in a show of growing support for recognizing the cause.
Report card time for Obama. In 2009 Bush-43 left Obama with a $6 trillion federal debt, and a budget (FY-’09) deficit of $1.2 trillion. Unemployment hit 10.2 percent. Our auto industry was near collapse. The stock market (Dow) was 6,700 points.
President Obama launched a progressive approach to the recovery with a “stimulus” plan. 1) Bail out to help Detroit, while others called for bankruptcy. 2) Granted funds to states for projects. GOP Govs. Rick Scott of Florida and Chris Christie of N.J. rejected Obama’s multibillion dollar grants!
Obama’s five-year approach is showing positive results. 1) The Labor Dept. reported 45 consecutive months of job growth. 2) The unemployment rate dropped to 7 percent. 3) The auto industry paid back its bailout loans. Auto sales are in high gear. 4) The Dow hit an all-time high of 16,300 in December 2013. 5) Housing starts surged 25 percent in December. 6) Stock value rose 27 percent in 2013. This means 401(k) plans are growing stronger.
Unfortunately, there are serious issues facing Congress in 2014. 1) Unemployment benefits need to be restored to the 1.3 million who lost them Dec. 28. 2) New immigration laws need to be enacted. 3) A stronger safety net for the poor (food stamps) must be approved. 4) Enact Obama’s Americans Jobs Act. 5) And most important: Reduce ... income inequality between the middle and upper classes!
As a retired social studies teacher, I give my “star pupil” Barack a grade of B+ for his five-year effort!
The Obama administration has announced new federal guidelines to decrease the racial disparity in school suspensions, expulsions and arrests.
The guidelines were laid out by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and Attorney General Eric Holder in Baltimore last week. The new recommendations ask schools to create a climate with high expectations and rewards for good behavior, keep tabs on data concerning disciplinary actions, create student codes of conduct that spell out specific punishments for specific infractions, offer staff training on conflict resolution, provide adequate counselors and social workers and define appropriate roles for police on campus.
Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), along with several other elected officials, is calling on the Department of Education to designate the Hindu, Jainist, Buddhist and Sikh holiday of Diwali as an official day off for public school students.
“There are tens of thousands of public school students in New York City who celebrate Diwali,” Dromm said. “These students must pick between attending class or spending the day with their families, while students in the Christian and Jewish faiths do not have to make this decision when they celebrate holidays like Rosh Hashana and Christmas. There shouldn’t be this discrepancy. I urge the Department of Education to recognize this important holiday called Diwali.”
High Schools can be chaotic places. Hundreds —sometimes thousands — of teenagers jammed into a building who are expected to learn, grow and interact with one another in a civil matter. But as most anyone who has attended high school would attest to, there are disagreements and situations where discipline is required.
However, the Department of Education and the NYPD School Safety Division’s approach to discipline has been criticized over the past few years. Groups including the New York Civil Liberties Union and Diversity in Schools have said that student arrests and suspensions are issued far too often and disproportionately affect black and Hispanic males.
The crowded District 19 City Council race in the Tuesday Democratic primary will pit seasoned veterans against first-time candidates.
Only one will be named the winner and face Republican Dennis Saffran in the November election.
A Fresh Meadows woman was arrested Tuesday by for allegedly scamming more than $87,000 in benefits, claiming she was a victim of Hurricane Sandy.
Caterina M. Curatolo, 48, of 59-13 159 St., was charged with grand larceny, insurance fraud, scheme to defraud and multiple counts of offering a false instrument for filing and falsifying business records. If convicted, she faces up to seven years in prison.