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(BPT) - At a certain age, kids stop listening to their parents on all topics except for one. Money.
Money talk: Educating the next generation
(BPT) - Many working adults begin using technology from the moment their alarm clocks go off. From checking emails on a tablet over morning coffee, to sending out social media posts from a smartphone before they get into the office, technology allows people to be efficient and stay connected anytime, anyplace. This same technology is now playing an important role for individuals seeking alternative learning environments to continue their educations or grow their careers.
Working adults plug into online education
Things are different.
Less than 100 days into her tenure as New York City schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña came to Flushing to try to prove that point to parents, teachers and administrators.
The completely unnecessary wars over education launched by Mayor de Blasio continued this week, with the specter of dueling rallies in Albany.
One was a protest against de Blasio’s decision to undercut charter schools at every turn. The innovative public schools, though not without problems, are providing wonderful educational opportunities to many students, especially hard-working minorities in poor neighborhoods. But they are anathema to de Blasio’s allies in the teachers union because they are not subject to their rules, and he apparently would rather see those students forced back into substandard traditional schools than be given such a great chance to succeed.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer
The office of city Comptroller Scot Stringer has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate the possibility of collusion among the recipients of the current contracts to deliver milk to schools under the city’s Department of Eduction.
The current five-year contract, awarded in 2008, was apportioned among Beyer Farms, Inc., Elmhurst Dairy and Bartlett Dairy, all of Jamaica.
“Loves,” a Participatory GumHearts Installation, by NY-based artist Niizeki Hiromi, the Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, now thru Saturday, March 29, 2-5 p.m. RSVP to Bonnie Thompson Dixon: (718) 709-0390, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CUNYAC CHAMPS: The York College Cardinals celebrate their 87-84 upset win over the College of Staten Island in the CUNY Athletic Conference championship game last Friday. The win earned York a bid to the NCAA Division III playoff tournament, with its opening round game tonight, March 6, at Rhode Island College.
The men’s basketball team at York College will take on Rhode Island College tonight, March 6, in the opening round of the NCAA Division III postseason tournament.
Student leaders at PS 154 in Flushing with their green flag from the National Wildlife Federation. With them are parent coordinator Jacqueline Oregel, left, Principal Tara Davidson, NWF official Emily Fano and science teacher Deise Kenny.
PS 154 in Flushing has received the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA Green Flag award for improving its efforts to conserve natural resources and integrate environmental education into the curriculum.
It’s the second of only two New York City’s schools to receive the honor.
Frequent letter writer Ed Konecnik wants to know how much of the money he earns belongs to me in the name of social justice, and why. But that’s not the right question to ask.
The real question to ask is, “Should any of us pay any tax money for government social programs?” The answer is, “Yes, we should.” Why? Because we live in a society. A society is a structured community of people bound together by similar traditions, institutions, or nationality. Societies have social responsibilities; things that contribute to and benefit the group as a whole. Yes, we are individuals, but our societal collective affords us many things that we do and have as members of the group.
Taxes should be looked at like an admission fee to belong to a society. You want to live in our country, and have the benefits of our society, then you have to ante up your fee. You should be happy to pay taxes because our system of government affords us so much that many other countries don’t
have. Yet, on living standards we lag far behind the Scandinavian countries that provide free healthcare, free education and other subsidies to their members by taking more tax money than we pay. Citizens in those countries say they’re very happy with their lives and are glad to pay the higher taxes for the better services.
Ed sees our society divided between those who have enough and the “moochers,” and he resents any of his tax money going to pay for any moocher services. He can’t be a product of public education. He must have never lost his job through no fault of his own and taken unemployment insurance, been injured at work and sought disability, or have suffered any medical emergency that depleted his savings. He must never have been in the military or taken advantage of any veteran’s benefits. He can’t be a guy who is taking his Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid or any other senior services because that would make him a moocher.
If so, lucky him. But he shouldn’t resent those who are not as fortunate as he and need a helping hand from society once in a while. As a good citizen, he shouldn’t want to renege on his social responsibility.
The public is invited to a series of presentations on understanding the Affordable Care Act that will be offered at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center on March 11.
The event begins at 11:30 a.m. with signing in, which runs for 15 minutes. Then at 11:45, hospital Chief of Staff Hector Cruzado and Dr. Kenneth Freiberg, the vice president for medical education, will deliver welcoming remarks.
Students of PS 49 in Middle Village unfurl a large banner declaring their love for retiring principal Anthony Lombardi during the school’s extravagant goodbye ceremony on Friday. Lombardi stepped down after 17 years as principal.
Anthony Lombardi speaks to the crowd of students and teachers during his retirement ceremony on Friday afternoon.
As charter school supporters, left, protested in Albany against Mayor de Blasio’s cuts to their financial support, backers of his plan to provide universal prekindergarten also rallied. Gov. Cuomo was a star speaker at the charter protest, while de Blasio led the pre-K event. The two have been at odds over both issues.
Gov. Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio spoke at rallies in Albany Tuesday for charter schools and pre-K respectively, both endorsing a position the other opposes.
The fight over the future of education in New York City headed up the Thruway Tuesday to Albany, where dueling rallies with some crossover support between them and high-profile speakers brought some heat to the frozen state capital.
Lobbying the state Legislature for his plan to raise taxes on high-income earners to fund universal prekindergarten citywide, Mayor de Blasio held a rally with several members of the City Council in Albany on Tuesday.
Obamacare is the term used by both the president’s supporters and critics when discussing his signature legislative initiative, the federal Affordable Care Act.
And with the March 31 deadline for those without health insurance to apply without paying a penalty, the Jamaica Branch of the NAACP is pulling out all stops in its effort to get residents of Southeast Queens to sign up.
When the NYS Education Department announced that a new data program, InBloom, would replace the controversial ACRIS, many parents had no complaints.
A few weeks later, Leonie Haimson and her group Class Size Matters informed parents that the nonprofit group would store students’ information in a cloud and share it with corporations, people were naturally up in arms.
CFE-style lawsuit launched to raise school spending
TA coalition of advocates and individuals, including Community Education Council 28 in Central and Southeast Queens, and a parent from Far Rockaway, are suing the state to increase its funding for education.