For the second time in a little more than a week, a young child allegedly has been murdered in a New York City homeless shelter.
Latoya Curry, a resident of the Briarwood Family Residence at 80-20 134 St., was arraigned Saturday on charges of second-degree murder, first-degree assault and endangering the welfare of a child after her 4-year-old daughter, Linayjah Meraldo, died in her sleep on Thursday, a day after she was allegedly brutally beaten by her mother.
Public and private schools across the city and state could be getting updated technology into the classroom, if a $2 billion bond referendum is approved by voters during the Nov. 4 midterm election.
The referendum, formally known as the Smart Schools Bond Act, is proposed to place advanced technology and high-speed internet connectivity in classrooms across the state, according to the ballot language.
I am prompted to write on your Oct. 23 editorial, “Maintain elite HS admissions rules as they are,” pertaining to the debate hosted by your paper on the Specialized High School Admissions Test for students. You are absolutely correct when you say the city must improve education in the lower grades, and make it easier to get rid of incompetent teachers.
That being said, your reference to these specialized high schools as “elite” is all wrong. These schools are public, and the public has the right to ask for changes in the admissions policy. I don’t get the impression that the public is asking to have the admissions test abandoned.
Are you, or any of your staff, public school teachers? I wonder what gives you the right to declare that these schools would be weakened, and the students put in danger of being forced into lower-quality schools. Just because the SHSAT has traditionally been the sole admissions criterion for decades, are you suggesting that traditions should never change?
African slavery was a tradition in this country not only for decades, but for centuries. It was also unlawful to teach a slave to read. Slavery and its attendant inequities persist even today, 150 years after the Civil War era.
This is a new time, and a new generation. For specialized high school admissions, we should be focused on new and different criteria.
Conrado Gempesaw, right, is officially welcomed as the new president of St. John’s University by school Board of Trustees Chairman Peter D’Angelo on Friday.
Conrado Gempesaw knows what it means to be a struggling college student.
The Filipino immigrant came to the United States in 1980 to earn his master’s degree at West Virginia University, where he slept on a lawn chair in a friend’s living room until he graduated because he didn’t have enough money for his own housing.
“Temporary displacement is really forced migration, and is only true politically,” Deborah Gans, principal architect of the Gans Studio and professor at Pratt College of Art and Design, said during a panel discussion at Dorsky Gallery.
She and other members of the panel articulated the issues created from natural disasters: the destruction of residences and relocation of communities as part of a series of workshops and events inspired by the gallery’s newest exhibit, “Homeland [In]Security: Vanishing Dreams.”
How will we fix the issue of diversity in the specialized high school system?
The issue has centered around preparation. Asians and whites, as repeatedly noted, undergo rigorous preparation after school in order to attend such schools. But again, is that wrong?
Asians are unique in the immigrant community in their high levels of educational achievement. Because of the preference for professionals in the immigration system, some Asian Americans are bound to be highly educated and, thus, overshadow others with their achievements.
Consider the Dalton School: a famous, prestigious private school on the Upper East Side. In the high school, 10 percent of students consider themselves African American; 9.5 percent Asian American; and 5 percent Latino. Asian Americans are only slightly underrepresented with respect to the city population as a whole. (According the 2010 Census, 11.8 percent of the city considered themselves Asian American. That number has likely increased.) However, despite this nearly accurate representation, there is a strange information gap that exists within low-income Asian communities (such as Flushing) where students have never heard of schools where they are supposedly represented.
What does this tell us? Schools aren’t actively recruiting poor Asian-American students. Besides the small portion of Asian-American students targeted by programs such as Prep For Prep, unbiased admissions criteria are the only straw that Asian students have left to grasp. It is a known fact that most prestigious East Coast colleges discriminate against Asian applicants. Let’s not take away the only hope that Asians have. Leave the Specialized High School Admissions Test alone.
At the New York Foundation for Eldercare’s Recognition Dinner, held to honor leaders in the field of training geriatric psychiatry fellows on Oct. 22 at The Yale Club in Manhattan, the focus was a training program that addresses the critical need to train geriatricians to care for the baby boomer generation.
The honorees were Dr. Gary Kennedy, director, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry, Montefiore Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine; Dr. Melinda Lantz, chief of Geriatric Psychiatry, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center; and Dr. Alessandra Scalmati, Ph.D., psychiatrist, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Montefiore Medical Center and the Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a member of CenterLight Health System.
Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) has two upcoming events affecting his future: a re-election bid in November and the birth of his first child in December.
“We are having a daughter and I’m excited about it,” Kim said in a sitdown interview at the Queens Chronicle office on Tuesday. “But I am concerned about her future with issues about education and women’s equality.”
A congresswoman and a Nobel Prize winner are among the graduates of MS 74, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary on Sunday, Nov. 2.
Among the expected 300 alumni who will be attending the anniversary celebration is Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing). Other notables who attended the Bayside middle school are Alvin Roth, a Nobel Prize winner in economics, and Howie Rose, the Mets broadcaster.
At Martin Van Buren High School, most of the headlines in the last year or so have been about the new B-Tech high school and its innovative take on computer science education.
But Community Board 13 found out Monday night that at Van Buren, Sam Sochet can boast of his own students as well as any principal in the city.
Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, the Republican candidate for governor, has some advice for anyone looking at the polls showing him far behind incumbent Democratic Gov. Cuomo: Don’t believe them.
“This race is going to be a lot closer than people think,” Astorino said.
The sexual harassment lawsuit against now-retired PS 49 Principal Anthony Lombardi and the Department of Education by a former teacher at the school has been settled for $115,000.
Lisa Calise, 35, who taught special education, alleged that Lombardi, 55, who retired in March after 17 years as head of the Middle Village school, made inappropriate advances on her starting from when she was interviewed in 2010 until her resignation in 2012.
Close to two years after Superstorm Sandy wreaked havoc on a number of Queens neighborhoods, state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli announced that two Queens office buildings have received grants to continue offering services to their respective communities.
“Two years after Queens was devastated by Superstorm Sandy, with thousands of homes damaged or destroyed, residents there continue to recover,” DiNapoli said in a written statement on Tuesday.
In October 2009, just seven weeks after he started school at SUNY Farmingdale, freshman student Dominic Murray of East Elmhurst had a sudden cardiac arrest in the middle of a basketball game. None of his teammates or coach knew what to do. He died moments later.
Remembering the 17-year-old’s death was both devastating and ironic for his mother, Melinda Murray, given that October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month.
In the span of just two days last week, the Queens Library Board of Trustees has taken further shape.
One day after Mayor de Blasio’s naming of Forest Hills resident and litigation attorney James Haddad to the board of trustees — the mayor’s third appointee since he and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz expunged eight board members in July — Katz selected Lenore Gall, who most recently served as dean of students and academic services at CUNY’s New York City College of Technology.
Milton Bassin, president of York College for 20 years, is credited with saving the school that later thrived under his leadership.
York College last week honored its longest-serving president and a tireless advocate for the CUNY educational system with its naming and dedication of the Milton G. Bassin Performing Arts Center.
Bassin served as president of York from 1971 until his retirement in 1991. He died in 2012 at the age of 88.
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