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Dual-Language Programs Benefit Parents, Too

Each morning, red, yellow and green strollers roll up 38th Street in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The train of mothers, all Hispanic, arrives at P.S. 24, an equally colorful building across from sunken subway tracks the D train uses as it rumbles toward Coney Island. From her seat behind a small desk just through the main  Read more »

Reacting to Bin Laden Without Any Memory of 9/11

The fifth graders at P.S. 24 in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, are all too young to have any memories pf the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. But the news about the death of bin Laden moved them as much as everyone else, temporarily interrupting their preoccupation with the English Language Arts state tests that were to  Read more »

VIDEO: Confessions of a Third Grader

VIDEO: Confessions of a Third Grader

Sarahi, a third-grade student from Public School 380 in Brooklyn, talks candidly about school.

All the Write Words?

World Journalism Preparatory School in Flushing, Queens is, as its title would suggest, a school that focuses on writing. 6th-grade science teacher Larry Malmud doesn’t use a textbook; instead, he’ll give his students copies out of a workbook that they’ll then tape into a composition book, along with their other observations on a lesson or  Read more »

University of California Waters Warm, but Community College Students Avoid the Heat

University of California Waters Warm, but  Community College Students Avoid the Heat

The University of California system will have a more international flavor this fall, when it brings in nearly 5,400 international freshmen, a more than 2 percent jump from the previous year. John Levin, a professor at the Graduate School of Education at UC Riverside, said this might just be the beginning as UC administrators also  Read more »

Pell Grants Make the Cut, but for how Long?

Pell Grants Make the Cut, but for how Long?

Community college students breathed a sigh of relief April 12 when the funding for Pell Grants, which has been on the chopping block, remained unchanged. Pell Grants are awarded to students, who qualify based on the Expected Family Contribution formula and who have yet to earn a bachelor’s degree. Currently students can borrow as much  Read more »

A School’s Closure Leaves a Coach Unsure of the Future

A School’s Closure Leaves a Coach Unsure of the Future

  Johnny Mathis sprawls across the bright red bleachers, his six-foot-seven frame spilling over the narrow gymnasium seats. He’s at home here in “Gym no. 2” of the John F. Kennedy Educational Campus in the Bronx, but it’s not just because he’s been the boys varsity basketball coach for the championship-winning Kennedy Knights for the  Read more »

Heard in Class: What They Can’t Live Without

Heard in Class: What They Can’t Live Without

It’s 9:04 a.m. and four students are seated in Shana Lawson’s art class at Aspirations Diploma High School.  It’s early so not everyone has shown up yet. Lawson, dressed in a coral shirt and a beige sweater, walks around the room, preparing for class. “You need to have your objects finalized by tomorrow,” she tells  Read more »

Best-Laid Plans At Risk in Sunset Park

Best-Laid Plans At Risk in Sunset Park

Empty shelves wait to be filled in the Sunset Park High School library. (Photo by Jason Alcorn) On a recent Thursday afternoon, Principal Corinne Vinal showed off one of the three dedicated science labs in Sunset Park High School, where the lesson of the day was photosynthesis. A shipment of microscopes had just arrived and  Read more »

Charter Schools in New York: Small but Growing

Charter Schools in New York: Small but Growing

Even before she approached the microphone at the side of the auditorium, Julia Daniely, president of the Teachers-Parent Association at IS 303, knew she had the support of her Brooklyn community. “Is not that we don’t want to share,” she said. “But if we give up the space, our children lose.” Daniely presented Schools Chancellor  Read more »