An eleven-year-old who attended P.S. 51 for three years suffered brain damage from the toxic chemicals in the school building, the boy's father claims in a lawsuit filed on Monday. The boy had attended P.S. 51 from September 2007 to June 2011, two months before the Department of Education informed ... More >>
It appears that carrying 20 bags of heroin into a city courthouse is not a firable offense in New York City. In a ruling released yesterday, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Manuel Mendez found that Damian Esteban, found with 20 bags of heroin when he reported for jury duty last October, must be allo ... More >>
Yesterday the Manhattan District Attorney joined the Schools Chancellor and NYPD Commissioner to announce a new initiative to help bring down truancy rates in New York City. DA Cyrus Vance stated that the new Engagement Center, a place for frequently truant kids to receive mentoring, is meant to low ... More >>
The city's Department of Education has agreed to pay $35,000 to the family of a preteen girl who was beat up in class. The settlement agreement, filed Tuesday in state Supreme Court, stems from an incident last fall at Junior High School 80, which is on Mosholu Parkway in the Bronx.
In what one observer called a "ham-handed attempt to control the media," officials at the Thurgood Marshall Academy, a public school founded by Rev. Calvin Butts' Abyssinian Development Corp., sent out a memo last week telling parents to refuse to talk to reporters. The memo was sent out to parents ... More >>
"These tests are harmful. They do nothing but stress us out and take away precious learning time. They don't make learning fun, they are all-consuming. ... We do not learn from these tests. Do we not go to school to learn?" Owen Hotaling, a freckled fifth grader in a sweatshirt and a bright red kn ... More >>
We're damn-near a month into the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181's bus-driver and matron strike, and the city is still pretending like it doesn't have everything to do with why this mess continues to drag-on. The union, politicians and parents are begging the city to at least come to the table ... More >>
For whatever the reason, 'coming down to the wire' doesn't cut it here. Maybe it's the $300 million that's at stake. Who knows.As we reported last week, a deadline has been set for tomorrow on statewide teacher evaluation deals. If achieved, the State will qualify for millions in Race to the Top gra ... More >>
An anti-abortion group recently commissioned a survey of New York City parents to find out whether they approved of the Department of Education's policy of dishing out Morning After pills ("Plan B") to students as young as 14 years old.The pill, as you probably know, can prevent a pregnancy as long ... More >>
Looks like the kids are going to be engaging in dangerous sex after all.Yesterday, the Voice reported on an interesting story coming out of Brooklyn, in which a principal of a high school there offered to hand out condoms (rubbers, jimmy-hats, whatever they're calling them these days) at the school' ... More >>
After fielding criticisms earlier this week about the city's policy of shutting down failing schools, Mayor Mike Bloomberg and the Department of Education took heat yesterday for the city's frequent practice of co-locating multiple schools in the same building. At an Education Committee hearing yes ... More >>
Dawn of the debt
Members of the City Council grilled officials from the Department of Education for nearly three hours this morning about its failure to secure tens of millions of dollars in Medicaid revenue owed to the city. The joint hearing of the council's finance and education committees today was sparked by r ... More >>
The handcuffing of a seven-year-old suggests that something is very wrong in New York City
Kim DePrima, a special education teacher, was convicted of manslaughter when her pit bulls killed a 90-year-old neighbor. Later, she was arrested again when she hung out with an ex-con while he shot at her ex-boyfriend's house. (A full 9mm round was found in DePrima's car.) She was fined thre ... More >>
The New York Police Department has a $22 million annual payroll of cops who don't work because they have "killed or assaulted people, violated civil rights, beat up their wives or girlfriends, driven drunk or hurt bystanders," according to a report by the New York Post. Dubbed the "rubber-gun ... More >>
Melissa PetroMelissa Petro, the elementary school art teacher who admitted in a Huffington Post article to having worked as a prostitute, spoke publicly today about her resignation from the city's Department of Education. Standing in a small gallery in the National Arts Club, with her lawy ... More >>
• A sure-to-be-fun (and perhaps the only) debate among New York's seven gubernatorial candidates -- including Andrew Cuomo, Carl Paladino, Charles Barron of the Freedom Party, former "Manhattan Madam" Kristen Davis, Howie Hawkins of the Green Party, Jimmy McMillan of the "Rent Is 2 Damn Hig ... More >>
You are getting very itchy.Yesterday the mayor held a press conference to announce the city's new bed bug plan, a multi-pronged and rather high-minded-seeming (bed bug information portals? bed bug czars?) approach to a completely physical problem: bed bugs feasting on the blood of the city's ... More >>
It's a parent's job to do what's best for their child, but when it comes to a public school education, that job begins and ends in the boundaries of their school district. That is, if the parents are playing by the rules, which one New Jersey family chose to circumvent. After getting busted, ... More >>
If you want to run for an office that you actually have a shot at winning, here's you chance: Tomorrow's the deadline to file your candidate application for a seat on either the Citywide Council for English Language Learners or the Citywide Council on Special Education in your district. To ... More >>
Whites in the front door, blacks in the back door
Civil Rights attorney Norman Siegel called a press conference Sunday, "outraged" that the NYPD was taking photographs of demonstrators at last Thursday's school closing protest in front of Mayor Bloomberg's house. He was responding to a story posted by the Voice last Friday, in which our video sh ... More >>
Are No Child Left Behind and Bloomberg's report cards pushing schools to go grade-grubbing?
We're always bitching about city schools, but no less than eight of our high schools are listed among U.S. News & World Reports' "Gold Medal" 100 Best High Schools in the country today. They are Newcomers High School in Long Island City -- the highest local placer at #6, and recipient of an A grade ... More >>
The Department of Education says its bake sale policies will help combat obesity, but students worry they'll be left starved for funds
Over the weekend, parents who had flocked to Brooklyn Tech for the city's High School Fair were given the depressing news that 100,000 city children had applied for the 5,000 seats available in the 800 specialty programs around town. That makes the Specialized High Schools about twice as se ... More >>
You remember Queens I.S. assistant principal Mitchell Wiener, the first New Yorker to die in the recent swine flu epidemic (which outbreaks, the Department of Health tells us, have dramatically decreased in recent months). Wiener's wife, who had accused the city of not acting quickly enough t ... More >>
Staten Island is trying to get tourists to treat them like all the other boroughs.But they're not like other boroughs -- look at the way they react to asymmetrical haircuts. Eighth-grader Dennis Reynolds came to Barnes Intermediate in Great Kills today with half his head shaved. It's a bit much, but ... More >>
Well, some cowboy's Goin' Galt in Brooklyn Heights, anyway. Photo (c) Charles D Rightbloggers decided President Obama is a fascist. Despite this, and the aid and comfort he gives to pirates, the voters like him anyway -- which figures, since many of them are apparently socialists. Which may be wh ... More >>
Comptroller William Thompson having spelled out yesterday the dire state of the city's economy, Mayor Bloomberg is expected to fill us in today at noon about his draconian budget plans. To dull our outrage, he has leaked some details, which appear under headlines like amNY's "Grim economic update li ... More >>
The Mayor gave a press conference on his budget, and talked about how he hopes to fill a $4 billion gap with concessions from labor on pensions, wages and health care, and a reversal of the Governor's proposed cuts to the city's education budget. Governor Paterson has asked that the state withhold ... More >>
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