A Head Start student poses in front of the "Not Going Back to School" Bus and the 2,015 silhouettes representing the children in Massachusetts who are losing access to Head Start this year because of budget cuts.
Statistically speaking, most of our youngsters will continue to be educated in mainstream public schools. The good news, as Education Writer David L. Kirp reveals in Improbable Scholars, is that there's a sensible way to rebuild public education and close the achievement gap for all students. Indeed, this is precisely what's happening in a most unlikely place: Union City, New Jersey, a poor, crowded Latino community just across the Hudson from Manhattan.
Tonight at 7:30 PM in their Club B10, MASS MoCA will screen Brooklyn Castle as part of their Winter/Spring 2013 documentary film series, Compete!, celebrating films about winning, losing, and how you play the game.
Brooklyn Castle is an engaging and heartwarming doc about the championship winning chess team at IS 318 - a below-the-poverty-line public school in Brooklyn. The film focuses on 5 incredible kids and their coaches and teachers as they battle their opponents as well as recessionary budget cuts that threaten all extracurricular activities at their school.
The film won an Audience Award at last year’s South by Southwest Film 2012 Documentary Spotlight and was one of the top 10 Audience Favourites at the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.
Filmmaker, Katie Dellamaggiore, will do a Q&A via Skype after the screening of Brooklyn Castle tonight at MASS MoCA and she joins us to talk about the film.
School districts across New York are pulling out all the stops as they struggle to delay anticipated fiscal insolvencies. Embattled districts are considering mergers in order to continue to provide quality education.
Voters in Central New York have approved combining the neighboring Ilion and Mohawk districts. Ilion superintendent Cosimo Tangorra points out that his district had been disenfranchised by the state aid formula for a number of years.
Advocates for early childhood education lobbied Monday at the Capitol in support of Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to expand pre-K programs in New York's school districts.
A big push for pre-K funding in Albany as parents, educators and law enforcement officials voiced their support for Governor Andrew Cuomo's 25-million dollar proposed budget allocation for pre-K that would establish full-day programs in high need districts.
In the aftermath of the school shootings in Connecticut last week, Putnam County officials from law enforcement, school districts, and other governmental agencies held their first meeting Tuesday to address security issues at schools and other public facilities.
NYS Education Commissioner John King released a statement Friday lamenting the mass shooting at Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut. King said, “Our schools are meant to be safe havens where children can learn, free from fear and violence.”
The third search this year for a new superintendent of a 6,000-student Berkshire school district is set to begin at the end of this month. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief Lucas Willard reports…
At the end of this month, the Pittsfield School Committee will again begin its search for a new school superintendent. Currently, Dr. Gordon Noseworthy is serving as temporary superintendent, after being selected by the school board last June, though only for the current school year. Former superintendent Howard “Jake” Eberwein left his position last June.
Public school officials in Springfield, Massachusetts will be mailing letters and making telephone calls to the parents and guardians of thousands of middle and school students to let them know about the district’s new condom availability policy.
Starting September 1, condoms will be available to students from school nurses. parents and guardians who do not want their children to have access to condoms can opt-out of the policy, but at least one school committee member has called idea that condoms could be given out in school to 12-year-olds, “unnerving.”
The second largest public school system in Massachusetts will make condoms available to students as young as 12 with the start of the new school year next week. The condom availability in the Springfield schools is part of a comprehensive effort to combat high rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.