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Christina Veiga is a reporter for Chalkbeat New York covering early childhood education, school diversity and the Department of Education. She previously covered K-12 education for the Miami Herald.
October 7, 2016
New York City students talk about voting — and Donald Trump
In the onslaught of campaign TV ads this presidential election season, you may have seen this one: children sit in front of a TV screen watching Donald Trump deliver divisive comments about immigrants, women and people with disabilities. The ad wraps up with a message: “Our children are watching.” Apparently, so are New York City teenagers. Chalkbeat caught up with a handful of students this week as they registered to vote for the first time at an event organized by the New York Immigration Coalition. The group visited schools across the five boroughs, making sure teens didn’t miss out on the chance to cast their first ballot. Here’s what three teens at Pathways to Graduation at Schermerhorn Street in Brooklyn, an alternative school for older students working toward a high school equivalency degree, had to say about registering to vote, presidential politics and their hopes for the future. Tyrone Alexis, 19, Canarsie Tyrone Alexis wasn’t planning to vote. Then he got a crash course in civics from the New York Immigration Coalition. “They just said that basically the world gave us opportunity,” he said. “That’s the only power we get towards the government.” That was enough to convince him. Now that he’s registered, Alexis said he feels empowered -- and plans to make voting a social affair. “My friends, they plan to vote. We’re going to go together,” he said. The first ballot he’ll cast will be for Hillary Clinton, Alexis said. He was swayed by revelations that Trump may have avoided paying federal income taxes for almost two decades, as reported by the New York Times. “Hillary thinks that people that make a lot of money should pay more taxes than the people who don’t make a lot of money,” he said. Also on his mind as he heads to the ballot box: what kinds of work will be available once he and his friends enter the labor market. “We should get more jobs,” Alexis said. “That’s a big impact on the generation now." Kevin Narcisse, 19, Brooklyn Kevin Narcisse was born in the U.S., but his parents are from Haiti. Though he described his mom as a regular voter, Narcisse himself has yet to cast a ballot. Trump's stance on immigration convinced him to change that. “He wants our people, our moms and dads, to go back to their country. And that’s why I’m voting for Hillary," he said. "I don’t want to see my mom and dad to go back to their country."
October 7, 2016
Bureaucratic delays hobble Lower East Side school integration efforts, council members say
Community Education Council members said bureaucratic delays at the city Department of Education could put school integration plans a year behind schedule.
October 6, 2016
Rise & Shine: A Bronx middle school could be taken over
OUT OF TIME A “persistently struggling” Bronx middle school could be taken over after failing to make enough progress under state requirements — the only…
October 5, 2016
Five New York City school districts putting integration on the map
As the school year ramps up, so do plans to integrate New York City classrooms.
October 3, 2016
Preschools that implement parent training show better outcomes for students
A family-intervention program implemented in some New York City preschools has been proven to prevent emotional and behavioral issues in children -- and improve academic skills.
October 3, 2016
Rise & Shine: For some students with disabilities, a long wait for preschool seats
PRE-K WAIT Parents of children with disabilities have struggled to find spots in preschools that offer specialized services. Seat shortages could be a side effect…
September 30, 2016
Beginning with Children, charter school pioneer, rededicates old building
Beginning with Children 2 will be housed at 11 Bartlett Street, an old Pfizer headquarters building where the foundation opened its eponymous first school.
September 29, 2016
New diversity plans, same disputes in Upper West Side school rezoning
One school may implement a diversity plan for admissions, but parents who would be zoned out of high-performing P.S. 199 continue to push back.
September 28, 2016
Study: Students in New York City’s Pre-K for All program show learning gains
New studies of the city's universal pre-K program show students gained measurable academic skills.
September 27, 2016
Rise & Shine: School transfers just got easier for New York City students
TRANSFERS Switching schools — a notoriously difficult task in New York City for the past decade — just got easier. New city regulations allow parents…
September 26, 2016
New York City waives CUNY application fee for low-income students
Starting in October, low-income students will be able to apply to City University of New York colleges for free.
September 22, 2016
New York City schools expand career and technical education, while City Council members look to track progress
The New York City Department of Education will spend $113 million to expand and improve career and technical education programs.
September 20, 2016
Rise & Shine: In New York City, segregation starts in pre-K, report finds
PRE-K SEGREGATION A new report finds that New York City’s pre-K classrooms tend to be more segregated than kindergarten. One in six pre-K classrooms were…
September 20, 2016
Many of New York City’s pre-K classrooms are highly segregated, according to new report
One in six pre-K classrooms were highly homogenous, with 90 percent or more of students coming from a single racial or ethnic background, according to a new report.
September 19, 2016
Upper West Side parents still fighting rezoning plan that would diversify schools
The city has drawn up another plan to relieve overcrowding and integrate Upper West Side schools, but parents still need to be won over.
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