Monday, March 3rd, 2014
It took Althea Hoyte more than 30 years to build up the courage to try to earn her high school diploma. Now, after a year of studying, she thinks it might be too late. Hoyte took the General Education Development (GED) test in November but found out in January that she didn’t pass.
The GED was the test that students who hadn’t graduated from high school had to pass to move on to college or some careers. But it was phased out in New York at the end of December and replaced with the more challenging Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC). The new test is intended to “raise educational achievement for all students,” according to the New York State Education Department.
Students like Hoyte, 51, are worried they may not be able to pass the more rigorous test.
Thursday, December 19th, 2013
Ronnie Cortes and Kevin Garcia had a system.
While Cortes, 19, worked six hours at a minimum wage job, followed by six hours of high school, Garcia, 20, watched their infant son in the mornings. Then he’d head to work at a nearby supermarket, and a friend’s mom took over the babysitting.
After picking up Mason, Cortes cleaned the half of the room the three share with Garcia’s sister and her child. Then came homework, until 2 a.m. or later.
But recently, their house of cards collapsed.
Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
Rather than meet Santa at their local mall, 150 children from P.S. 197 visited him at his house at the North Pole, thanks to Delta Airlines’ annual “Holiday in the Hangar” event at Kennedy Airport. The airline created a simulated flight to transport the Queens students to a holiday party set up across the airport.
Disney star Ashley Tisdale helped St. Nick hand out presents and spread holiday cheer to the students, many of whom were left homeless after Superstorm Sandy ravaged their Far Rockaway neighborhood last year.
“We’re still getting there,” said P.S. 197 parent Donna Hamlet. “I think this Christmas, people are just more thankful. They understand that now we just can’t take things for granted.”
Tuesday, November 26th, 2013
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