Saturday, September 19th, 2015
City officials hoped that Mayor De Blasio’s landmark Universal Pre-K (UPK) program would draw 73,000 students in its second year, but only 65,000 youngsters have enrolled so far. Deputy Mayor Richard Buery wants parents to know they can still sign up their 4-year-olds for this school year by dialing 311, going to nyc.gov/prek or texting “Pre-K” to 877-877 for assistance.
To help get the word out about the program, which costs city taxpayers $300 million annually, Buery joined Queens Borough President Melinda Katz at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a new Pre-K classroom in seemingly unlikely, but appropriate, spot: a Long Island City library.
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015
On a recent Wednesday afternoon, about fifteen high school students from the International Community High School (ICHS) in the South Bronx stood at the gates of City Hall, where they plan to stand every Wednesday until their demands are met: sports at their school, and all small schools in New York City.
“Chancellor Fariña, you did not read our research. If you did, you would be standing with us and not against us!” belted senior Sory Konate. Other students chanted “Civil rights matter!” to the rhythm of four students drumming on bright orange Home Depot buckets. They stood behind a bright white banner embossed with the image of a clasped black fist and their movement’s social media tag, #civilrightsmatter.
Standing by, distributing fliers and keeping an eagle eye out for councilmembers, was David Garcia-Rosen, the man who had been their school dean until March, when he was removed from the school following another action calling for expanded access to sports.