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As an author, CNN and MSNBC educational correspondent, host of TV One’s “Save My Son” and founder of the Hartford, Conn., Capital Preparatory Magnet School, Steve Perry has built himself into an educational brand, referring to himself as “the most trusted educator in America.” He is set to bring that brand to New York City, a charter school in West Harlem set to open this August.
Boasting nearly perfect graduation rates and a 100 percent college acceptance rate, Perry and Capital Prep seemingly dispel the notion that poverty and minority racial status equate to low academic standing.
But critics in the Nutmeg State have charged Perry, who holds a master’s in social work and a doctorate in education, with exaggerating Capital Prep’s accomplishments.
Boxing is a tough sport but it can be ever more difficult for boxers once they leave the profession. Many fighters put higher education on the sidelines while they pursue a career in the ring. CUNY has teamed up with the New York State Athletic Commission and other groups to help change that with the new “Fight for Your Future” campaign.
Scot and Jacq Tatelman started STATE Bags after realizing that a new backpack could make a big difference in a child’s life. Their high-energy backpack giveaway at P.S. 208 in Harlem was filled with confidence-building life advice.