Education

Harvard rescinds some admission offers after students share offensive memes

Memes are an internet sensation, but they can also have real-world consequences. At least 10 students accepted to Harvard College have had their admissions rescinded after sharing racist and “sexually explicit” memes in a Facebook group titled “Harvard memes for horny...

Monday, August 6, 2018 - 2:14pm

LeBron James opens I Promise School In Akron, Ohio

NBA superstar LeBron James just opened the I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, to help at-risk third and fourth-grade students.   The LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools teamed up to create a new school for public school students in the city who are...

Wednesday, August 1, 2018 - 5:23pm

Mean Girls cast go from bullies to mentors in NYC schools

The girls of Broadway’s Mean Girls have learned their lesson so well, they’re ready to teach other girls how to be excellent too. After tackling bullying among high school girls and the pressures they face in school onstage, the cast of the Mean Girls musical are stepping into the...

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 - 4:05pm

City-based nonprofit tackles veteran, underserved unemployment

The percentage of unemployed veterans hit an average all-time low of 4.5 percent last year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, but that certainly wasn’t always the case, which is why Bronx native Dr. Arthur Langer set out to create a systemic change when he founded Workforce...

Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 4:46pm

City launches new season of We Speak NYC English language learning program

City officials on Wednesday unveiled the newest season of its Emmy-winning, free English language learning program, We Speak NYC. Previously known as We Are New York, the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs’ We Speak NYC strives to help immigrant New Yorkers build language skills and...

Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 11:07am

All the places teachers can get deals on food this week

Teacher Appreciation Day was Tuesday, May 8, but the ode to our country's educators isn’t over yet — it lasts all week! Students (or parents of students): if you’re looking for last-minute gift ideas, check out Metro’s guide. And teachers: you’ll want to take note...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 2:54pm

On Teacher Appreciation Day, Debra Messing thanks HS teacher at Crayola event in NYC

In the New York City school district alone, there are about 75,000 teachers who influence more than 1 million students each school day. Nationwide, about 3.2 million teachers work in United States public school systems. In honor of National Teacher Appreciation Day, Crayola wants to help people...

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 - 9:57am

Is today Teacher Appreciation Day?

It’s safe to say that, other than our parents, teachers are the adults we spend the most time with growing up. They drill lessons in our heads — real world messages as well as tips for solving long division. They lift us up when we’re down and show us that grades aren’t...

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 5:06am

Queens 3rd grader wins statewide Google Doodle contest

A third grader from Queens has won a statewide Google Doodle contest with her artwork based on the competition’s “What inspires me” prompt, Google announced Friday. Aspiring doctor Chloe Chan of PS 188Q Kingsbury in Flushing won Google hardware for her winning artwork entitled...

Friday, May 4, 2018 - 10:32am

Soon-to-be FIT grads vie for spot on school’s coveted runway

Doing a senior thesis is daunting for any college student, but for soon-to-be graduates of Fashion Institute of Technology’s fashion design program, it literally comes down to judgment day. OK, it’s technically called Judging Day, and students work all year with industry mentors like...

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 5:03am

Art — and life lessons — on display at Lavelle School for the Blind’s art show

For anyone who thinks that a school for blind youth wouldn’t need an arts program, many of its students will proudly teach you otherwise. On Friday, for the third year in a row, Lavelle School for the Blind in the Bronx held its annual art show to display colorful works created by the...

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 - 5:00am

NYC schools to begin using compostable cutlery come fall

New York City students will be eating a little greener come fall by way of compostable cutlery, the New York Post reported. Alongside Chicago, Miami and Los Angeles, New York City will be part of a $34.8 million, five-year contract with Houston-based F&W Plastics to provide biodegradable...

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 10:12am

Dorchester teacher honored for work with ESL students

A big part of teaching middle school students is preparing them for the new challenges of high school, but in Jennifer Dines’s class at Lilla G. Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester, students are already navigating something new and unknown: life in the United States. Dines teaches...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 5:00am

Project Petals inspires next generation of New York City’s urban planners

In 2013, when Alicia White grew tired of seeing Railroad Park in her Jamaica, Queens, neighborhood be neglected, she mobilized the community to urge the city to do something about it. The city did, and that paved the way for other environmental projects elsewhere — and eventually the...

Wednesday, March 28, 2018 - 5:00am

Columbia University announces first-ever coding bootcamp

With the tech industry booming, Columbia University is looking to help New Yorkers learn the necessary skills to join one of the country’s fastest-growing career paths.  In partnership with workforce accelerator Trilogy Education Services, Columbia Engineering will host its first-ever...

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 3:07pm

Betsy DeVos, Education Secretary, isn't quite sure how to use a verb

United States Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, a product of private schools who advocates moving federal dollars from public to private schools, did not seem to know what a verb was on Tuesday. DeVos tweeted out a graphic, designed like a dictionary entry, which encouraged her audience to “...

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 - 4:17pm

Houston superintendent named NYC schools chancellor

After a brief hiccup, the search for the city’s next schools chancellor ended Monday as Richard A. Carranza, the current superintendent of the Houston Independent School District, was named to the post. Carranza notably reopened Houston schools just two weeks after Hurricane Harvey...

Tuesday, March 6, 2018 - 7:17am

How Brooklyn Public Library wants to redesign fashion education

Brooklynites have been setting trends in fashion for years, and now a select few of them are getting the chance to create those styles from the ground up thanks to what might seem like an unexpected source: The Brooklyn Public Library. The BPL just began piloting its first-ever Brooklyn Fashion...

Monday, March 5, 2018 - 1:32pm

Mayor's picks for NYC chancellor turns down job

Mayor Bill de Blasio's pick for head of New York City public schools has rejected the job offer.  The mayor announced his new pick, Miami superintendent Alberto Carvalho, to run the largest school system in the country on Wednesday. Carvalho would have replaced Carmen Fariña, who...

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 1:58pm

BPS, state high school graduation rates increase

Boston Public Schools students are graduating within four years at a higher rate than ever before, the district announced. Throughout BPS schools, 72.7 percent of students graduated within four years for the 2016-17 school year — a .3 percentage-point increase from the year before, according...

Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 11:12am