Morning Headlines


Sex Ed is Back in New York City (NYT)
In the past 20 years, sex education in New York City was mostly up to individual principals and schools. Now, there will be more cohesion. The plan is part of Mayor Bloomberg’s broader strategy to improve the lives of black and Latino teenagers, who are more likely to have unplanned pregnancies and contract sexually transmitted diseases. The curriculum will address how to properly use a condom and the appropriate age for sexual activity.

DEP Developing Alert System for When Sewage Enters Water (DNAinfo)
A day after Riverkeeper released a report saying the Hudson River is unsafe to swim in 21 percent of the time because of sewage discharge, the Department of Environmental Protection says it will develop a system for informing the public when such incidents occur. The DEP says the agency will soon begin releasing testing results from its seven sites along the river online and warning the public when rainfall affects pollution levels.

Building Permits Are Up 12% (WSJ)
The increase could be a sign that the city’s ailing building industry is on the mend. Building permits are up 12 percent during the first half of 2011, compared to the same time last year. Demolitions also jumped 14 percent.

“Bronx Effect” Might Help DSK Accuser at Civil Trial (NY Daily News)
Nafissatou Diallo, the woman accusing Dominique Strauss-Kahn of sexual assault and suing against the former IMF leader in the Bronx, could find a more sympathetic jury there.  Legal experts say Bronx juries are more likely to hand out big awards to plaintiffs than those in other boroughs. They say race and socioeconomic factors make the borough unfriendly to powerful men like Strauss-Kahn.

Top NYCHA Officials Are Leaving (City Hall News)
The housing agency’s general manager, chief financial officer and human resources director, plus three other officials from capital projects, leased housing and housing development have all left or are on their way to new jobs. A NYCHA spokeswoman says the fact that so many people have left for positions at major organizations is a sign of the caliber of people at the agency. However, many are worried that with the vacancies, NYCHA will have a harder time fixing long running problems.

As City Names ‘Restart’ Partners, Principals Union Sounds Alarm (GothamSchools)
The city announced the six nonprofit groups, known as Educational Partnership Organizations, to take over the management of 14 struggling schools starting this fall. Under this new structure, principals at those schools will report directly to their EPO rather than a DOE superintendent. It’s part of a deal between the city and the teachers union to provide federal funding for 33 low-performing schools. The remaining schools will undergo “transformation” involving replacing longtime principals and promising additional resources.