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Susan Barnes: 'Believe You're Worthy'

Monday, April 23, 2012

After earning an A in two progress reports, last year P.S. 112 in the northern section of the Bronx fell to a D, setting off fears among students and parents that the school would be closed. The principal, Susan Barnes, talked about how fragile success can be in certain schools and certain neighborhoods, and how scoring poorly puts a school under a microscope.

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Schoolbook

For a Closing School, Mock Trial Team Successes Are Bittersweet

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The mock trial team from Grace Dodge Career & Technical High School gave it their best, but they lost to Hunter College High School in a citywide competition. It was a disappointing loss, considering the school is scheduled for phase out, and neither students nor their coach know whether the mock trial team will continue as the school shrinks every year until closing.

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WNYC News

Kids March to End Violence in Their Neighborhood

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

About 400 elementary school children from PS11, the Highbridge School, participated in a neighborhood march for peace Tuesday afternoon in the Bronx.

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Features

Museum Offers Free Admission to Attract Bronx Residents

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Admission to The Bronx Museum of the Arts will be free starting Thursday in an effort to attract more of the borough's residents to the museum. The $5 adult tickets and $3 student and senior tickets were a barrier to entry to the institution, which is located in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the country.

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Schoolbook

No Need to Fear the Common Core Standards

Friday, March 23, 2012

One principal worried that implementing the new common core standards would place another burden on students and teachers, who already have to contend with Regents and A.P. exams and other standardized tests. But instead, the principal at Harry S. Truman High School in the Bronx has found that the new standards encourage ''teaching for understanding,'' which helps prepare students for all future learning.

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Features

Female Baby Giraffe Born at the Bronx Zoo

Friday, March 23, 2012

The Bronx Zoo has a new female Baringo giraffe calf. When she was born this month, the calf was roughly 6 feet tall and over 100 pounds, according to the Bronx Zoo.

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WNYC News

VIDEO: On the Brink | The New Face of Poverty: Meet Yolanda

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

After 30 years working in nonprofits and for NYC's Department of Education, Yolanda Cotto, a mother of three, is now living in poverty, struggling to keep her home.

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On the Brink | The New Face of Poverty: Meet Yolanda

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

In our new series On the Brink: The New Face of Poverty, meet Yolanda, an unemployed mother of three who is facing homelessness as she, like many Americans, grapples with supporting her family and tries to get back on her feet.

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WNYC News

Diaz Defends Fresh Direct's Move to the Bronx

Monday, February 27, 2012

Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr. is defending online grocer Fresh Direct's plans to move to Mott Haven.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

State of The Bronx

Monday, February 27, 2012

Ruben Diaz Jr., Bronx borough president, talks about some of his recent state of the borough address, including FreshDirect's move to the Bronx and the Kingsbridge Armory plans.

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Schoolbook

Edward Tom: 21st-Century Principals Have to Be Resourceful

Monday, February 27, 2012

'It is very important for me to constantly look for opportunities in which people are looking to support public education,' said Edward Tom in the latest interview for Principal's Office. And his relentless fund-raising, combined with his results-oriented philosophy, have paid off. At the high school he founded seven years ago, the Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics, students are thriving.

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WNYC News

Mourners at Ramarley Graham Funeral Demand Justice

Saturday, February 18, 2012

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The funeral for Ramarley Graham, the 18-year-old, unarmed Bronx man shot by a police officer who said he thought Graham had a gun, was both a celebration of a young life cut short and also a call to action.

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WNYC News

Police Shooting of Unarmed Man Has Community on Edge

Thursday, February 09, 2012

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UPDATED. Ramarley Graham was shot and killed by an NYPD officer a week ago in the Bronx. Police followed  the 18-year-old into his apartment believing he had a gun, but no weapon was ever found.  There’s been a passionate outcry by the community about the killing — especially because it happened inside the teenager's home.

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WNYC News

Fresh Direct Plans Move to the Bronx

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Fresh Direct, the grocery delivery service based in Long Island City, Queens, announced plans Tuesday to open new headquarters in the Bronx within three years — despite attempts from New Jersey to woo the company to the Garden State.

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Schoolbook

Jane Addams H.S. Principal Resigns Amid Credit Scandal

Thursday, January 26, 2012

The principal of a troubled Bronx high school will resign at the end of this week amid accusations that she gave some students credit for classes they never took. City officials said on Thursday that Sharron Smalls, the principal of Jane Addams High School for Academic Careers, will step down as principal on Friday, leaving her $140,000 job to become an assistant principal at another school. The school is slated to be phased out.

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Aspire Prep Says It Should Not Be Penalized for One Bad Year

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Bronx middle school Aspire Preparatory claims it is being unfairly tarnished because of one especially bad year. The school earned its first F last year when a high number of teachers were absent and it had to lean heavily on a revolving door of substitutes. Now it will likely be phased out, only a few years after it took the place of an even less successful school.

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Transportation Nation

Bronx To Get Real-Time Bus Info

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

(photo by bitchcakesnyc via flickr) Following on the heels of Staten Island, the Bronx will become the second of New York's five boroughs to get real-time bus information.

New York's MTA is currently installing GPS units on the 1,025 buses that serve the borough. The agency said the service will go live sometime this year.

In a press release, MTA head Joe Lhota heralded Bus Time as a time saver (and caffeine-enabler). "Knowing how far away your next bus is means you can spend more time with your family or more time at a coffee shop instead of waiting at a bus stop in a state of uncertainty," he said. "About 90% of our customers carry text-message enabled cell phones, so this is a big step forward to help make the lives of our customers a lot easier."

This technology debuted on Brooklyn's B63 last year and went live on all buses in Staten Island earlier this month.

The MTA's press release enigmatically states: "the next borough will also come online in 2012," leaving two more boroughs -- which the MTA says will get Bus Time by 2013.

Want to read more about Bus Time? TN's field test of Staten Island's system is here.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Poverty in The Bronx

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

In an article in The Nation, editorial director of Colorlines, Kai Wright, argues that poverty in The Bronx results from policy, not personal choice. 

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Schoolbook

The 'Super Heroes' Are Already Here

Friday, December 23, 2011

A principal in the Bronx says there are superheroes in many public schools, giving their all to help children from struggling homes gain a love of learning, all leading, perhaps, to a different life script.

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WNYC News

Bronx Tenants Left Without Gas Since August

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dozens of tenants in the Mount Hope section of the Bronx will go through another holiday without gas.

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