Kids Teach Kids Local History

by Allan Appel | May 23, 2018 2:26 pm | Comments (2)

Allan Appel PhotoSixth-graders Alia Jones and Joseph Saunders had learned that the former Goffe Street Special School for Colored Children —now the Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Masons at Sperry and Goffe—was the city’s first school for African-American kids and adults.

They also had learned the school opened up shortly after the Civil War. They certainly knew what the Civil War was about.

However, they did not know that only white teachers were allowed in the early years. That really bothered the African-American students, who set about to make some changes.

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Parents, Teachers Blast School Closures

by Staff | May 23, 2018 7:51 am | Comments (15)

At a school finance meeting on Monday, Board of Education members asked Superintendent Carol Birks to consider closing six elementary schools across the city, after alders look ready to flat-line next year’s funding. Parents and teachers from NHPS Advocates responded in a statement, asking the board to explain the decision and maintain magnet schools.

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Creed Walks Out

by Aurea Bianca Orencia | May 18, 2018 12:08 pm | Comments (9)

Contributed PhotosStudents at Cortlandt V.R. Creed Thursday got an early start on leaving their school. They attended a session about the Board of Education’s plans to close the inter district magnet high school this coming academic year to save money. (Read about that here.) Then the students staged a walkout for 26 minutes. Creed junior Aurea Bianca Orencia sent in the following write-up about why the students walked out:

Despite some hesitations of getting wet in the rain, a majority of the students at Creed walked out to say a statement to the board: education should see no color.

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