NASA celebrates legacy of first Black American Astronaut

Fifty years ago, a tragic accident ended the groundbreaking career of Major Robert H. Lawrence, Jr., a Chicago native and stellar Air Force pilot who became America’s first Black astronaut.

14 NYC schools, including Bronx campus where student was fatally stabbed, face closure

Fourteen NYC schools face closure, including the Bronx campus where a student was fatally stabbed earlier this semester, largely due to underperformance, and others may be merged or truncated, the NYC Department of Education announced Monday.

More NY students with disabilities can graduate with diplomas

Monday, the New York State Board of Regents adopted new regulations for students with disabilities that allows them to graduate without passing state exams.

Public school parents rally to challenge mayor/DOE commitment to diversity

A group of parents, an elected official and public high school students gathered at City Hall last week to challenge the mayor. The challenge? Proof of his and the Department of Education’s commitment to diversity.

Painter Laura Wheeler Waring, noted for her portraits and illustrations

Depicted on the cover of the April 1923 edition of The Crisis magazine is the art of Laura Wheeler Waring, and this image of a woman playing an ancient harp, entitled “Egypt and Spring,” was just one of several covers ...

New enrichment program for Black girls transforms lives

At a time when many messages for young girls seem to be conflicting, Baton Rouge teens are experiencing an influx of organizations and programs designed to show them how amazing and powerful they are in the world. From Black Girls ...

Study: Public schools aren’t participating in family/community engagement

A new study conducted by Rice University suggests that “family and community engagement” were the biggest drivers of a parent’s satisfaction with their child’s school.

Gov. Cuomo announces approval of Smart Schools Investment Plans

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has announced the approval of 88 Smart Schools Investment Plans aimed at reimagining teaching and learning for the 21st century.

Fariña kicks off computer science education week

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has launched Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 4-10), a global effort encouraging computer science education, and she has announced New York City’s new CS4All Hack League, a citywide coding competition.

NYCLU to Sen. Felder: No armed police in public schools

The New York Civil Liberties Union has called out a state senator for suggesting armed police be put in schools.

Teen-powered website will allow South Bronx residents to submit tips about neighborhood crime

South Bronx youths are about to make the neighborhood a whole lot safer with the introduction of a website that will allow users to anonymously submit tips about crime and safety concerns in the neighborhood.

Touro College Graduate School of Social work addresses forgotten citizens

Children of undocumented parents live in fear that their parents will be arrested. They are hypervigilant in their surroundings. They almost always fear the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raid, and there’s never a respite from the dread of what might ...

Remember her name—Singer and composer Alberta Hunter

There’s a large blowup photo/poster of famed singer Alberta Hunter in the office of the Edwards Sisters’ Realty in Harlem. Hunter’s naked body is partially covered and at the bottom of the photo is her inscription to a Charlie Parker.

HBCUs generate $14.8 billion in economic impact

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) generate $14.8 billion in economic impact annually, according to a stunning new report by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF).

Newark students get free wireless devices

More than 4,000 Newark Public Schools students got a surprise Friday when they were all given free Sprint wireless devices.