Scholarships for Black Students

AARP Foundation Women's Scholarship Program
For women 40+ seeking new job skills, training and educational opportunities to support themselves. 

Academic Competitiveness Grant
For first-year and second-year college students who graduated from high school. 

Actuarial Diversity Scholarship
For minority students pursuing a degree that may lead to a career in the actuarial profession. 


Pre-K on the Starting Blocks

New York Times Editorial


JAN. 20, 2014

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to offer full-day preschool to every New York City 4-year-old hasn’t yet rounded the corner from election slogan to classroom reality. But it’s moving: a public-relations campaign on Friday started blitzing the city with leaflets and emails to drum up support for the tax to pay for it.

Regents balance praise and criticism in Core forums debrief

December 16, 2013

Six weeks into Commissioner John King’s high-profile and often contentious meetings across the state focusing on the rollout of Common Core learning standards, state education officials praised—and raised new concerns about—those forums this morning.
At the Board of Regents’ monthly meeting in Albany on Monday, some applauded King for taking time to conduct the forums, which they suggested were often less than civil. “I cannot believe that the commissioner spent so much time away from this office trying to dispel misinformation and trying to explain what we’ve been doing,” said Anthony Bottar, a Regent who represents parts of Central New York.


Dissent magazine article: Who Will Reform the Reformers?

By Ilana Garon - December 17, 2013

 A week ago, when I went to turn in my timecard in preparation to leave school for the day, I encountered one of my co-teachers—a fifteen-year veteran who is beloved by her students and the teachers whom she has mentored—standing outside the main office looking frazzled. She had just come from an “Initial Planning Conference” with one of our supervisors, in which teachers discuss with their higher-ups the ways in which they will be evaluated, per the new criteria set out by the New York City Department of Education. “It’s so convoluted,” she told me, holding her palms to her face in a gesture of exasperation. “These new evaluations—they take away time from doing things that actually help the students learn, by piling on so much paperwork and pressure on teachers to do things that don’t even make any sense. I feel like I’m running in a hamster wheel.”


Best and worst education news of 2013

Friday, December 27, 2013 

NYC Public School Parents (Independent voices of New York City public school parents)

Here’s a brief look back at the best and worst education news of the past year.   

These are the six best, from my perspective of course; please put your nominations in the comment section below!


Veteran of City School System Is Said to Be Next Chancellor

Published: December 29, 2013
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio will appoint Carmen Fariña, a former top official of the New York City E
ducation Department, as the next schools chancellor, a person with knowledge of the decision said on Sunday.
Ms. Fariña, 70, the daughter of immigrants from Spain who fled the Franco regime, is a veteran of the city’s school system, having served as a teacher, principal and superintendent of a Brooklyn school district. She retired as a deputy chancellor in 2006.


Prioridad educativa para inmigrantes de NY

El Diario/La Prensa
Martes, 31 Diciembre 2013
Por: Claire Sylvan y Steven Choi /
(Sylvan es la directora ejecutiva y Fundadora del Internationals Network for Public Schools y Choi es director ejecutivo de The New York Immigration Coalition).
La nueva Canciller del Departamento de Educación de la Ciudad de Nueva York, Carmen Fariña, hereda un sistema de más de 1,500 escuelas compuesto por más de un millón de alumnos, de los cuales 41% hablan uno de 160 idiomas. Las destrezas lingüísticas y culturales de estos alumnos son una gran ventajas en la economía multilingue global. 


De Blasio chancellor pick Fariña promises ‘progressive agenda’

GothamSchools Blog
Posted By Patrick Wall
December 30, 2013
Carmen Fariña was named schools chancellor Monday at Brooklyn’s M.S. 51, where she promised to pursue a “progressive agenda.”


El Diario Op-Ed on Priority of ELLs for New Chancellor By Claire Sylvan & Steven Choi

By Claire Sylvan and Steven Choi
The new Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, Carmen Fariña inherits a system of more than 1500 schools and over a million students, of whom 41% speak one of 160 languages. These students’ language skills and cultural fluency are golden advantages in the multi-lingual, global economy and New York City’s success will hinge in part by Farina’s ability to meet the needs of the 160,000 English language learner students (ELLs) –15% of the total school population-- as well as their immigrant parents.  These students have to learn a new language, master academics and the newly arrived need to learn a new culture and school system.  Although they have great potential, the system these students are being left behind.  Only one ELL out of three graduates in four years—compared to a greater than 60% rate for all students. And the proficiency rates on State tests for 3rd through 8th graders r for ELLs were shockingly low – 3% for English, 11% for math.