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Cathie Black Abruptly Resigns as NYC’s School Chancellor

Cathie BlackJust three months after taking office, Cathie Black announced that she is resigning from her position of New York City’s Chancellor of Schools. A controversial appointment from the start, Black was criticized for her lack of credentials in both the eduction field and the public sector. NBC New York reports that Black released a statement saying, “it has become increasingly apparent that my ability to serve successfully as the chancellor of New York City Schools is not possible.”

Mayor Bloomberg announced today that Black will be succeeded by deputy mayor for education, Dennis Walcott. “She loves New York and wants to do what’s right for the families and students that we serve,” said Bloomberg. “She and I met this morning and we have mutually agreed that it is in the city’s best interests if she steps down as chancellor. I take full responsibility for the fact that this has not worked out as either of us had hoped or expected.”

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50 Cent’s Education Background

50 Cent HeadshotCurtis James Jackson III was born on July 6, 1975. Jackson, better known by his stage name, 50 Cent, was raised in  the South Jamaica neighborhood of Queens in New York City. 50 Cent was raised without a father by his mother Sabrina. 50 Cent’s mother was 15 when she gave birth to her son. She was also a cocaine dealer who was eventually murdered in 1988. At that time 50 Cent went to live with his grandparents and his eight aunts and uncles.

50 Cent attended Andrew Jackson High School in Queens, New York. On June 29, 1994, he was arrested for selling drugs and possession. He served six months in a shock incarceration boot camp where he earned his GED. He did not attend college.

50 Cent left drug dealing and began to pursue his rap career. During this early period he was shot and struck nine times in 2000. The artist recovered and continued on his journey to becoming a rap star. In 2002 50 Cent released his album, Guess Who’s Back? He was noticed by rapper Eminem and signed with Interscope Records.  50 Cent received some help as he furthered his career from Eminem and rapper Dr. Dre and led 50 Cent to his first commercial success. He rose to fame with the release of his albums Get Rich or Die Tryin’ (2003) and The Massacre (2005).

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6,100 New York Teachers Cut, Despite Tax Revenue Increase

By Stephanie VanderVelden

New York City maintains the largest public school district in the nation. Due to an unstable economy in recent years, it is not alarming that fat must be trimmed from some city service budgets. However, the news that over 6,100 teachers will be cut from public school instruction came as a shock to teachers in New York City.

Despite an estimated increase of over $2 billion dollars in tax revenue for the next two years, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has resolved to continue with teacher cuts. The immediate layoffs would leave 4,666 teachers out of a job. Another 1,500 public school teachers would be pushed out of the district over time. Losing this many teachers in New York City represents one out of every 12 teachers currently employed in the district.

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Student Sues Prostitute for 1.8 Million

A New York City college student is suing a Las Vegas prostitute for committing an “illegal sexual act” on him, the Las Vegas Sun reported late Thursday.

Earlier this month, Hubert Blackman filed a law suit against the dance company called Las Vegas Exclusive Personals. He is seeking a $275 refund plus another $1.8 million.

“I would like the court to close the business,” he said in the suit. “I also would like to get my $275 payment back and a $1.8 million verdict for the tragic event that happened.”

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Cathie Black Appointed Chancellor of New York City Schools

Cathie Black

UPDATE [4/7/11]: Cathie Black Abruptly Resigns as NYC’s School Chancellor

Just as Cathie Black takes her new post as Chancellor of New York City Schools, two more veteran officials step down. Joel Klein’s surprise resignation and the unusual appointment of Black, who was previously the chairman of Hearst Magazines, have left the governing body of New York City schools in shock.

“I’m leaving you the best team ever assembled in K to 12 education. The eight deputy chancellors…have a depth of institutional knowledge and a range of skills that you will be able to draw on,” Klein said after announcing he will step down.

However, two of those team members are already leaving. Photeine Anagnostopoulos, deputy chancellor for finance and technology, and Elizabeth Sciabarra, who founded the Office of student enrollment, have both offered their letters of resignation.

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Nearly 30 Catholic Schools Closing in New York

catholic-schoolThe Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York plans to close a number of elementary and high schools in Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx. They are responsible for 216 parochial schools in the area. The exact number of schools to be shut down has yet to be released. Some church officials have estimated that about 30 schools with be affected, reports The New York Times.

The closings are representative of a nation-wide trend. Nearly half of Catholic schools in Brooklyn have closed since 1998. The current closures are part of the “Pathway to Excellence” plan, which aims to address the steady decline of student enrollment in Catholic schools since the 1980s. The three-year strategy includes recruiting better principals, improving test scores, increasing financial aid and attracting more Hispanic students.

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Vera Wang: The Runway Looks You’ll Want to Steal

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Vera Wang’s 2011 spring collection claimed an unusual inspiration: Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill. Shown yesterday at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, the collection was thankfully free of yellow jumpsuits and crimson gore. It consisted of Asian-inspired garments with a touch of boyish tailoring. Nonetheless, the show exemplified several trends you’ll want to wear this spring.

Top Trends:

1. Kimono-Inspired Dress
Look for patterned silks, wide folds and asymmetrical necklines.

2. Knots at the Waist

From rope belts with shorts to origami details at the waist of dresses, these details echo the look of an obi.

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Organization of Black Maritime Graduates to Host Fund-Raising Gala

suny-maritime-collegeThe Organization of Black Maritime Graduates (OBMG) was founded in 1994, and has granted over 80 maritime scholarships since its inception. The nonprofit organization was formed by Captain Robert Cook and five other SUNY Maritime College graduates to help minority students at Maritime College fund their higher education.

The scholarships are awarded each year at a dinner held in February, in honor of Black History Month. Awardees are selected based on their academic merit and financial need. OBMG also provides these students with guidance and mentoring, both during college and after graduation.

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Principal Resigns Over Lack of Diversity at Elite Prep School

hunter-college-high-schoolA day after graduation, Eileen Coppola resigned as principal of the prestigious New York City Hunter College High School. She presented a notice of no confidence to the president of Hunter College, who is responsible for the administration of the high school.

The controversy at the school stems from the use of a single test to determine who is accepted to Hunter College High School. The test was written decades ago and has changed little over the years. In order to better their chances of acceptance, affluent families turn to professional test preparation. Many argue that the admissions criteria should be expanded to include interviews or portfolio reviews. In fact, a faculty committee recommended the changes, saying that these measures could increase diversity at the school. Only one percent of Hunter College High School student body is Hispanic, and three percent are black. Seventy percent of the students in the public school system are black and Hispanic. Read the rest of this entry »

Education Drives Real Estate Decisions in New York City

public-education-drives-real-estate-choicesIn a recent article published in the New York Times, New York City parents with elementary school children in cited top public schools as a major motivation for choosing a neighborhood. Developers have made an effort to target parents by building spacious, family-sized apartments, driving up the cost of living in these neighborhoods. Many families forgo larger homes in the suburbs with the expectation that their children will attend the best public schools and avoid the costs of private education. This inflation seems to have taken the world by a storm, but some places in the world remain affected. But many estates in some parts of the world stay unaffected, especially the Houses for sale in Hua Hin, because these parts have seen an evergreen growth. Read the rest of this entry »


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