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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Bronx News Roundup, Nov. 10

The Archdiocese of New York is threatening to strip six Bronx Catholic schools of the financial subsidies they've long relied on. In all, 32 schools across the state could be impacted. Without the subsidy, it's expected that most schools would be forced to close. In the Bronx, the following are at risk: Saint Augustine, Saint John Vianney, Saint Martin of Tours, Saint Dominic, Saint Anthony-Saint Frances and Saint Pius V Girls High School.

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein is stepping down. Cathleen P. Black, the chairwoman of Hearst Magazines, will replace him, Mayor Bloomberg announced yesterday. Klein oversaw a massive reorganization of the public school system, and won many friends, but fierce enemies, too. In an editorial, the Daily News praised Klein's work and said: "The city's children are far, far better off today than when he started eight years ago." But columnist Juan Gonzalez says he lost the respect of both parents and teachers

Students at IS 190, a school near Crotona Park, been have writing letters and sending artwork to a school in Nicaragua, part of a cross-cultural exchange designed to promote tolerance and understanding. Yesterday, the students visited the New York State Division of Human Rights, located at One Fordham Plaza, where some of their artwork hangs, to learn more about discrimination.

Parents with the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice rallied in Bronx on Monday, to demand that the Department of Education step up its game and address poor test scores.

When the Republicans take over the House in January, New York's congressional delegation will lose the chairmanships of several committees and subcommittees. Among those affected: Congressman Jose Serrano and Eliot Engel.

Two gunmen robbed a pharmacy in Mott Haven on Monday evening.

1 comment:

  1. Including St. Augustine's parochial school on this list is a real slap in the face to the parishoners and Bronx community; the church is condemned and the congregation has been meeting in the school auditorium across the street for the last 18 months. If they pull funding for the school, our vibrant faith community (filled with Latino, African American, and recent African immigrants) will truly be without a home. Not to mention the quality education this school offers to low-income minority youth in the South Bronx.


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