Category: Education

Overstretched mental health consultants are only support for 1/3 of Manhattan schools: Brewer report

Today, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued “Who’s Caring: The State of School-Based Mental Health Care in NYC Schools,” (PDF) a report opening a window for parents and concerned New Yorkers into the city’s school mental health system.
 
The report describes a fractured system. Some schools benefit from a patchwork of clinics funded from sources like state Medicaid programs, or from permanent social workers… Read more

B.P. Brewer announces $620,000 to fully fund air conditioning for High School of Fashion Industries auditorium

students and faculty sitting in High School of Fashion Industries auditorium NEW YORK – The High School of Fashion Industries will finally be able to reclaim its beautiful, Works Progress Administration-era auditorium from ‘brutal’ summer temperatures, thanks to a $620,000 capital allocation from Borough President Gale A. Brewer fully funding installation of an air conditioning system. Brewer announced today that the funding will be included in the Fiscal Year 2017-2018 city budget. The news coincides with her visit to the school… Read more

Brewer and Amp Up NYC Join Students to Celebrate Return of Music to Washington Heights High School

With its first student concert in years, the High School for Media and Communications in Washington Heights celebrated the return of instrumental music instruction to its halls. Students and faculty from the school were joined by Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer, representatives of Amp Up NYC, Berklee College of Music, Little Kids Rock, and the NYC Department of Education, as well as State Senator Adriano Espaillat and Councilmember Ydanis… Read more

Statement on Mayor’s Opposition to Court Decision That Protects Kids at P.S. 163

The following statement can be attributed to Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer: “Mayor de Blasio’s decision to file an amicus brief in support of this dangerous construction project next to a school baffles me. “The mayor is weighing in on behalf of an expensive private facility and against public school children. He’s taking the side of those arguing this project should go ahead without a full and thorough environmental… Read more

One Building, Four Schools, No Library: Brewer Highlights Shortchanged Public Schools

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Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer held a public hearing on school overcrowding and facilities needs in Manhattan’s public schools Tuesday evening at P.S. 125 in West Harlem. “Overcrowding and underfunding have put New York City’s public school students at a disadvantage,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Last night parents, students, educators, and community leaders spoke out, highlighting areas where better planning could make a difference,… Read more

At “School of Data” Conference, Brewer Announces She Will Bring Data Science Curriculum to NYC High Schools

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Today at BetaNYC’s NYC School of Data conference, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer announced she will bring data science classes to New York City high schools, making public that her office is forming a task force to develop a data science curriculum and implementation plan.
“As the world changes, it’s critical that our schools keep up. That doesn’t just mean putting computers in classrooms – it means… Read more

Brewer Celebrates New York’s Intel Science Talent Search Finalists and Semifinalists at Facebook Headquarters

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This afternoon at Facebook’s New York headquarters, Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer celebrated New York-area semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search, one of the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science competitions for high school students. “Science, technology, math, and engineering are more important than ever before, but the students in this competition have achieved more than academic mastery – they’ve successfully undertaken individual, independent research,” said… Read more

Public Hearing on Manhattan Public School Overcrowding, March 8

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer will hold a public hearing on overcrowding and facilities needs in Manhattan’s public schools on Tuesday, March 8, 2016. “Parents, students, teachers, and principals: these are the first people I ask when it comes to improving our schools’ facilities and programs, and we need to make sure all city policymakers hear their needs loud and clear,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “A… Read more

Statement on Legal Win Protecting P.S. 163 From Construction

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer issued the following statement Wednesday, after the announcement of a state court’s decision granting the community’s Article 78 petition and blocking construction of a new Jewish Home Lifecare facility next to the school. “This is a win for P.S. 163’s students: under the plan that was approved, a huge, high-rise project could have choked and deafened a high-performing school with dust and noise. Judge… Read more

Brewer Announces $6 Million for Tech in 57 Manhattan Public Schools

NEW YORK – Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer today announced a slate of capital grant awards promoting the use of technology and technology instruction in Manhattan’s public schools. The grants will be included in the city’s budget for Fiscal Year 2016, whose adoption is expected later this month. “There is no better investment than in modern tools and technology for the classroom, because they help prepare our kids for… Read more