(Jul. 11, 2019) - Starting with the upcoming school year, students attending New York City public schools are no longer required to show any legal documents in order to change their name and/or gender on their permanent school records, according to a press release from the NYC Department of Education. Chancellor Richard Carranza made this announcement on June 28 in an effort to provide the “most comprehensive and affirming” guidelines to support transgender and “gender expansive” students. While the new rule still requires students to obtain permission from their parent or guardian before they make any changes, Carranza said that this regulation aims to, ”ensure that students’ identities are affirmed, respected, and supported in schools.”
(Jul. 11, 2019) - Not many 10 year olds can say they’ve competed in a professional cooking competition broadcasted on television, but Park Slope native Callum McGeory can. McGeory, who said he has been cooking with his grandpa since he was 4 years old, is set to make his first TV debut this month on the eighth season of Food Network’s “Chopped Junior,” a spinoff of the hit culinary show “Chopped.”
(Jul. 10, 2019) - Something as simple as a headache usually doesn’t alarm a parent too much, but when Robert Chapman came to his parents in fifth grade telling him he felt constant pain and exhaustion from them, they knew it had to be something more serious. “I was told it was due to puberty and I should let it slide,” Chapman recalled. “Then one day I collapsed in my apartment and my mom was like, ’No, we have to take him to the emergency room.’”
Impartial Hearings for NYC Special Education Services Are Not Effective for Parents Making Sacrifices
(Jul. 09, 2019) - Many parents of the five boroughs say they are struggling to provide their kids with necessary special education services from the city. A May report from the New York City Department of Education revealed that impartial hearings, which are meant to resolve parent disagreements with schools and provide their kids with necessary special education services from the city, have been plagued with complaints of too few hearing officers to be effective, according to an article from The City. The report found that parents and guardians filed almost 7,500 due process complaints through Feb. 21 of the recently ended school year, and complaints rose more than 50% over the previous three school years.
(Jul. 01, 2019) - Last week, Times Square Advertising Coalition premiered its three-day presentation of digital art made by 27 New York City public school students in Pre-K through 12th grade. Their artwork, which was picked from over a thousand submissions, is now displayed in Times Square’s Duffy Square on Clear Channel’s screen, according to an article from kidsnewsnyc.com. These Times Square works of art were chosen from the 115 works in The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s P.S. Art 2019: Celebrating the Creative Spirit of NYC Kids exhibition. This is a project from the New York City Department of Education, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Studio in a School NYC.
(Jun. 28, 2019) - Summer is upon us, and there is no better way to celebrate than by visiting Coney Island’s Luna Park with your report card to get some free credits for the amusement park. But make sure you hurry–this sweet deal will only last until Sunday. Here’s how it works: Show up and make sure your child (who needs to be in kindergarten through college) has their 2019 report card on them. Once you give it to Luna Park’s guest services, they’ll evaluate how many credits your little one’s hard work has earned him or her. An A (90-100) earns four free credits while a B (80-89) will earn three free credits.
(Jun. 27, 2019) - To prepare for the beginnings of the first research study for the Windward/Haskins Collaborative Project, state-of-the-art, custom electroencephalography, also known as EEG labs, are now being installed at The Windward School’s Manhattan and Westchester campuses. In February of 2019 Windward, a school for children with dyslexia and language-based learning disabilities, announced its collaboration with Haskins Laboratories, a private, non-profit research institute with a primary focus on speech, language and reading. The Windward/Haskins Laboratories Collaborative Project is “an international and interdisciplinary collaborative that brings together researchers, practitioners, educators and education technology specials.”
(Jun. 27, 2019) - Today, NYC’s 53 outdoor public pools have opened and will remain open through Sept. 8. Last summer, 1.7 million people used the pools, and the best part of the city’s pools? They’re all free!
(Jun. 24, 2019) - Yankee members teamed up to present 14-year-old Kiko Mina with a bike created by AdaptAbility, a business specializing in producing bikes for people with special needs, according to an article from Spectrum News. Sandra Alfonzo, who owns the bicycle shop Behind Bars, invented AdaptAbility after training for a marathon in Prospect Park and watching a child in a wheelchair longingly watch another child riding a bike.
(Jun. 19, 2019) - Brooklyn’s 4th Avenue will soon become the home for two new homeless shelters, according to an article written for the Bklyner–and while many would consider this optimistic news, not everyone is thrilled about it. According to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “Turning the Tide on Homelessness in New York City” initiative, 70 percent of shelter residents in New York City are families, making up the ”invisible majority” of New York City’s homelessness crisis. In an effort to support this initiative, the Department of Homeless Services (DHS) is enlisting Women In Need (WIN) to operate the two future homeless shelters.
(Jun. 18, 2019) - Now that summer is in full swing, many parents are looking for unique activities for their kids beyond the usual sports games, beach trips, and outdoor concerts. The historic Belvedere Castle in Central Park, which reopens on June 28, has been restored and repaired to its original glory over the last 15 months. Belvedere can be found atop Vista Rock, the park’s second-highest point, in the middle of the park at 79th Street. The castle’s name translates to “beautiful view” in Italian; visitors can see the Great Lawn, Turtle Pond, the Delacorte Theater, and more from the castle’s vantage points.