Setbacks with the World Trade Center Memorial and Museum

South Pool of the WTC Memorial

Over the past few years, plans have been set in motion to try and create an underground World Trade Center Memorial Museum. The museum was supposed to be created to commemorate all of the victims of the 9/11 attacks and was scheduled to open on September 11th, 2012, the 11th anniversary of the attacks. The museum would also be opening one year after the revealing of a September 11th memorial at the site of the buildings that in its first few months of opening, drew well over 1 million visitors. The museum is intended to add to the memorial and …continue reading

SUNY Wastes Money, Paterson Not Cutting Costs

David Paterson

This year, CUNY and SUNY colleges have both raised tuition, cut classes, stopped hiring adjuncts, and in general have tried to cut costs everywhere they can. Well, the Daily News is reporting that while students are paying tons more in fees and tuition, SUNY has spent $29.9 paying overtime through November of this fiscal year (which does not end until March 31).

This new finding means that SUNY is exceeding last year’s total, while other schools have cut overtime.

SUNY spokesman David Belsky said new Chancellor Nancy Zimpher is trying to develop a system-wide plan to cut costs “through greater innovation and reduced …continue reading

Homework Making Kids Nearsighted

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School kids everywhere can get up and cheer; it was finally proven that homework is harmful to one’s health. Research shows that homework is making kids nearsighted.

Kids these days have way too much homework! Students in first to sixth who attend rigorous schools are much more prone to developing myopia, or near-sightedness. Even children who do not have a family history of poor vision are developing myopia, according to prominent Upper East Side pediatric eye doctor, Mark Steele.

“There’s a correlation between private schools and nearsightedness,” Dr. Steele told The Post. “The kids in private school do more reading, and that puts …continue reading

CUNY Ceremony Disrupted By Trustee Shouting Match

City Councilman Charles Barron

Today was a special day for CUNY, when Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other officials came to the Borough of Manhattan Community College to celebrate the rebuilding of their Fiterman Hall, which was badly damaged on September 11, 2001.

However, during the first part, City Councilman Charles Barron and CUNY Trustee Jeffery Wiesenfeld has a shouting match, yelling “You shut up!” “You’re a disgrace!” and “You’re a sickening racist!”

The word is that Councilman Barron had to sit in the audience and felt disrespected that he wasn’t originally seated at the front with the other officials. He was also upset that Mayor Bloomberg did …continue reading

Budget Cuts Cause Even Bigger Classrooms in NYC Schools

An average kindergarten class

While all class sizes rose this year, high school students and kindergartners are particularly feeling the increase in class size.

Supposedly, in 2008, the average size of an English class was 24.7 students, although most high schools have at least 30 students in each class. The average number is up to 26.4 this year, according to preliminary figures from the Department of Education. The number of students in high school science classes has also risen from 26.1 to 27.4.

There was also a spike in enrollment in kindergarten classes, by about 5 percent, which is contributing to the increase in class size. In …continue reading

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