MCNY’s Fast-Track Education Was Built on Historical Rails

May 16, 2012
By Samantha Saly

New Yorkers may recognize the Metropolitan College of New York name from advertisements in city subway cars alongside those for the college’s competition—for-profit institutions that prey on vulnerable populations. A non-profit, private college, MCNY’s mission is to provide a “purpose-centered education,” said MCNY President Vinton Thompson. “The correlation between lifetime earnings and the level of education people achieve is well-established. The differential in earning potential between people who have bachelors degrees and people who don’t has gotten larger, not smaller.”

Raglan George Jr., on EarlyLearn's Pitfalls

May 15, 2012

Raglan George Jr., Executive Director of DC 1707, spoke angrily on the steps of City Hall about how Mayor Bloomberg's EarlyLearn proposal will not only prevent children from receiving high-quality, low-cost childcare and education, but will also contribute to job losses among his members. George told LaborPress that the union is hoping that a federal judge grants the injunction it filed against the City to prevent the implementation of EarlyLearn, while it also works with the City Council to address EarlyLearn's funding shortfalls.

Click here to view LP's Interview with Raglan George Jr.

Union to Seek Injunction Against City's "Early Learn" Children's Program

April 30, 2012

Hearing May 2nd at 500 Pearl Street – 10:30AM
WHAT: District Council 1707 AFSCME, representing 25,000 subsidized day care, Head Start and other non-profit employees, will challenge New York City’s right to drastically re-structure the city’s long-standing child care network administered by the Administration for Children's Services. The union will seek an injunction to stay the City’s implementation of its EarlyLearn program. Named in the suit are NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Ronald Richter, Commissioner of the Administration for Children’s Services.

Campaign Protests Proposed Child Care Cuts

April 17, 2012
By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter
As the deadline for the City’s FY 2013 budget fast approaches, once again advocates for children services and union members who work in day care and Head Start centers stood on the steps of City Hall on Tuesday, April 17 calling on Mayor Bloomberg to not cut child care and after-school programs for 47,000 children.

Memo to College Presidents Regarding the Budget For CUNY

April 13, 2012
By Assistant Vice Chancellor Matthew Sapienza
Governor Cuomo and the leaders of the New York State Legislature have reached an agreement on the fiscal year 2012-13 operating and capital budgets.   I write to provide you with a summary of the agreement’s impact on The City University of New York.
On the operating side, for the senior colleges the enacted budget maintains the executive recommendation of $70.8 million in additional state aid and $66.6 million in increased tuition revenue.  It also includes $1.0 million for the CUNY LEADS program, which provides academic and career counseling as well as internship and job placement assistance to students with disabilities.

The Patience to Withstand

April 9, 2012
By Tam H. Phan, Director of Community Affair, LaborPress

Dedication to diplomacy—that is Carolyn Washington. She has been with AHRC for 33 years and has worked in Direct Care and Direct Support for that entire time. Her work requires the highest degree of patience and interpersonal skills. Every day she is tasked with helping folks who are mentally challenged learn life skills from tying their shoes to reading to typing. The work is challenging.

The Tenacious Pursuit of Education

April 3, 2012
By Tam H. Phan, Director of Community Affairs, LaborPress

Carolyn Cox always understood education was important. But as life went on around her, as it does for all of us, pursuing a degree can be difficult. But Carolyn knew that for her career to advance, obtaining an education was key. And with tenacity, she plunged right in. Carolyn now holds a Master’s of Science in Education. DC1707 was a big part of making that happen.

College Students Need Protection Too

March 27, 2012
By Tam H. Phan, Director of Community Affairs LaborPress
As Director of Community Affairs for LaborPress, I always have on top of mind our news and advocacy platform for unions and labor organizations. There is one in particular that hits very close to home—adequate funding for CUNY.
I am currently a CUNY graduate student studying Urban Policy and Administration at Brooklyn College and via The College Initiative, a non-profit organization who helps formerly incarcerated men and women reenter society, I also mentor a few men with criminal histories attending CUNY colleges to turn their lives around. I love my college experience as it informs my work, but having a full-time job while going to school is particularly challenging. This difficulty is exacerbated when tuition hikes are constantly looming on the horizon.

Opposition to CUNY'S New General Education Plan Intensifies

March 26, 2012
Around Town - By Neal Tepel

Professors at the City University of New York have demonstrated unprecedented opposition to CUNY’s controversial new general education plan, Pathways. More than 3,300 faculty and staff have signed an online petition calling for the repeal of Pathways; numerous elected faculty bodies have passed resolutions against it; and the union filed a lawsuit today to stop the initiative.

Lehman Should Stay and Bloomberg Should Go

March 26, 2012
By Mohammed Shamim

With the programs provided by Lehman High School and the diversity of the student body that have resulted from this school, it seems very clear that Lehman should stay and Mayor Bloomberg should go. Lehman High School's students and faculty, supported by Bronx community members, have made the argument of why Lehman should not undergo the process of 'turnaround'. The parents that were present at the joint public hearing on Wednesday, March 2012 spoke out saying the school has been a part of their children's lives as well as their own. Many of their children who attend Lehman argued that the school has been an influential part of their lives and the community's. Many alumni came forward to tell the Department of Education (DOE) what their own children have accomplished and how it all started in this very school.

Metropolitan College of New York Re-Opens its Doors in the Bronx

March 23, 2012
By John Bae, LaborPress Staff Writer
On Tuesday, March 13, 2012, with a warm welcome from the community and public officials such as Deputy Bronx Borough President Aurelia Greene, the Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) re-opened its doors in the Bronx after more than five years.  The Bronx Extension Center, located at 529 Courtlandt Avenue, will offer students living in surrounding areas a convenient campus where they can attend classes.

Students and Parents Protest School Closings

Schools Chancellor, Dennis WalcottFebruary 13, 2012
By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter
It wasn’t easy listening to the approximately 100 speakers who voiced their anger about school closings to the 13-member Panel for Educational Policy at Brooklyn Technical H.S. on Thursday, February 9 as their voices were drowned out in the cavernous auditorium by remnants of Occupy Wall Street.
Nonetheless, the anger was palpable as one speaker after another implored the panel, headed by Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, to not close the approximately 33 schools the panel was about to vote on.

The Politics of Teacher Evaluations

Rchard C. Iannuzzi, President, New York State United TeachersFebruary 1, 2012
By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter
Some politicians are claiming that unless the state finalizes its teacher evaluation system, it is at risk of losing $700 million in Federal Race to the Top money. The state’s teachers union worked hard to create a comprehensive and fair evaluation system. But Governor Andrew Cuomo demanded more reliance on standardized testing. The full implementation now hinges on when an appeals court makes a decision in favor of the union’s version or Cuomo’s.

The Legislature Must Address "Tax Reform"

Dr. Barbara Bowen, President, Professional Staff Congress/CUNYDecember 7, 2011
By Dr. Barbara Bowen, President, Professional Staff Congress/CUNY

The Legislature and the Governor have an opportunity to enact real, progressive tax reform and to spare millions of low and middle-income  New Yorkers from the continuing injustice that is built into the current State budget. For the sake of the 99% in New York—including thousands of CUNY students—they must not squander their chance. They must retain the “millionaires’ tax” or implement a new tax on the 1%.

Closing the Opportunity Gap

Metropolitan College of New York President Vinton ThompsonDecember 4, 2011
By Bendix Anderson

Everyone should have the chance to go to college — but many students don’t get the support they need to reach their full potential.

“We have come to tolerate a separate but unequal system of education,” said Dr. Robert Teranishi, Associate Professor of Higher Education at New York University. Teranishi was the keynote speaker at “Closing the Opportunity Gap, Preparing Chinese Students for College and Career,” a conference held at the Metropolitan College of New York (MCNY) December 2.

DC 37 and Local 372 File Lawsuit against DOE

Santos Crespo announces lawsuitNovember 18, 2011
By Marc Bussanich, LaborPress City Reporter
More than a month after 672 Local 372 school aides and parent coordinators were laid off from the Department of Education (DOE), Local 372 and DC 37’s leadership held a press conference on November 16 at DC 37’s offices to announce a lawsuit against DOE with the NY State Supreme Court in NY County. Meaghean Murphy, Assistant General Counsel for DC 37, said the lawsuit charges DOE’s decision to lay off the union members was “arbitrary and capricious”(which can be litigated via Article 78 of the NY Civil Practice Law and Rules), violated the State’s Education Law because it did not reduce the workforce equitably and was enacted in bad faith.


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