This Week’s Local News

NYPD Surveillance of Students Called ‘Disgusting’ (AP)
After the AP reported that the NYPD was spying on Muslim students at a dozen colleges in the Northeast, students at these schools are reacting negatively. Both Muslim and non-Muslim students are voicing concern and anger over the secret monitoring, according to the AP.


Manhattan Community Board 2 Rejects NYU 2031 Plan (
Manhattan Community Board 2 unnaminously voted to reject a plan for New York University’s 2031 expansion in Greenwich Village, reported. The plan includes the development of approximately 1.3 million square feet across West 3rd Street, West Houston Street, Mercer Street and LaGuardia Place.


Nine Schools Cited for Exam and Credit Irregularities (New York Times)
The New York City Department of Education will investigate nine high schools after officials found irregularities in exam scoring and the awarding of credits. According to the New York Times, hundreds of students were allowed to graduate, even though they didn’t meet requirements.


NYC School Aide Charged With Touching Students (Wall Street Journal)
An elementary school teacher’s aide was arrested Thursday on charges of first-degree sexual abuse, involving six female students, the Wall Street Journal reported. He is one of several New York City school employees arrested this month for sexually assaulting students.
Five Students Arrested a Day, Police Data Show (The New York Times)
New data released by the New York Police Department found that police and city safety agents arrested an average of five public school students a day last fall, the New York Times reported. The students were arrested for crimes ranging from disorderly conduct to bringing a weapon to school and assault.


East Village Could Lose Pre-K Seats Because of Overcrowding (DNAinfo)
Parents at two popular elementary schools in the East Village are objecting to a proposal to eliminate half their Pre-K classes, DNAinfo reported. The East Village Community School and the Children’s Workshop School may each loose one of its two pre-K sections beginning in the 2013 school year to relieve overcrowding.

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