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Bilingual Programs Pushing for Space in New York City

Foreign-language schools are fighting a constant battle on the terrain of New York City education. New York City’s schools are some of the most diverse in the nation, serving students from a myriad of backgrounds speaking dozens of native languages. There are over 140,000 English-Language Learners (ELL) students whose first language is not English and whose English has not been deemed proficient. Yet resources to serve this diverse body of students are stretched thin. Recently,[Read More…]

by September 24, 2014 0 comments Feature, Uncategorized, Up To The Minute

Should France Prepare for a Netflix Revolution?

To break a series of political scandals dominating newsrooms for the past few weeks, the French media have been recently focusing on the arrival of Netflix in France. Some have announced it like a digital Messiah and others with a mixture of fear and excitement. Netflix is now omnipresent on the American TV landscape and has partially revolutionized what broadcast has always meant. While traditional channels still maintain their strict schedules, Netflix has made these[Read More…]

What the Cabinet Shake-Up Reveals about the Flaws of the Fifth Republic

On Monday, August 25, the cabinet of Prime Minister Manuel Valls was dismissed and a new cabinet was formed the following day. Valls has been Prime Minister for less than six months. The cabinet dismissal occurred in reaction to the public opposition of Economy Minister Arnaud Montebourg and other ministers to the economic policies of President François Hollande. Although the cabinet dismissal was necessary in the short-term, the positive effects of a new cabinet are questionable,[Read More…]

The War of the Roses: Cabinet Shake Up Reflects Dissension Amid Socialists

“Should we now apologize for being on the left?” asked now former Minister of Culture Aurélie Filippetti. Those words could aptly describe the political earthquake that shook the French government on Tuesday, when French Prime Minister Manuel Valls proclaimed a new list of cabinet ministers. Valls was designated PM just six months ago following the socialist defeat in municipal elections in May. This decision came following controversy Monday, when Minister of Economy and Productive Recovery Arnaud[Read More…]

Les Tondues: Remembering a Dark Chapter in French Liberation

The Liberation of France is usually associated with joy, relief, and celebration. Allied Forces stormed the beaches of Normandy in June of 1944 and had liberated Paris by August (70 years ago this month). Nazi German forces surrendered unconditionally in May of 1945, and the French people were free once again. Yet, the Liberation was also the scene of an obscure and grim chapter in French history. Between 1943 and the beginning of 1946, at[Read More…]

by August 25, 2014 0 comments Domestic, Feature, Up To The Minute