AT&T giving $1.6 million for New York kids’ computing classes

Telecom giant AT&T will donate $1.6 million for New York City schools to fund computer coding classes and internships for about 1,200 students, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday. AT&T’s contribution to the Fund for Public Schools builds on the city’s recent efforts to promote software-engineering education in city schools. It will also support new enrichment programs, paid summer internships and other academic activities such as digital boot camps. Bloomberg said AT&T’s gift is the latest development in the city’s effort to remake public education to better prepare students for the global, digital economy of the future…

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Homeless high school grad returns to Brooklyn to help kids like himself get to college

Homeless high school grad Orayne Williams has returned to the city after his first year away at college–and he’s on a mission to help other street kids get an education, reports the NY Daily News. Williams, 19, was abandoned by his family and lived alone in city shelters, but managed to graduate with honors from Brooklyn’s Bedford Academy last year…

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Critics: Murdoch-affiliated Wireless Generation should lose $27 million contract from Education Dept.

The state Education Department should reconsider the $27 million no-bid contract it awarded a firm connected to Rupert Murdoch’s scandal-scarred News Corp. empire, critics charged yesterday, according to NY Daily News. The affiliate, Wireless Generation, already has access to sensitive data about city students. If the contract wins final approval under a state review process, the firm would have access to information on students from across New York as part of a project to track test scores and other data…

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