February, 2016


PA files lawsuit against Dept. of Education

The Public Advocate’s office filed a lawsuit against the city Department of Education earlier this week, claiming the agency has failed to meet the needs of its students with disabilities, which has resulted in a loss in Medicaid revenue for the city. Comments (2).

Schools compete in Lego robotics bout

More than 30 schools across the borough competed Sunday in the First Lego League, a competition at George Ryan Junior High School in Flushing, to qualify for the annual NYC Regional First robotics contest in March. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

PS 203 kids celebrate the Lunar New Year

The Lunar New Year is celebrated by most eastern Asian cultures, so in Queens — where over 130 countries from around the world are represented — some schools have made it part of their curriculum. Comments (2).

January, 2016


Queens College to participate in solar power initiative

Queens College will be housing a solar storage system as part of a new three-year collaboration with the Electric Power Research Institute and the New York Power Authority. Comment.

Construction of new elementary school moving forward in Bayside

The city School Construction Authority will soon have construction of a new 416-seat elementary school underway in Bayside, about 2 1/2 years after it purchased the former Keil Brothers Nursery with City Council approval. Comments (1).

Report estimates cost of free tuition at community colleges

The Independent Budget Office has put together a report estimating the cost of implementing free tuition in the City University of New York’s community colleges at the behest of Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. Comments (2).
Kew Gardens

Language access expands in schools

With at least 135 languages spoken in Queens, according to the borough president’s website, the city Department of Education last week announced an expansion of language-access services across the city. Comments (1).

Boys Club teaches swimming as a life skill

There are over 1,800 public schools serving about 1.1 million students in the city, and only a handful of them have swimming pools—meaning most city kids do not get water safety education. Comment.
Fresh Meadows

Lancman recognized for supporting arts at PS 255

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) received a plaque for his commitment to arts education last week at PS 255 in Fresh Meadows, where he highlighted significant improvements in arts education. Comment.

Sloan award goes to boro science teacher

A Bellerose teacher at the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College said she would not have been named one of the seven to receive a Sloan Awards For Excellence in Teaching Science and Mathematics without with support of her colleagues. Comment.

Executive budget falls short for mayor’s summer program: report

In a review of the current fiscal year city budget, the Independent Budget Office found that the city has not come up with enough funding for the 2016 summer session of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s School’s Out New York City initiative. Comments (2).

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