February, 2017




Townsend Harris students push for new principal

Members of the Townsend Harris High School community continued to criticize the interim principal installed at the school, with an online petition calling for her immediate removal. The news comes as the Queens borough president sent a letter to the head of the Department of Education bemoaning what she said was a lack of information on the process of selecting a permanent principal. Comment
Fresh Meadows

More seats coming to Francis Lewis High School

More than 500 new seats are soon to be constructed at Francis Lewis High School in order to alleviate intensive overcrowding, according to the city’s School Construction Authority. Comments (1)

Budget office examines free school lunch expansion cost

Amid calls to expand the free lunch program to all students in New York City’s public schools, an analysis by the city’s Independent Budget Office found the costs of expanding the program could be as much as $23 million, and changes to federal policy could endanger it further. Comments (3)

New York City high schools are not preparing graduates for college

What’s the value of a high school diploma when the recipient isn’t ready for college or a particular career? Comments (3)

High school grad rates increase in borough and city

High school graduation rates in Queens increased and dropout rates declined during the past school year, matching citywide trends, according to city statistics, but state authorities cited worsening trends for English Language Learners in the city. Comments (4)

Vaughn College ranked No. 1 in upward mobility for students

A Flushing-based aviation college topped the list of colleges across the country that help move students from poverty to prosperity. Comment

Sanders hosts STEAM forum in Rosedale

Speakers at a Rosedale forum Saturday hoped to spark the imaginations of students and parents in potential future careers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. State Sen. James Sanders (D-Far Rockaway), who hosted the meeting, said it was important for schools to prepare students for the burgeoning fields of the future. Comments (1)

Queens College veterans club renovated

Veterans at Queens College now have a new space to lounge on campus. Comments (4)
Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College loses EMT program but gains citizenship classes

A unique program at LaGuardia Community College may have come to an end last week with 30 graduates of SAVE-EMT received their diplomas at the Long Island City campus. Comments (1)

State has failed to provide equal education for students in SE Queens

As a parent of multiple children, you always want to make sure that you provide each of them with the same access and opportunity to be the best they can be. Comments (2)

January, 2017


Queens College tops list of colleges that move students to financial prosperity

Queens College and six other CUNY schools made the top 20 for colleges that help move students from poverty to prosperity, according to a recent study from the Equality of Opportunity Project. Comment

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DOE to restart Townsend Harris principal search

The search for a new permanent principal at Townsend Harris High School in Flushing will begin anew, the Department of Education and elected officials said. The news comes after the process was discontinued in the midst of student, PTA and teacher protests against what they alleged was intimidating conduct from Interim Principal Rosemarie Jahoda. Comment

Cuomo wants 3-year mayoral control extension

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 2018 budget for education includes a call for Mayor Bill de Blasio to retain mayoral control over New York City’s schools for the next three years. Comments (1)

De Blasio launches mentoring program to increase grad rates

Mayor Bill de Blasio launched the NYC Youth Initiative to expand opportunities for high school students to receive guidance across the city Jan. 12 and earned the approval of Queens elected officials. Comments (1)

Mayor touts increased AP exam participation in city

The city marked big increases in the rate of students taking Advanced Placement exams in 2016, while an even greater percentage of students saw boosts in their performance on the exams. Comments (1)

City announces college savings accounts for students

More than 3,000 kindergartners in a school district containing much of northwestern Queens will have $100 allocated to them into scholarship accounts this fall to help them start saving for a college education. Comments (1)

Learn debt free

Elitism in education has been a growing problem in the country as the cost of a college degree hit $60,000 a year at many top-rated institutions. The trickle-down effect was felt at the other end of the spectrum where tuitions rose at two-year community colleges and small four-year schools. Comment

Flushing-born Max Kupferberg dies at 97

Flushing born philanthropist Max Kupferberg has died at 97. Comments (3)

QCC gets $1.3M America’s Promise grant for tech students

Queensborough Community College received a $1.3 million America’s Promise grant from the U.S. Department of Labor through CUNY’s TechWorks to help students attain the portfolio items and credentials necessary to enter the workforce in the tech industry. Comment
Queens Village

Van Buren touts improved graduation, attendance

Martin Van Buren High School has seen dramatic improvements in its graduation and attendance rates since being classified as one of the 94 struggling schools in the city’s Renewal Program, elected officials and school administration announced Tuesday. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Cuomo announces free tuition for middle-class families at LaGuardia CC

A cheering crowd at LaGuardia Community College welcomed Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders to their Long Island City campus Tuesday where Cuomo announced his plan to give free college tuition to eligible New York students. The Excelsior Scholarship program would offer free tuition at SUNY and CUNY schools for students from nearly a million families making less than $125,000 a year. Comments (6)
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