December, 2015


Community applauds scrapping of plan for high school at Linden Place

Community leaders and elected officials applauded the city’s decision to scrap plans for a high school inside its building at 30-48 Linden Place, while the city Department of Education said it is considering putting programs for high school students at the site. Comment
Middle Village

Christ the King inks new faculty contract

Teachers at Christ the King Regional High School are set to receive a raise over the next three years as part of a freshly signed contract agreement reached between the faculty union and the Middle Village school. The raise marks the second pay increase for faculty since 2014. Comment
Oakland Gardens

Oakland Gardens kids dance ‘The Nutcracker’

Students at the Carl Ullman School, PS 213 in Oakland Gardens performed a condensed version of the traditional holiday theatrical ballet, “the Nutcracker” last week—just in time for the holidays. Comment

DOE scraps plans for high school on Linden Place in Flushing

City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña has decided the city Department of Education will no longer be placing a high school inside its building at 30-48 Linden Place after significant community opposition to the proposal, elected officials and community leaders said Friday. Comment

Queens kids head to North Pole on Delta flight

More than a hundred children from PS 29 and the Flushing YMCA boarded a Delta Air Lines plane at Kennedy International Airport Tuesday morning along with Santa’s elves, heading to the North Pole to visit the jolly man in a red suit. Comments (2)

Council passes private school security bill

The City Council passed a bill Monday that would establish a program to reimburse private schools for costs for security guards—allowing Catholic schools, yeshivas and other private schools to provide strong security for their students. Comments (5)
Fresh Meadows

Bratton: Threat against city schools is ‘not credible’

Police Commissioner William Bratton said Tuesday the NYPD had evaluated a threat against the city’s schools as not credible and classes would continue as usual. Comment
Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College to replace and expand veterans center

LaGuardia Community College has received a $20,000 grant from the New York State Industries for the Disabled, Inc. to establish a Battle Buddy Center for student veterans. The new center will replace and expand the Veterans Services Center that has been at the Long Island City college since shortly after it opened in 1971. Comment

SING! music competition expanded to five Queens schools

The city’s SING! music program, a public high school tradition where students write, cast, rehearse, perform and compete in original musicals, will be expanded to 10 new schools—five of which are in Queens. Comment

November, 2015


Mounting opposition leads to withdrawal of high school proposal

The School Construction Authority has officially withdrawn its plan to build a new high school in Bayside. Comments (1)

SCA scraps plan to build a new high school in Bayside

The city School Construction Authority has announced it would rescind its contract to purchase the Bayside Jewish Center along with its plans to build a 739-seat high school on the site, ending a controversy over which has been growing for months. Comments (7)
Long Island City

Cornell Tech gives tour of campus to open in 2017

The developers of the upcoming Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island offered a sneak preview of the project late Tuesday morning. Comment

Six-day library services starts this weekend

After a years-long battle to restore public funds to Queens Library, libraries across the borough will officially begin six-day service Saturday. Comment
Long Island City

Jill Biden visits LaGuardia Community College and talks of free tuition

Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, spoke to hundreds of current and prospective students at LaGuardia Community College last week, promoting President Obama’s “America’s College Promise” proposal to make the first two years of community college free for qualifying students. Comments (1)
Jamaica Hills

YMCA takes on homeless youth

One year ago, city data could have counted 14-year-old Jordan as part of the growing population of homeless public school students, which was estimated to be 84,000 by a report from the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness. Comments (1)

Bayside-based music program gearing up for winter

MM Rock Camp, the Bayside-based music education and performance program led by guitarist and jazz musician Michelle (Marie) Nestor, is calling for winter registrations. Comment

Nolan on Grover Cleveland: ‘It is not a failing school’

Speaking at the Ridgewood Legislative Forum last Friday, state Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Ridgewood) called the decision by the city Department of Education to designate Grover Cleveland HS in Ridgewood as a struggling school “very unfair.” Comments (1)

A road map for raising the quality of New York schools

To improve our city schools, we should do the following. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Mayor de Blasio to hold town hall on education in Jackson Heights Thursday

Mayor Bill de Blasio will hold a town hall meeting on education Thursday at PS 69 in Jackson Heights. Department of Education Chancellor Carmen Farina, several DOE officials and City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights), the chairman of the Council’s Education Committee, are expected to attend. Comments (1)

City Council passes physical education bill

The City Council has unanimously passed legislation introduced by Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Glendale) to further ensure that city children receive state-mandated physical education. Comment

Another Bayside school is a bad solution

The Auburndale Improvement Association’s boundaries overlap with the Northwest Bayside Civic Association in the area where the proposed new high school is located, on the site of the Bayside Jewish Center. We support the civic and the surrounding community near the site in opposing the construction of this proposed high school. Comments (6)

Vallone said he would oppose proposed high school following CB vote

Community Board 11 voted 31-1 against the School Construction Authority’s proposal to build a new high school on 32nd Avenue in Bayside Monday, going along with strong community opposition to the $114 million project. Comments (3)

October, 2015


DOE gives incoming high schoolers admissions tips

The city Department of Education presented tips to parents and students for high school admissions at the Queens borough president’s Parent Advisory Board last week. Comment

CB11 education committee disapproves of proposed high school

Members of Community Board 11 who attended Tuesday’s Education Committee meeting unanimously shot down a motion to recommend approving the city School Construction Authority’s proposal to build a new 739-seat high school in Bayside. Comments (2)

Woodside and Sunnyside group rallies for new middle school

Nearly 100 concerned parents and children rallied on 48th Street in Woodside Sunday to bring the area’s overcrowded school problem to the community’s attention and ask the city Department of Education to do something about it. Comment

Farina holds town hall in Hollis

More than 250 parents, teachers, students and principals gathered Tuesday night for a town hall meeting at IS 238 Susan B. Anthony Academy at 182nd Street and Hillside Avenue with City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña to discuss progress being made in the education system across the city. Comments (1)

Marie Curie Middle School secures grant to upgrade its music room

Despite its award-winning band program, Marie Curie Middle School is teaching music education out of a small, old space. Comment

Bayside skeptical about high school plan

The School Construction Authority is under contract to purchase the Bayside Jewish Center, 203-05 32nd Ave. Comment

Really? Can ‘Recess Consultants’ be a good thing?

This week, Lenore admits that sometimes adults can interfere with kids in a good way. Comments (1)

Meeting for new high school stymied by community unrest

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) and state Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside) wrote a letter to the head of the School Construction Authority Tuesday, asking that the agency rescind its contract with the Bayside Jewish Center, citing the many problems building a school at the location may pose. Comments (5)

Nonprofit program tackles literacy among Queens youth

Reading and writing proficiency is something educators are always talking about to see where their students can improve. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

St. John’s University dean honored by Catholic association

The National Catholic Educational Association honored St. John’s University’s Dr. Mary Jane Krebbs, chairwoman of the Institute for Catholic Schools, with its President’s Award at the 25th annual NCEA Seton Awards Gala Monday. Comment

Public review begins for proposed high school in Bayside

A visit by Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) to Community Board 11’s monthly meeting Monday sparked a heated discussion among board members about an ongoing proposal for a new high school in Bayside. Comments (4)

Queensborough selected for NASA grant program

Queensborough Community College has been selected to receive a $750,000 research grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration to administer student training and expand course offerings in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. or STEM. Comment

Flushing elementary school receives Blue Ribbon distinction

The U.S. Department of Education designated PS 244, The Active Learning Elementary School, as a Blue Ribbon School Tuesday morning. Comment
Little Neck

David Porter School to get playground extension

The David Porter School, PS 94Q in Little Neck, will soon be getting a much-anticipated addition to its playground after state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) allocated about $300,000 in state funding for the project. Comment

Sale of Jewish Center raises questions, but school planning commences

The state attorney general’s office has found that required regulations were not followed in the sale of the Bayside Jewish Center to the city early last month. Comments (5)

Grover Cleveland HS will remain open: DOE

The city Department of Education said it was committed to keeping Grover Cleveland HS in Ridgewood open at a public hearing last weekend. Comment

September, 2015


New pre-K site opens at Ravenswood

A new universal pre-K site is now open at the Queens Library in Ravenswood in Astoria after a last-minute reprieve from the borough president. Comment

Universal pre-K enrolls fewer low-income families in second year: Report

A professor at the University of California at Berkeley has asserted Mayor Bill de Blasio’s full-day pre-Kindergarten expansion has not successfully enrolled low-income children in the second year of the expansion. Comments (1)

Dromm emerges as ally in fight for secular education in city Yeshivas

In recent weeks, City Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) has emerged as one of the few public officials pushing the DOE to fully investigate allegations that 38 yeshivas in Brooklyn and one in Queens may be breaking the law by neglecting secular studies. Comment
Long Island City

Long Island City school probed for alleged sex affair in latest scandal

At a Long Island City high school, a staffer’s alleged affair with a student is just the latest in a series of problems. Comments (1)

De Blasio wants all city students to have computer science

Mayor Bill de Blasio, who has been working to improve the city’s education system, delivered an “equity and excellence” speech at a Bronx school Wednesday, in which he announced at least two major efforts. Comments (2)
Jamaica Hills

Boro gets least funding per student: Report

As New York public schools open their doors to students, funding per student in Queens remains tight, much like the borough’s crowded school buildings, according to a report released Tuesday by the city’s Independent Budget Office. Comments (3)

Bayside Jewish Center signs deal to become high school

Community Board 11 expressed disappointment Tuesday over not being immediately informed of a contract that the Bayside Jewish Center signed with the School Construction Authority to build a high school on its property. Comments (11)
Kew Gardens Hills

Queens College makes top five in college ranking list

Queens College is once again ranked among the top five schools in Washington Monthly’s “2015 Best Bang for the Buck” listing of colleges in the Northeast. Comment

NE Queens schools outperform borough and city on state tests

City Department of Education District 26 Superintendent Danielle Giunta went over some progress made last year as the overall highest performing district in the city, proposing to build upon that success starting a new year. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Trailers coming to PS 144

PS 144 in Forest Hills will be using trailers for additional teaching space for its pre-K center this coming academic year. One trailer will accommodate two pre-K sections totaling 56 seats, according to Jason Fink, spokesman at the Department of Education. Comments (1)

Crowley visits debate tournament in Maspeth

City Council member Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) visited students at Maspeth High School just before the final tournament of the two-week Queens Debate Institute summer camp. Comment

Pace law school accepts student rejected by St. John’s

After the St. John’s University School of Law rescinded the application of a student who did not disclose an arrest for a drug sale despite his record being expunged, the student received a spot at the Pace University School of Law. Comment

August, 2015


School expansions coming to Queens

More than 50 percent of needed school seats for School District 24, which covers the neighborhoods of Corona, Ridgewood, Lefrak City, Elmhurst, Maspeth, Woodside and Middle Village, remain unfunded, according to the 2015-2019 School Construction Authority capital plan. Comments (11)

Queens’ pre-K seats rise to 23,000 from 14,000

The city’s universal pre-K, or pre-Kindergarten, officially starts Wednesday, Sept. 9, and the mayor’s office said Wednesday it has officially met its goal of enrolling at least 70,000 families in full-day programs. Comments (5)

DOE to investigate subpar education in city yeshivas

Young Advocates for Fair Education, or Yaffed, a Brooklyn-based advocacy organization, has caused a stir in New York’s Orthodox Jewish community after releasing a letter saying the secular education in 39 yeshivas in Brooklyn and Queens was substandard, and in some cases, likely illegal. Comments (8)

Queens students outperform city on state tests

The state Education Department released results of spring standardized tests for grades three through eight last week, revealing that Queens students had achieved some of the highest performance levels in both the city and state. Comments (1)

No new high school for Bayside

The School Construction Authority is proposing to construct a new high school on the site of the Bayside Jewish Center on 32nd Avenue and 203rd Street. This has raised concerns among local residents who feel the site is inappropriate because of limited space and parking and traffic concerns. Comments (3)
Long Island City

State labels LIC elementary school persistently dangerous for second year

PS 111 in Long Island City, where a group of teenagers tried turning a tutoring session into a fight club for first-graders in March, was the only Queens school placed on the state Education Department’s 2015-16 list of persistently dangerous schools. Comments (1)

Gillibrand, city pols rally for better school nutrition

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), along with a number of other city officials, participated in a rally Monday in support of the reauthorization and expansion of a host of school nutritional programs at IS 5 in Elmhurst. Comments (4)

Funding disparity growing between public, charter schools: IBO

Students attending charter schools in the city are receiving much less public support compared to their counterparts in public city schools operated by the city Department of Education, a recent study found. Comments (1)

Former Astoria school will become new Pre-k center

The city Department of Education will be opening a new pre-K program at the former Most Precious Blood building on 32-52 37th St. The school was shuttered by the DOE in June due to declining enrollment and what the school claimed was over $5.5 million in needed repairs. Comment
Long Island City

Farina announces reforms in wake of grade-fixing allegations at Bryant HS

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is implementing tough reforms that will hold schools accountable and ensure compliance with academic rules just days after a blockbuster report in the New York Post said a former student at Bryant High School in Long Island City claimed she was graduated with failing grades. Department of Education officials say the aggressive new approach comes after years of “sporadic allegations regarding academic integrity.” Comments (3)

Queens College gets federal grant for disability services project

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) announced a $1.1 million, five-year federal grant for Queens College to continue a disability services initiative that seeks to help low-income students with disabilities. Comment

July, 2015


Flushing HS put students in online courses to meet graduation rate 

Flushing High School allegedly enrolled 150 students in online courses to meet its 60 percent graduation rate goal, according to a published report. Comments (5)

Boys Club in Flushing addresses summer decline in youth literacy

The Boys Club of New York, 133-01 41st Road in Flushing, is spending the summer working with children who have been struggling with reading, fighting what many educators call the “summer slide.” Comments (5)
Kew Gardens

Five Queens campuses get $5million

City University of New York colleges across the borough will receive an estimated $5 million this fiscal year from the borough president’s discretionary funds to support capital projects at CUNY campuses. Comment

New policies lead to drop in public summer school enrollment

The number of students recommended by their teachers and administrators for summer school in city public schools dropped to 6.2 percent of the total enrollment, leading to the lowest number of summer school students in at least five years. Comments (4)

Pols, community leaders oppose plan for high school on Linden Place

Elected officials and civic leaders say they are against an SCA proposal to build a high school on Linden Place in Flushing in an area they say has many facilities and traffic problems. Comments (8)

Boro schools get tech upgrades from city budget

More than $5 million of Borough President Melinda Katz’s discretionary capital funds for the 2016 fiscal year will be distributed to public elementary and middle schools for Smart Boards, laptop computers and other tech devices across the borough, her office announced. Comment

State fully funds backlog of requirements for private schools

The state Legislature passed a last-minute, end-of-session agreement to allocate $250 million to fund the costs of state mandates at secular, religious and independent schools throughout the state. Comment

Going to bat for a wonderful school

I have lived in this neighborhood in Bayside over 50 years, and my two sons went to 205Q when they were children. It was a wonderful school at that time and I understand it still is now. Comment

Woodhaven library graduates its first pre-K class

Woodhaven’s library saluted the youngsters who graduated from its first pre-K class last week. Comments (1)

Hindus continues push for Diwali school holiday

The Hindu community is planning to continue its efforts to get Diwali, the festival of lights, recognized as a school holiday by the city, despite feeling ignored after the recent recognitions of Muslim and southeast Asian holidays. Comments (2)

Celebrating a new school holiday

Denoting Lunar New Year as a public school holiday was a welcome and wonderful decision by Mayor de Blasio, and sends a message of inclusivity in a city that has historically attracted and embraced cultures from across the globe. Comments (1)

June, 2015


Schools chancellor addresses PS 120 carnival incident in Flushing

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña had some harsh words at a roundtable discussion last week for former PS 120 Principal Joan Monroe, who was reassigned after she banned students who did not pay a required fee to attend a Flushing school carnival. Comment

Petition opposing new high school grows to 3,200 signatures

A petition has been circulating in protest of the city School Construction Authority’s purchase of the Bayside Jewish Center for a future high school site, and now with over 3,200 signatures, it is a clear indicator of some strong opposition to the project. Comments (3)

Lunar New Year to become a school holiday

After the decision to place two Muslim holidays on the school calendar renewed the push for a Lunar New Year holiday, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced Lunar New Year would become an official school holiday starting next February. Comment

Lunar New Year to become official school holiday

Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced Lunar New Year would become an official school holiday starting next February at a news conference at PS 20 in Flushing Tuesday morning. Comments (11)

Schools chancellor addresses PS120 carnival incident in Flushing

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña had some harsh words at a roundtable discussion Friday morning for former PS 120 Principal Joan Monroe, who was reassigned after she banned students who did not pay a required fee to attend a Flushing school carnival. Comments (1)

Pol to host carnival for children in Flushing as PS 120 principal is reassigned

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and the Chinese-American Planning Council announced a carnival would be held for children in Flushing this summer, just as the principal of PS 120 was reassigned after banning students who were unable to pay an admission fee to an earlier school carnival. Comments (4)
Long Island City

De Blasio and Bloomberg bond briefly over Cornell Tech Center

Mayor Bill de Blasio and former Mayor Michael Bloomberg made a rare joint appearance at Tuesday’s ground-breaking ceremony for Cornell University’s technology campus expansion on Roosevelt Island. The two chatted amicably and traded compliments during their speeches, their differences overshadowed by Cornell Tech’s arrival that will mean so much to the city’s economy. Comment
No Holds Barred

Our ancestors all managed to learn English

Increasingly, studies indicate that the United States is very far from being the best educated country in the world. This blog will get to that, but perhaps a few “diversions” will help in the final comments. It’s a long haul, I’m afraid, but I hope you hang in there. Comments (6)

York Foundation raised over $250K

CUNY York College announced June 4 that its annual Foundation Merit Scholarship Benefit Dinner raised more than $250,000 for York College student scholarships, Comment
Little Neck

Braunstein announces Mother’s Day writing contest winners

The winners of Assemblyman Edward Braunstein’s (D-Bayside) annual Mother’s Day Essay and Poetry Contest were announced last week, awarding second- through fifth-grade students with a certificate of merit from the state Assembly. Comments (4)

Most Queens residents get top pre-K choices

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Monday that every one of the nearly 70,000 applicants in the first round of the city’s full-day pre-kindergarten application period would receive an offer letter for a fall seat by the end of the week, and most in Queens would get into one of the schools of their choice. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills’ PS196 raises money for St. Jude’s

The Grand Central Parkway School, PS196Q, in Forest Hills is trying to get its name changed to “The School With a Heart.” Judging by the amount of money the public elementary school raised for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital this past spring, the name change is a suitable fit. Comment
Long Island City

City schools to get door alarms

The city’s Department of Education is currently installing alarms on about 50 school doors a week with the goal of having 21,000 armed in more than 1,200 of its buildings by the end of the calendar year. Comments (2)
Forest Hills

BP Melinda Katz visits two overcrowded Forest Hills elementary schools

Borough President Melinda Katz visited two overcrowded elementary schools in Forest Hills Monday in an attempt to mediate a problem with kindergarten and pre-K space. Comment

York College holds 45th commencement

Thousands of family, friends and faculty members celebrated CUNY York College’s 45th commencement with over 1,000 graduates May 29 at the York College Performing Arts Center in downtown Jamaica. Comment

Queensborough holds 54th graduation ceremony

Queensborough Community College in Bayside conferred degrees to 2,300 students of many ages and hailing from a wide variety of countries last week. Comments (2)
Rego Park

Queens Library officials make big push for overdue upgrades

Queens Library has unveiled two new mobile libraries at a time when the borough’s public library network is pushing the city to increase funding for programs and branches that are underfunded, according to Bridget Quinn-Carey, the library’s interim president and coordinator. Comment
Little Neck

PS 94Q celebrates school’s centennial

David Porter Elementary School in Little Neck is commemorating 100 years, which culminated last Friday with a celebration. Comment

Assemblyman Kim, Chinese group to host carnival for kids in Flushing this summer

State Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and the Chinese-American Planning Council will host a carnival in the Flushing/Northeast region this summer for all children in the neighborhood after some students at PS 120 were banned from a school carnival last week for not paying the required fee. Comment
Kew Gardens Hills

Queens College holds graduation ceremony

More than 2,500 graduates, including working parents and first-generation college students, graduated from Queens College in Kew Gardens Hills during its commencement ceremony last week. Comment

New batch of high schoolers selected for Vallone’s ambassador program

City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) last week introduced a new group of high school students who will work with his office for his Educational Ambassador Program over the course of the next year. Comment

May, 2015


PS 120 students banned from carnival for not paying fee

A carnival company is planning to host a free carnival for about 100 students at PS 120 in Flushing who were banned from participating in a school yard carnival last week because their parents did not pay the required fee. Comments (14)

Three Queensborough grads to continue degrees on Cooke scholarships

Three Queensborough Community College students who are set to graduate Friday plan to continue on to complete their baccalaureate degrees in the fall after being awarded Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships. Comments (1)

PS 98 students learn poetry at special author visit

The Douglaston School of Literature, PS 98Q, had a special visit last week from Dr. Lindamichelle Baron, who worked with children in a series of workshops to help them express themselves through poetry. Comment
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s University holds its 145th commencement

Family, friends and faculty members gathered on the great lawn at St. John’s Sunday to salute 2,200 students Sunday at the university’s 145th graduation ceremony. Comment

Plans for new high school roll on, despite faction of opposition

Neighborhood residents and civic leaders turned out to the Bayside Jewish Center last week to protest the School Construction Authority’s plan to purchase the property for a new high school in northeast Queens. Comments (4)

Bayside residents rally against newly proposed high school

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is introducing legislation to reform the site selection process for new schools in city school districts. Comments (19)

Lancman, religious leaders ask for more security in non-public schools

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest), along with Queens Muslim, Jewish and Christian school leaders, are renewing calls for the city to provide more security in non-public schools. Comments (2)

Plan to turn Bayside Jewish Center into new high school rolls on

The city School Construction Authority plans to purchase the Bayside Jewish Center to build a new high school and relieve significant overcrowding in District 26 schools. Comments (4)

Colleges in Queens head into graduation season

St. John’s University’s Queens commencement ceremony is scheduled to take place Sunday, May 17, at 10 a.m. on the Great Lawn of the Queens campus at 8000 Utopia Parkway in Jamaica Estates. Students who attend the Manhattan and Oakdale campuses will also participate in this ceremony. This year’s commencement speaker is Rev. David O’Connell, bishop of Trenton, N.J. Comment

Queens has 3 of top 10 New York high schools: Report

Three of the top ten highest-ranked high schools in New York state are in Queens, according to the annual U.S. News and World Report listing released Tuesday. Nine of those ten schools were in the five boroughs, with Queens and Manhattan home to most of them. Comment
Kew Gardens

After-school programs to close in low-performing districts

Queens parents, children and teachers joined elected officials last weeks on the steps of Queens Borough Hall to respond to a $5.9 million cut in funding that will result in the closing of four after-school programs in the borough. Comments (1)

New high school planned for Bayside Jewish Center site

The School Construction Authority is in the final stages of buying the Bayside Jewish Center to build a new high school at 203-5 32nd Ave., City Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) announced. Comments (2)

City to shutter Malcolm X Early Childhood Educational Center

The oldest day-care and pre-K center in Corona is being forced to close in July, leaving 120 families searching for options. Comments (3)

Low-performing schools to get boost in city budget

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced early this week he has allocated an additional $33.6 million in his FY2016 executive budget to raise the operating budgets of 130 of the city’s lowest-performing schools. Comments (2)

Senate denies city DOE the ability to set Specialized HS criteria

The state Senate shot down a bill last week that would have given the city Department of Education the ability to set admission criteria for its nine designated specialized high schools, like Queens High School for the Sciences at CUNY York College. Comments (3)
Long Island City

PS/IS 78 students guaranteed seats for at least one more year

School District 30 Superintendent Philip Composto called a community engagement meeting Monday to discuss the future of PS/IS 78Q, the Robert Wagner School, in response to parent and teacher outcry over a long list of wait-listed children for next year’s enrollment. Comment

First round of pre-K applications ends

The first pre-kindergarten admission period was concluded last week, and the city received 20,670 applications from Queens, where the majority of new seats will be required. Comments (3)

April, 2015


York College’s new media policy upsets faculty

CUNY’s York College recently sent out a memorandum to faculty members about a new media policy leaving professors outraged at the policy . Comment

Testing ‘opt out’ gains momentum in Queens schools

Though the “opt out” movement has had unprecedented support statewide this year, very few parents in city schools refused state standardized testing for their children in the last few weeks. The movement drew even lower support in Queens, but preliminary estimates in the borough may not be accurate. Comment

Flushing schools doing well with Common Core standards

Students in School District 25 have been faring well since the new Common Core Learning standards launched, according to the district’s superintendent. Comments (1)

Opt out movement sees low numbers in Queens

City schools administered state Common Core standardized math tests this week to children enrolled in grades three through eight, just as the numbers of students whose families decided to “opt out” of the previous week’s English Language Arts tests were coming in. Comments (3)

Braunstein brings back Mother’s Day contest

State Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) is returning with his annual Mother’s Day essay and poetry contest for elementary school students this year. Comments (3)

Peralta calls for permanent addition to PS 143 in Corona

More than a hundred parents of students at PS 143 in Corona joined state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) to call on authorities to do something about the chronic overcrowding at the school. Originally designed to accommodate 900 students, the elementary school has nearly double that enrollment with closed to 1,800 students. Comments (2)
Jamaica Estates

Former St. John’s law student told to leave program

The Court of Appeals has upheld St. John’s University School of Law’s decision to invalidate the application of a student who did not disclose an arrest for a drug sale even though his record was expunged. Comment
Jackson Heights

Hindu community wants holidays on school calendar

The Hindu community is putting pressure on the city to recognize three Hindu holidays on the public school calendar. Comments (6)
Long Island City

LIC Robotigers look for funding of national competition

The Robotigers Team 1796 from Queens Vocational and Technical High School in Long Island City, which won the regional First Robotics Competition, is trying to raise funding to travel to the national robotics competition in St. Louis. Comment

Queens public schools to house new pre-k programs

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s call for universal, full-day pre-kindergarten demands 17,000 new seats citywide by fall, which is causing some head butting with Queens communities, where the greatest portion of new seats is needed. Comments (1)

Farina, Lancman announced $3.2m STEM initiative

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced a new, $3.2 million initiative that will enhance science, engineering, technology and math instruction. Comment

March, 2015

Richmond Hill

Mayor announced new funds for schools at Richmond Hill HS

Mayor Bill de Blasio met with students and faculty members at Richmond Hill High School as part of his Renewal Schools program tour across the city last week. Comments (1)
Bayside Hills

Young Baysider wins spelling bee

Srinath Mahankali of Bayside Hills has won the top spot in his division at the New York Daily News Spelling Bee, outspelling about 70 of the best and brightest fifth through eight-graders in the city Comment
Richmond Hill

Mayor’s renewal school program heads to the war room

During Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tour of underperforming schools enrolled in the Renewal Schools program launched last year, he announced one of the methods to measure improvements would be Compstat, the NYPD crime-tracking tool, at Richmond Hill High School. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Goldman Sachs giifts $2 million to LaGuardia Community College

LaGuardia Community College Foundation will receive the largest donation in the school’s history with a $2 million dollar gift from Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs. The global investment banking firm, with revenue in excess of $40 billion, will direct the funds to help students stay in college and graduate. Comments (1)

Govt secrets panel comes to York

A panel of senior journalists and experts on the digital age of media in a post-Snowden world gave insight to students on their rights as journalists and as citizens in a surveillance state at CUNY’s York College last week. Comments (1)

State legislature won’t include education policy in budget negotiations

Budget negotiations are cooling down as the state budget deadline approaches and compromise is being made. But several legislators, parents, educational advocacy groups and city leaders are still heated over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed education reforms. Comment
Oakland Gardens

PS 213 students celebrate culture, diversity

For the 11th year, PS 213 in Bayside brought together parents, teachers and students last week for a celebration in diversity and global culture. Comments (3)

City hopes to enroll 70,000 students in pre-K by fall

Monday was opening day for pre-kindergarten applications, which drew more than triple the number of applications received from the first day last year. Comments (2)
Long Island City

Queens H.S. heads to national robotics competition

The RoboTigers, the robotics team from Queens Vocational and Technical High School in Long Island City, won the regional games in the Annual First Robotics Competition at Jacob Javits Center Sunday and will continue into the championships in St. Louis. Comment
Long Island City

Coalition for Queens announces new funding to teach tech skills

Coalition for Queens is getting some major funding from leading technology, philanthropic and public supporters. The non-profit, based in Long Island City’s Falchi Building, fosters the Queens Tech ecosystem to increase economic opportunity and transform the borough into a leading hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. Comment

Queens borough president calls for CEC member applications

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz is looking to appoint two members to each of the borough’s seven Community Education Councils, to serve from July 2015 through June 2017. Comment
Jackson Heights

Garden School’s debate team has surprising showing

The Garden School in Jackson Heights has boasted of their academic excellence since 1923. Now their debate team has given the independent middle school something else to be proud of. Comment

Donovan gives tech grant to four schools in SE Queens

Four public schools from School District 31 gathered together to receive $503,000 from a technology grant arranged through Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) last week at PS 270 in Laurelton. Comment

Judith Chin selected to become regent for Queens

Judith Chin, of Little Neck, will join the Queens Judicial District 11 in April as the first Asian American selected to serve on the state Board of Regents in its over 230-year history. Comments (1)

Pols, leaders want official Lunar New Year school holiday

Lawmakers and cultural groups have expressed their disappointment over the absence of a Lunar New Year holiday on next year’s calendar after Mayor Bill de Blasio recognized two Eid holidays. Comments (6)

Dromm urges Albany to give $2.6B to city schools

The Community Education Council for District 28 hosted a legislative networking event last Friday where principals, parents, school superintendents, and elected leaders met in Jamaica to present resources and address the state education budget. Comments (1)

Broken windows has parallel in phys ed

Law-enforcement’s popular “Broken Windows” theory holds that permissiveness of small quality-of-life infractions invites larger breaches of the peace, including violent criminality. Seen this way, there is no such thing as a minor violation. Comment
Kew Gardens

Schools Chancellor encourages parents to run for Education Council seats

New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is encouraging parents across the city to make a direct impact on their child’s education by running for an Education Council seat. Parents interested in becoming members of a Community or Citywide Education Council can apply online at NYCParentLeaders.org until March 11. Comment

Officials announce tech program for colleges

State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) and Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) announced legislation to create the Community College High-Technology Investment Program for community colleges at Queensborough Monday afternoon. Comment

February, 2015


Flushing resident seeks inclusive black history in public schools

A longtime Flushing resident is pushing for a more comprehensive African-American history curriculum in Flushing’s public schools. Comments (1)
St. Albans

St. Albans teacher accused of beating special ed student

An alarming audio recording allegedly of the teacher accused of beating a special ed student in January at PS 118 in St. Albans was released Tuesday by the Cochran law firm and Paul B. Weitz & Associates, which are suing the city on behalf of the child. Comment

Queens College ranks among best schools for value

Queens College and its students have recently been recognized by various publications and programs for its affordability and quality education. Comment
Little Neck

MS 67 students to represent NYS in Future City nationals

Eighth-graders at MS 67 in Little Neck are scheduled to compete at the National Finals for the National Engineers Week Future City Competition in Washington Saturday. Comments (8)

Trailers to be removed for an addition to PS 19 in Corona

Relief is on the way for PS 19 in Corona, the largest elementary school in New York City. Decades-old rusty temporary trailers will be removed and a new addition constructed to help solve one of the worst overcrowding situations in the borough. Comments (3)
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s University freezes tuition, other costs

St. John’s University announced it would be freezing tuition, fees, room and board costs for the 2015-16 academic year at its Queens, Manhattan, Oakdale and international locations. Comments (2)
Bay Terrace

Queens pols, educators welcome reforms to school support system

Queens’ lawmakers and school principals praised a new up-to-date school support system announced by City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña last week that would help struggling schools and increase accountability. Comments (2)

January, 2015

Little Neck

Chancellor calls Little Neck’s MS 67 one of her favorite schools 

City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña wants parents to be more involved in their children’s education. But that involvement must go beyond classrooms and textbooks. Comments (1)

Most Precious Blood school to close in June

After 58 years of serving the Astoria community, Most Precious Blood School will be closed permanently in June due to lack of financial resources to repair and continue the school. The announcement came as shock for parents, students, parish, alumni and community members. Comments (1)
Forest Hills

Children cook up a storm in Forest Hills

Chef competition reality TV shows are growing by the season. Comments (2)

Bayside moms launch family-friendly e-newsletter

For years, Bayside mothers Beth Rivera and Kym Muscat have been involved in everything from the Parent Teachers Association to Girl Scouts of America in their communities. Comments (1)

Four Queens charter schools’ co-location requests rejected

City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña rejected four charter schools’ requests to use public school space in two Queens school districts. Comment

April, 2014


PS 32 third graders raise funds to save Amazon Rainforest

Gifted and talented third graders at the PS 32 State Street School in Flushing started a school-wide booster campaign to raise money to help protect the Amazon rainforest in South America. Comment


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