January, 2017

Middle Village

Middle Village student receives Marshall Scholarship

Hunter College student Faiza Masood, who lives in Middle Village, is one of the recipients of this year’s Marshall Scholarship, offered to a select number of students throughout the country. An Islamic Studies major, she hopes to offer a fresh and independent voice to intellectual conversations on her faith. Comments (1)

Corona teen named NYC Youth Poet Laureate for 2017

A Queens native was crowned the NYC Youth Poet Laureate for 2017. Comments (1)
Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College receives grant to study LGBTO history

A research group at LaGuardia Community College will examine the history of LGBTQ activism in Queens as part of a three-year program illuminating the history of New York City. Comments (1)

December, 2016


Jamaica cheerleading team raises funds to head to Nationals

A Jamaica cheerleading team raised funds to bring the team to national championships to be held in Orlando, Fla. with the help of the public, who pitched in on an online crowdfunding drive. Comments (1)

DOE will hold District 30 community meetings on G&T program

City Department of Education officials will be holding discussion meetings with Astoria community members who were concerned that elementary school students enrolled in the Gifted and Talented program at Public School 122 would no longer automatically enroll in the G&T middle-school program. The news modified an announcement earlier this month that parents in PS 122 may lose automatic enrollment in a few years. Comments (1)

Townsend parents want interim principal removed

Townsend Harris High School Interim Principal Rosemarie Jahoda is facing increased pressure from school faculty, parents and students, with many calling for the Department of Education to remove her from the post. Comment

Self-appointed child protectors stalk parents

It was the year of Pokemon Panic — any toy that gets kids outside must be stopped! — and the year a Florida school canceled its “Powder Puff” all-girl football game, suggesting the girls bob for apples instead. It was the year that we saw the first academic study of bouncy house temperatures — ”something that no one had really examined in the published literature,” according to one of the researchers. Imagine that. Comment
As science, technology, engineering and math courses dominate curriculums across the country, art programs are being cut from many schools, but not at the Rachel Carson Magnet School for the Arts (IS 237) in Flushing. Comments (1)
Astoria parents in School District 30 have set off a firestorm by questioning whether elementary students who attend PS 122 will have automatic enrollment in the school’s “Gifted & Talented” middle school classes, a policy in place since a memorandum released by the Department of Education in 2013. Comments (1)
The interim principal of Townsend Harris High School has got to go, according to frustrated parents. Comments (2)

Stringer: Success Academy stiffed city


Stringer: Success Academy stiffed city

Success Academy Charter Schools billed the Department of Education for special education services that may not have been delivered, an audit released by city Comptroller Scott Stringer found. Comments (1)

Three Queens educators win Sloan Awards

A handful of public school science and mathematics teachers were honored by receiving Sloan Awards for Excellence in teaching Science and Mathematics last week, bestowed by the Fund for the City of New York. The seven winners included three Queens educators. Comment
East Elmhurst

Queens Borough Board reviews Queens Library’s new strategic planning process

The Queens Borough Board held a meeting at Borough Hall Monday to review Queens Library’s new strategic planning process. Borough President Melinda Katz chaired the meeting and Queens Library President and CEO Dennis Walcott led the presentation on the library’s new plans. Comment

Townsend Harris students protest temp principal

The acting principal of Townsend Harris High School is facing criticism from students, teachers and alumni, some of whom are calling on the city Department of Education to ensure she is not installed as the school’s permanent principal. Comments (1)

Elected officials working to save Flushing High School

Flushing elected officials are showing support for Flushing High School after the state Department of Education revealed the school is still struggling. State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) and Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) visited Flushing High School last week and met with Principal Tyee Chin to discussed the school’s performance. Comments (7)

Complaints about PS332 roil CB 11 meeting

A representative from the School Construction Authority vexed residents at Monday’s Community Board 11 meeting when he announced progress has been made on the construction of PS 332 in Bayside. The new school raised concerns over decreased property values and aggravating already congested traffic conditions. Comments (5)

St. John’s becomes Catholic Relief Services Global Campus

St. John’s is officially a Catholic Relief Services Global Campus. Comment

Flushing High still on struggling school list

An already struggling Flushing High School has not seen much improvement. Comments (11)

November, 2016


Queens College to receive $1M grant for STEM program

U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) announced that Queens College would be receiving a nearly $1 million federal grant for its STEM program, an initiative to improve and expand the college’s capacity to serve Hispanic and other low-income students. Comments (2)

School trailers discussed at Boro Board meeting

Elected officials quizzed representatives from the School Construction Authority on a number of issues affecting the construction of schools in the borough at a meeting of the Queens Borough Board at Borough Hall Monday evening. Comments (1)
The library at Junior High School 189 in Flushing got a huge upgrade. City Councilman Peter Koo (D-Flushing) joined staff and students Monday for a ribbon cutting as they unveiled the new Apple laptop computers. Comments (6)

Bellrose playground gets new repairs

The schoolyard at Public School 133, along with the neighboring Bellerose Playground, will undergo repairs and improvements with funding allocated by Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens). Comment

John Bowne principal accused of sexual assault - again

Howard Kwait, the principal at John Bowne High School in Flushing, is being accused for the fourth time of sexual assault, according to a new lawsuit filed in Brooklyn federal court. Comments (4)

The unseen detours on the road to Yale

On Sunday I went to my local Queens bakery at 9, 11 and 2, and each time sat across from a friendly, open 18-year-old. These New York City students shared their hopes, dreams and what they do in their free time. One researches drone strikes in Somalia. Another teaches the disabled to ski. A third measures the size and shape of snake skulls. Comment
Long Island City

New pre-k seats coming to Long Island City

Long Island City will benefit from 180 additional pre-K seats in the fall 2017 school year, according to the School Construction Authority and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Astoria). Comments (2)

October, 2016

Rochdale Village

Rochdale Village middle school opens science lab

Teachers, parents and Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) were on hand Monday morning to celebrate a new science lab at Public School 80, the Thurgood Marshall Magnet School of Media and Communications, in Rochdale Village. Comments (1)

Proposed Sunnyside Gardens middle school sparks controversy

Weeks after the School Construction Authority announced it had selected a site for a new middle school in the Sunnyside Gardens area, community members and some elected officials are expressing caution about proceeding. Comment

Museum of the Moving Image receives grant for expansion of family programs

The Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, the nation’s only museum dedicated to film, television and digital media, has been awarded a grant of nearly $150,000 for the development of a new family initiative. The grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services will allow MoMI to offer public programs for children, ages 4 to 12, and their caregivers. Comments (1)
Springfield Gardens

Avon rep describes how she paid down student debt

A Springfield Gardens resident is free from her student loans thanks to what started as a high school side job. Comments (5)

Fariña attends eastern Queens town hall meeting

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña touted what she said was significant progress towards alleviating parent concerns in recent years during a town hall meeting for parents, teachers, and students in eastern Queens Tuesday. Comments (1)

September, 2016


York College celebrates its 50th anniversary

York College celebrated its 50th anniversary with an executive Leadership Breakfast last Friday, then a block party and an alumni art show the following day. Comment

Pols tout new Sunnyside school

The building at the corner of 48th Street and Barnett Avenue is vacant and abandoned, but parents and elected officials gathered on the second floor of the cavernous space on Monday to announce that a middle school would help alleviate the longstanding overcrowding in the school district. Comment

Crime down 35 percent in city schools: Report

Crime in city schools has decreased by 35 percent in the last five years, according to Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and the NYPD, but a charter school advocacy organization noted that the number of weapons recovered in schools was at the highest recorded level since 2010. Comments (3)

QCC adds a top-of-the-line 3D printer to its lab

Queensborough Community College has announced the addition of a Stratasys J750 3D printer — a rarety in the academic world — to its Engineering Technology 3D Lab. Comment

Top Queens high schools noted on list

Queens high schools occupied three of the top 10 spots in a list of the best high schools in the city, with Townsend Harris High School in Flushing earning the top spot. Comment

SCA gives OK for new middle-school location in Sunnyside

Parents and area officials were excited to learn that the city’s School Construction Authority had approved of a location for a new middle school in Sunnyside, an attempt to reverse increased overcrowding in the area. Comments (2)

Schoolhouse squeeze

Schools in Queens opened last week to a mixed bag of news, depending on just where in the borough the students started classes. Comments (2)
On Point

City schools soft on discipline

A new school year will begin this week. This should mean that our public school classrooms are prepared to optimize student learning. Unfortunately, the city’s education and political establishment continues to introduce policies that erode school “disciplinary codes” and “social promotion” protocols that undermine teachers’ efforts in the classroom and students’ ability to learn. Comments (11)

Students return to school as DOE fights overcrowding

As public schools open in Queens Sept. 8, the city Department of Education is adding new seats to keep up with the rising demand and combat the continuing issue of overcrowding in Queens. Comments (4)

August, 2016

Far Rockaway

Success Academy opens two new Queens schools

Charter school organization Success Academy opened two new schools in Queens this week in Far Rockaway and South Jamaica, bringing the total number of its schools in the borough to four. Comments (2)

Is the walk to school really so terrifying?

These are the safest times in history, but if you believe what you see on television, they are not. Comment

Using creativity to teach about science

For many kids, the summer that is about to end was a time to head for the beach or just relax. But for the 30 young people who participated in the Museum Education and Employment Program, the break between school years has been an opportunity to learn about museums and how they operate. Comment

College kids require course in ‘adulting’

Kids will start leaving for college during the next few weeks, and it’s nice—or maybe just weird—to know that at least one university is offering a new class this fall in “adulting.” Comment

The new Elmhurst library will open in late fall

Elmhurst residents have been waiting more than four years for their brand new state-of-the-art public library to open and now that moment is just months away. Comments (1)

Queens schools show improved test scores

New York City students showed improved scores in state exams this past year and matched New York State students in English Language Arts (ELA) scores for the first time since standardized testing was instituted for all grades in 2006. City students also showed increased proficiency on math exams, and Queens students matched the upward trends in both categories. The tests were conducted in April for students in grades 3-8. Comments (1)

Mayor nixes suspensions for young students

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced New York City public schools would no longer suspend students in kindergarten up to second grade, and touted several other initiatives that he said would promote school safety and end the practice of punitive school discipline policies that disparately burden children of color. Comments (3)

July, 2016


Organization promotes STEAM in Jamaica

In the basement of the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Jamaica, Terence Dew, the founder and lead program developer of STEAM Academy, demonstrated the dizzying array of devices, hardware and software the students in the program were utilizing. He said he wanted the class to have an open, supportive atmosphere. Comments (1)

Give our children lessons in character

Our young people need more support and guidance in their lives. We are all aware of the problems that our young people have such as drug abuse, irresponsible sexual activity, high drop-out rates, violence, bullying, suicides and the rash of horrible school and gang shootings. Character traits should be taught in all schools for grades K through 12. Comments (4)
Hunters Point

Pre-K classes for Hunters Point where children are wait-listed

The city will add much needed pre-K seats in Hunters Point this fall, according to the city’s Department of Education. The move comes after a phone-call campaign mounted by the Gantry Parent Association. Comments (2)
Long Island City

White House taps LaGuardia Community College for new tech program

The White House has awarded LaGuardia Community College a $3.9 million grant to provide free tech industry training for at-risk and disadvantaged young people, ages 17 to 29. Comments (1)

A search for the right college stirs up memories

The new buildings on campus are modern monstrosities. The path to the rocks in the gorge where we used to swim is roped off for safety reasons. Comment

Let charter schools use public space

Open letter to Mayor de Blasio. Comments (1)
The Civic Scene

More accomplishments for Queens high schools

Members of the Jamaica NOW Leadership Council visited Thomas A. Edison High School accompanied by Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and City Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) to highlight the importance of the school for the community. The school has 12 career and technical education programs, which include three-year automotive repair, electrical installation and medial assisting. The principal, Moses Ojeda, is a graduate of the school. Two students recently were the winners in the Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association Competition. Comment
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced he would allocate nearly half a million dollars to Project Boost funding for 44 schools within his district. Project Building Options and Opportunities for Students is a program from the Center for Educational Innovation and gives schools the financing they need for education programs, cultural trips or other extracurricular activities. Comment
Queens Village

Grodenchik completes visits to schools in his district

City Councilman Barry Grodenchik (D-Oakland Gardens) completed his campaign pledge to visit every school in his district Tuesday, touting the $3 million in capital funding allocated to schoolsi in Districts 26 and 29 in this year’s city budget. Comments (2)
Springfield Gardens

Stirnger releases audit of Springfield Gardens charter

A Springfield Gardens charter school did a poor job of overseeing its financial affairs, according to an audit conducted by the office of Comptroller Scott Stringer. Comments (2)

June, 2016

A Jackson Heights elementary school will be flying a new flag from now on. Comment

Katz allocates $3M for CUNY institutions

Borough President Melinda Katz will be allocating $3.6 million from her discretionary funds toward projects at the four CUNY colleges in Queens. Queens College, York College, Queensborough Community College and LaGuardia Community College will receive backing for the creation of new programs and facilities. Comments (1)
Opponents of a controversial proposed co-location between a public middle school and a charter high school in Queens Village celebrated the news this week that the DOE had withdrawn the plan. Comment

Legislature passes mayoral control one-year extension...again

After months of protracted negotiations and uncertainty, the state Legislature voted to extend Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control over the New York City public school system for only one year—the same length of time the city was granted the year before. Comment
South Ozone Park

South Ozone Park street co-named in memory of teen advocate

City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) held a ceremony Tuesday to commemorate the life of a teen advocate whose life was cut short by two rare illnesses. Comments (1)

Boys’ Club program helps disadvantaged kids learn in summer

The Boys’ Club of New York is kicking off its Summer Superheroes Program, designed to prevent what the organization calls the “summer slide,” a period of reading loss which affects low-income students more than their more affluent counterparts. Comments (1)

Google teams up with Queens Library for computer classes

Google has teamed up with Queens Library to offer computer science classes for children at 26 different locations this summer. The borough is the first in the city to enjoy the program. Comments (1)
Queens Village

Queens Village co-location is a no-go

A proposed controversial co-location between a public middle school and a charter high school in Queens Village will not be going forward, according to the Panel for Educational Policy. Comment

LaGuardia Community College holds 44th Commencement

Students at LaGuardia Community College have to work much harder than the average collegian, according to the school’s president. And that makes graduation day more of a crowning achievement than at other institutions. Comments (1)

Bayside High School celebrates 80th anniversary

As alumni entered Bayside High School for the 80th anniversary of the school’s founding, the walls were decorated with student photos from decades past. The crowd of attendees gazed at the class portraits, sports teams and sororities in the school’s celebrated history. Comment

Feds sue DOE over alleged discrimination of black teachers at Elmhurst school

One borough lawmaker was shocked to see Preet Bharara’s latest target. The U.S. attorney in Manhattan announced last week that the federal government had filed a lawsuit against the city’s Department of Education that alleges that the department discriminated against black teachers who worked at an Elmhurst school and retaliated against an assistant principal who spoke out. Comments (1)

Sacred Heart principal retiring after 28-year run

Dennis Farrell, the principal of Sacred Heart School for 28 years, will be hanging up his hat at the end of this year. At 69 years old, he feels he can leave his job knowing he has made a difference to the community and the students he has served in his long career as an educator. Comments (1)

‘Oscars of the Libraries’ honors Queens branches

The Arverne and Glen Oaks branches of the Queens Public Library were two of the five grand prize winners of the third annual New York City Neighborhood Library Awards. Each will receive a gift of $20,000. Comment

Queens College holds 92nd commencement exercises

More than 2,500 students, which included working parents, veterans, servicemen and first-generation scholars from New York and around the world, graduated from Queens College in the 92nd commencement ceremony last week. Comments (1)

QCC hold commencement with Weprin and Stavisky

Queensborough Community College held its commencement Friday morning with school and civic leaders addressing the graduating class of 2016. In attendance were Assemblyman David Weprin (D-Fresh Meadows) and state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), as well as Yi (Jane) Jiang, Vicky Chan, Yueli Chen, and Daomi Burch, who received honors for high academic achievement. Comment

York College celebrates 46th commencement

Graduates of York College’s class of 2016 gathered under a massive tent on the field outside the school’s Health and Physical Education complex as family, friends and other well-wishers withstood a steady rain to celebrate the class’ commencement ceremony. Comment

Elmhurst school discriminated against black teachers: Feds

The city’s Department of Education has become the target of the federal government in a lawsuit that alleges that the department discriminated against black teachers who worked at an Elmhurst school and retaliated against an assistant principal who spoke out, according to U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara. Comments (2)

Bayside High School celebrates 80 years

Bayside High School took in its first wave of students on March 16, 1936. Now the Alumni Association is throwing a two-day bash this weekend to acknowledge a long tradition of excellence in education at the 80th anniversary celebration of the school’s founding. Comment
Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks school holds multicultural fest

Foods and decorations from a vast array of cultures were on display at Public School/Intermediate School 266’s “Multicultural Day” held all day Friday. Elementary and middle-school students danced, cooked food and learned about many diverse backgrounds during the event. Comment
Kew Gardens

UFT President visits Parent Advisory Board

The Queens Parent Advisory Board welcomed United Federation for Teachers President Michael Mulgrew to Borough Hall Tuesday for a wide-ranging discussion of school overcrowding, the Common Core and punishment for abusive teachers. Comment
Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College receives $30,000 gift from street-food vendors

For nearly two decades, students at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City have been lining up for affordable meals of chicken and gyro over rice at the Halal Guys food cart on Thomson Avenue. Last week, the street-food vendors celebrated their phenomenal growth in the last few years with a $30,000 gift to the school’s scholarship fund. Comment

May, 2016

Jamaica Estates

St. John’s celebrates 2016 graduates

Jamaica Estates

St. John’s celebrates 2016 graduates

An overcast sky was no match for the joy and satisfaction among the crowd that assembled at St. John’s University Sunday to celebrate commencement for the class of 2016. Comment

Students call for fences at Jamaica school

Students, faculty and parents at York Early College Academy have battled bureaucracy for the past several years in an attempt to have gates installed in the school’s yard to help ensure student safety, Now, the gates may be built due to allocated funding from the office of the Queens borough president. Comment
Middle Village

Crowley breaks ground on MidVil’s PS 49 addition

City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) led the groundbreaking ceremony for an addition to PS 49 in Middle Village Friday. Comment

On-time high school grad rates increase in city

Students who live in northeastern Queens graduate from high school on-time after four years more than in almost any other area in the city, a new report found. In parts of southeastern Queens, however, the situation is more fraught. Comments (3)
Bay Terrace

Bay Terrace library receives funding for renovation

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Councilman Paul Vallone (D-Bayside) have announced funding for renovations to the Queens Library in Bay Terrace. Comments (2)
Jamaica Estates

Mary Louis students honored for community service

Students in the Service Learning and Leadership Program at Mary Louis Academy were honored for their efforts to enact positive change in the Jamaica Estates neighborhood by the board of directors of a nearby apartment complex last week. Comment
Rochdale Village

School breaks ground for new playground

Elected officials, community leaders, students and faculty from Catherine and Count Basie Middle School 72 in Rochdale Village broke ground on construction of a new playground at a ceremony Tuesday. Comment

Queens colleges prepare for Graduation Days

In spring an undergraduate’s fancy turns to Commencement Day. Comment

Flanagan questions mayoral control of city schools

State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan (R-Smithtown) offered a harsh assessment of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s testimony before the Senate’s education committee in Albany last week in support of an extension ofmayoral control of the city’s public school system. Comments (1)

CUNY faculty vote to authorize strike

City University of New York staff and faculty union members overwhelmingly voted this week to authorize a strike in case contract negotiations fail to reach an agreement over pay raises. Comments (3)
Queens Village

Pols oppose public schools co-location with charter

Elected officials expressed their reservations about a potential co-location at a Queens Village middle school in a letter sent to city Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina and Vanessa Leung, the chairwoman of the Panel for Educational Policy. Comment
Jamaica Estates

Jamaica NOW tours Thomas Edison High School

Members of the Jamaica NOW Leadership Council visited Thomas Edison High School Monday for a tour of some of the school’s 12 career pathway tracts. Comment

Corona getting 162 new pre-K seats: Fariña

Corona is receiving more than 100 new pre-K seats as the second round of admissions kicked off, with nearly 70 percent of borough applicants having received their top choice in the first round, City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced Tuesday. Comments (2)

Student builds bonds between Boy Scouts and children with Down syndrome through sports

A student at Holy Cross High School has joined forces with a group of teens and adults with Down syndrome to organize a partnership between them and his Boy Scout troop, a teaming that has benefited both groups. Comment

York alum named graduate school dean at Brown

Andrew Campbell, member of the York College Class of 1981, has been appointed the next dean of the graduate school at Brown University. Comment

April, 2016


Who decides when a student is college ready?

I’d like to address the current policy of Bayside High School with regard to students and Regents. Comments (3)
Oakland Gardens

MS 74 students raise money for Iowa trip

Students from Middle School 74 in Oakland Gardens are poised to compete at the championships of an international intellectual competition and are trying to raise funds to pay for the journey. Comments (3)

Lancman urging mayor to fully fund middle school summer programs

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is asking for funding for middle-school summer programs to be fully restored. Comments (1)

Opt-out advocates see steady rates from last year

The opt-out movement has generated headlines and protests in recent weeks as students across the city and state sat for their state standardized exams that were held on April 5-7 and April 12-13.. Official numbers will not be released for several months, but advocates said the pattern would likely remain steady from the year before. Comments (2)
Queens Village

Parents and elected officials rally to stop co-location

Plans to co-locate a new charter high school in a Queens Village building already housing a public middle school is facing sharp criticism from parents and elected officials as the city’s Panel for Educational Policy prepares to vote on the proposal. Comments (1)

Parents address concerns about school violence

A representative for an organization supportive of charter schools addressed District 28’s Community Education Council last week about the spate of violence and guns in the city’s public schools. Comments (1)

Cuomo nominates former mayoral candidates to CUNY board

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has nominated two new members to the board of trustees of the City University of New York, and both nominations are familiar names in the world of New York mayoral politics. Comment
South Jamaica

Success Academy plans two new schools in Queens

A charter school network that operates 34 schools throughout the city is planning to open two new elementary schools in southeastern Queens. Comments (1)
Glen Oaks

Crowd at Frank Padavan Campus celebrates new sports complex

A ribbon-cutting event to celebrate the opening of a new sports complex at the Frank A. Padavan Campus in Glen Oaks was moved inside Saturday morning due to downpours, but the spirits of the students, teachers and parents in the auditorium were not dampened. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Dromm supports parents opting out of state tests

The city Department of Education should alert parents about their right to refuse to let their students take the high-stakes tests that have inspired the opt-out movement, Councilman Daniel Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) last Sunday. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Parent Advisory Board presses SCA for space

Representatives from the city’s School Construction Authority presented the 2016 proposed amendments to its’ five-year capital plan to Queens parents, students and educators at a Parent Advisory Board meeting Monday, but were met with tough questions about the availability of classroom space and the continued use of trailers in the place of permanent classrooms. Comments (1)

Woodside kindergarten class learn with puppetry

The students in a kindergarten class at Public School 229 in Woodside listened as Kirsten Kammermeyer, the class’ teacher-artist, held up a tiny face mask. She told the children that they could turn the blank paper into the face of a mountain lion by gluing strips of orange and yellow construction paper to the mask, a type of crafting called decoupage. Comments (1)

Hands off CUNY

As the April 1 deadline neared for the next state budget, it appeared Gov. Andrew Cuomo had backed down on his threat to slash nearly $400 million from CUNY in a move to force the city university system to become more efficient. Comment

March, 2016


Avella says test prep will boost diversity at specialized high schools

Diversity remains elusive at New York City’s eight specialized high schools, according to data released by the Department of Education earlier this month. Though some believe that the make-or-break entry test for these schools must be discontinued, state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) believes that broader test preparation is the best way to close the gap. Comments (1)

Bayside High School celebrates 80 years

Bayside High School began an early celebration of its 80th anniversary, making it one of the oldest public schools in the five boroughs. Comments (3)
Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College rolls out new ad campaign

LaGuardia Community College is set to launch an advertising campaign in the coming weeks to encourage adults of all ages looking to pursue their higher education to explore all that the school has to offer. Comments (2)

Questions about school safety fuel legislative breakfast

Parents concerned about school safety and overcrowding in District 26 schools downed coffee, enjoyed breakfast and met with lawmakers at a Friday morning event at the Bayside Diner. The breakfast was organized by the district’s Presidents’ Council and attendees discussed the need for more crossing guards to direct traffic at school arrivals and dismissals. Comments (5)
Fresh Meadows

Queens Regent Judith Chin talks Common Core challenges

In what educators described as a fireside chat-style discussion, Queens Regent Judith Chin said the Common Core launch was flawed but the Board of Regents was heading in the right direction. Comments (2)
Middle Village

After push from Crowley, Middle Village school to expand

After years of explosive student growth, PS/IS 128 in Middle Village is set to expand. Comments (1)

A bold mission

A small miracle is in the works in southern Queens. Comments (1)
New Voices

IDC proposes solution for specialized high school diversity crisis

After yet another year of foundering enrollment numbers for black and Hispanic students at the city’s specialized high schools, the Independent Democratic Conference in Albany is taking a crack at reforming the admission process for those schools. Comments (4)
Fresh Meadows

Francis Lewis High School has highest applicant number in city

Public high schools in the northeastern area of Queens are continually some of the most popular schools in the city, and Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows is at the top of the list. Aside from the city’s specialized high schools, it was the public high school with the highest number of applicants in the city in 2015. Comments (4)

Crowded districts celebrate proposed funding for needed schools

Two of the most chronically overcrowded school districts in the city are celebrating some long-awaited relief. Comments (2)

Avella allocates $1M to Bayside High School

Bayside High School will receive about $1 million in major infrastructure renovations, courtesy of state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comment

Electeds upset over DOE’s treatment of St. Pat’s holiday

Borough elected officials say they are disappointed in the city Department of Education’s decision to keep parent-teacher conferences scheduled on St. Patrick’s Day, although they differ on whether it should be a school holiday. Comments (4)

Avella gives $1M to Bayside HS for upgrades

Bayside High School will receive major infrastructure renovations to the tune of $1 million, courtesy of state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comments (2)

Charter advocate says violence is high in city’s public schools

An education non-profit that advocates for New York City charter schools is accusing Mayor Bill de Blasio of fudging the numbers on safety in New York City’s public schools. Comments (4)

February, 2016

Fresh Meadows

Lancman wants more music education in public schools

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) called for an increased investment in music education at a news conference on the state of music education in his district Friday morning. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Parent Advisory Board to discuss college admissions

The Queens Parent Advisory Board, co-chaired by Borough President Melinda Katz, will meet later this month to discuss “The College Admissions Process and How to Fund Your Child’s College Education.” Comments (2)

Department of Education adds first LGBT community liaison

The Department of Education has hired its first LGBT community liaison, a ground-breaking position that will implement a balanced literacy program that includes gay authors as well as providing an LGBT curriculum for teachers. Comments (2)
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 (3)

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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