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January, 2018

Arverne

Test scores rise, CUNY tuition now free in eventful school year

It was a tumultuous year for education in Queens, throughout the city and in New York state and even as 2017 comes to a close the challenges remain high. Comment

December, 2017

Arverne

Two Far Rockaway renewal schools to be closed

Two schools in the Rockaways are among the 14 New York City schools scheduled for closure, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced Monday. A Bronx school where one student was stabbed to death, and another injured was also to be terminated. Comments (3)
State Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) joined campus administrators Monday for the dedication of the new Student One-Stop Welcome Center at Queensborough Community College. Comment
Flushing

Former Congressman donates personal papers to Queens College

Former Queens congressman and Queens College ‘65 alum Gary Ackerman announced he will be donating 12 boxes of artifacts detailing his more than 30 years in public office to his CUNY alma mater located in Flushing. Comment
Flushing

Study reveals students struggle to graduate at CUNY

The non-profit research organization Center for an Urban Future has released a study in which it found too few students from Queens and across the city graduate from both community and four-year colleges in the CUNY system on time or leave without credentials, based on graduation data from 2010 to 2017. Comments (5)
Flushing

Kim, Braunstein push DOE for dual language expansion

State Assemblymen Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) met with city Department of Education officials Monday to discuss the expansion of the Korean Dual Language program in New York schools. Comments (10)
Corona

Cuomo gives green light for pre-K center to be built on Flushing Meadows Corona Park land

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed off on legislation last week that gives the city a green light to build a new state-of-the-art pre-K center at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadow Corona Park. The pre-K Center, near the intersection of 111th Street and 46th Avenue, will be dedicated to science, technology, engineering, art and math. Comment
Forest Hills

Bramson ORT struggled under DOE’s watch

Bramson ORT, the 40-year-old technical college in Forest Hills that lost accreditation and closed in February, was considered financially unhealthy and failed to meet six of 13 standards outlined by the New York State Education Department Board of Regents. Comment
Queens Village

Martin Van Buren High School off list of struggling schools

Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village was one of 27 schools to be removed from the struggling school list, according to New York State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia. Comments (1)
Hunters Point

HarborLab preps for move to Hunters Point South

HarborLab, a Long Island City-based environmental and educational nonprofit, will move its operations into one of the waterfront towers that will be part of the next phase of the Hunters Point South development. Comment

November, 2017

The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities reported that 30 private colleges and universities in New York have experienced a drop in enrollment rates this fall, the first semester that qualifying students at New York’s city and state colleges received free tuition under the Excelsior Scholarhip program. Comment
Long Island City

Don’t rule out community colleges while shopping for higher education

This is the time of year when high school seniors start deciding where they want to apply to college. I want to encourage them to keep community colleges on their lists—and not just as a backup school, but as a good starting point to a college degree. Comment
South Ozone Park

Mayor pushes for 3-K for All expansion

Parents of toddlers who live in School District 27 in Queens can get their kids who are as young as 3 ready for pre-school by next year. Comment
Flushing

After-school kids get a taste of Broadway

Several public schools will get a taste of Broadway this year and in 2018 with a new after-school theater program provided by the arts education non-profit Inside Broadway, according to its spokesman Sam Morris. Comment
Jackson Heights

Fariña, Dromm address school bullying at City Hall hearing

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced an $8 million investment in anti-bullying reforms for schools Monday at a hearing in City Hall as a response to two high school students being stabbed in the Bronx at the Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation a month ago. One student died and the other was hospitalized, according to police. Comment

October, 2017

Flushing

Flushing High School staff to reapply for their jobs

Flushing High School is facing major staff changes. Comments (7)
Editorial

The best bargain

Queens College, the crown jewel of the CUNY system, opened its doors back in 1937 when a new house cost $4,100 and the average wage was $1,780 a year. Comment
Editorial

Queens makes the grade

Queens schools earned some faint praise from the New York Post last month after students in District 26 aced the state math tests and got the highest scores in the city for third to eighth graders. Comment
Flushing

Sotomayor participates in Queens College Q&A

Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonya Sotomayor made a special appearance at Queens College Monday morning, participating in a Q&A with Queens College students and moderator President Felix Matos Rodriguez. Comment
Flushing

St. Agnes students excited about new medical lab

Students at St. Agnes Academic High School in College Point will be able to get hands-on training in their new medical lab. Comment
Flushing

St. Agnes students excited about new medical lab

Students at St. Agnes Academic High School in College Point will be able to get hands-on training in their new medical lab. Comment
Education

Excelsior Scholarship helps Queens students with free tuition

The numbers are in and 53 percent of full-time SUNY and CUNY in-state students, or more than 210,000 New Yorkers, are going to school tuition-free through Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Excelsior Scholarship, according to the head of state’s website. Comment
Jamaica

Queens Collegiate celebrates 10th anniversary in Jamaica

Students, teachers, faculty and elected officials gathered in Jamaica last week to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Queens Collegiate: A College Board School. Comment
Flushing

Two Queens high schools among top 10 in NYC: Report

Townsend Harris and the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College in Queens are among the top 10 high schools in the city, scoring above all but one of the selective high schools, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 annual list. Comment
Glen Oaks

MS 172 in Glen Oaks gets one-way street conversion

The DOT has made significant safety improvements at MS 172 in Glen Oaks by converting 256th Street between 81st and 82nd avenues into a one-way thoroughfare. Comments (1)

September, 2017

Jackson Heights

Garden School ham radio club connects loved ones in storm-battered Puerto Rico

A school in Jackson Heights is connecting families to loved ones in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico and other Caribbean islands this week. The Garden School currently operates an amateur radio station that has the ability to send and receive messages from the areas that have been affected by recent hurricanes and earthquakes. Comment
Letters

Christ the King gets time to fight order to close charter school

Last week, Christ the King High School, Middle Village Preparatory Charter School, and Christ the King Continuing Education received the welcome news that a judge from the Appellate Division had granted us a temporary restraining order so that we have the necessary time to appeal a decision by Justice Marguerite Grays of Queens Supreme Court. Comments (2)
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and community board chairs were at Borough Hall in Kew Gardens Monday to listen to representatives from the School Construction Authority elaborate on how they intend to spend $15.5 billion in capital projects over the course of five to 10 years in Queens. Comments (2)
School Districts 26 and 25 in northeast Queens had some of the city’s highest test scores for third to eighth graders in proficiency exams in Mathematics and English Language Arts for the 2016-2017 school year, according to the state’s Dept. of Education. Comments (2)
Education

St. John’s signs transfer agreement with Queensborough Community College

Queensborough Community College students will now have the opportunity to transfer scholarships to St. John’s University in Jamaica Estates. Comments (1)
South Ozone Park

City public schools to offer free lunches

As students get into school mode this year and begin learning new subjects as well as prep for exams, they will have one less thing to worry about: lunch. Comments (3)
Education

Cornell Tech opens on Roosevelt Island promising bright future for western Queens

Geographically, Roosevelt Island is not a part of the borough, but the official opening of the Cornell Tech campus Wednesday is a very big deal for Long Island City, Astoria and other neighborhoods in western Queens. The $700 million phase one of the campus includes three environmentally friendly buildings, which are now home to 30 faculty and almost 300 graduate students conducting ground-breaking research, collaborating extensively with tech-oriented companies and organizations and pursuing their own startups. Comments (1)
Sunnyside

Van Bramer tours new school annexes

Hundreds of Sunnyside and Woodside students began the new school year Thursday in two state-of-the-art annexes built to replace aging portable classrooms and reduce overcrowding. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) toured the new facilities at PS 11 in Woodside and IS 125 in Sunnyside last week. Comment
Letters

Healthy food options vital in schools

With the new school year upon us, parents turn their attention to school clothes, school supplies and school food. Yes, school food! Comments (2)
Rosedale

City charter students outperform district students on statewide exams: DOE

Students at charter schools in the city outperformed their peers at public schools on statewide exams in both English Language Arts and math for grades three to eight in the 2016 to 2017 school year, according to the state Department of Education. Comments (2)

August, 2017

Education

City scores inch higher on ELA, math tests

The state Education Department released the city and state proficiency test scores for English Language Arts and Math of students in third to eighth grade, which showed a small uptick in performance. Comments (2)
Jamaica

CEO helps girls discover computer science

Women are better coders, but are less likely than their male counterparts to get a job in a STEM field without connections, according to a peer-reviewed study conducted by PeerJ in February 2016. Comment
Every summer, around 300 students apply for a paid internship at the American Museum of Natural History. Approximately 200 will make it to the interview phase, and only 10 percent of applicants are selected for the coveted spots. Comment
Mayoral Spin Cycle

Memories of college — as I send my daughters off

We are getting an early dose of fall breezes in August even though we are entering the dog days of summer now. Comments (1)
Six juniors and seniors from Queens who are heading back to college in the fall received $2,000 each in scholarships from FPWA, a nonprofit, Monday at a breakfast and networking event in Manhattan. Comment
Laurelton

A new era begins for District 29 schools

With a new school year comes a new interim superintendent for School District 29. Comment

July, 2017

Flushing

Flushing’s Latimer House receives federal grant

Flushing’s Lewis H. Latimer House Museum has been given a $24,950 grant in Support of African American Heritage. Comments (2)
Education

Voluntary summer school program draws 13,400 students

Summer schools are teeming with city kids this year, despite a drop in the number of students who need the requisite session to move forward. Comments (3)
Letters

Women’s City Club applauds physical education initiative

At the Women’s City Club of New York, we believe that all children and young adults deserve a quality education, one that sets them on a clear path to success. But for too long, our schools have ignored a New York State mandate that all students have access to physical education — a vital piece of any student’s health and achievement. Comments (1)
Education

Queens’ delegates chime in on extended mayoral control

Elected officials in Queens had a lot to say about the bumpy road to renewing mayoral control during an extraordinary session last week in Albany. Comments (1)
Laurelton

Merrick Academy’s fourth-grade science scores soar

Two years ago, administrators at Merrick Academy, a K-5 charter school in Laurelton, launched a S.T.E.A.M. program that yielded positive results. For the fourth grade State Science Exam, students at the academy averaged 96.4 percent during the 2016-2017 school year. Comments (3)
Jackson Heights

New elementary school coming to Jackson Heights in 2019

Officials broke ground last week on a new elementary school in Jackson Heights that will alleviate some of the chronic overcrowding in District 30, one of the most overcrowded school districts in the city. Comments (2)

June, 2017

Education

State lawmakers grant de Blasio two-year control over city schools

State lawmakers agreed to extend Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control over the city’s schools for two years Thursday during an extraordinary session in Albany that spilled over into a second day as other issues were negotiated. Comment
Flushing

John Bowne prinicpal sued again for harassment

After initially suing his boss for harassment over choosing not to inflate grades, John Bowne HS Vice Principal Marc Einsohn is claiming Principal Howard Kwait retaliated against him again for allegedly taking excessive time off. Comment
The Civic Scene

High schools finish year strong

Hillcrest High School held its first Science Fair under the supervision of Pre-Med Small Learning Community Director Nelcia Skobelsky, featuring submissions by the Health Science Nursing Small Learning Community, Software Engineering students, and Pre-Med students who had performed NASA, STEM, and hydroponics research. Comment
In an effort to boost graduation rates at community colleges, Congresswoman Grace Meng (D-Flushing) introduced the “Community College Student Success Act.” Comments (1)
The South Hollis branch of Queens Library will be celebrating the diversity of the borough by hosting it’s second annual Multicultural Festival June 24 at 1 p.m. Comment
The state Legislature ended its annual session without reaching an agreement to extend Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control of the city school system late Wednesday. There were rumblings of requests for a special session Thursday morning, but lawmakers have not reconvened to reconsider the measure before it expires in eight days, according to state Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) office. Comments (2)
Jackson Heights

Staunton family makes formal complaint about school where son suffered fatal injury

The parents of Rory Staunton, the 12-year-old Sunnyside boy who died five years ago after contracting sepsis at a private school in Jackson Heights, are challenging the accreditation of the school. Comment
LaGuardia Community College lauded the largest graduating class in the history of the school last week, with speakers making empowered statements on LGBT rights and the black community’s struggle with alleged police brutality. Comments (6)
Rhymes with Crazy

He flunked First Grade — and now look

This is for all the parents worried that their kids are cutting class, falling through the cracks, overeating, under-achieving, or spending all day playing video games — and for all the kids doing just that. Comments (1)
Queens Memory, a project documenting life in the borough, will make it easier for residents to share materials with its new website and app. Comments (4)
Bayside

Queensborough Community College holds 56th Commencement ceremony

Queensborough Community College held its 56th Commencement ceremony Friday in Bayside, sending some 2,600 graduates out into the world with messages of resilience and confidence. Comment
Education

Mayor facing pushback over school control

Mayoral control over New York City schools will expire July 1. In the meantime, Mayor Bill de Blasio and state Sen. John Flanagan (R-Smithtown) have been in a political tug-of-war over whether to extend it or not. Comments (1)
Bayside

Queens library branches among final 10 vying for city awards

Three Queens institutions have made it to the final 10 eligible to receive the NYC Neighborhood Library Award along with $20,000 to improve services for the communities they contribute to. Comment
Education

Gym in every school by 2021: de Blasio

Mayor de Blasio confesses that as a kid he never much liked gym, but that’s not stopping the city from launching a $385-million plan to put a gym in every school by 2021 and make physical education available for all. Comments (1)
Jackson Heights

Ladders for Leaders puts students on path to paid internships and better futures

The de Blasio administration is hoping to expand an internship program which is already popular with high school and college students in Queens. The public-private partnership, called Ladders For Leaders, placed 1,538 high-performing students at 475 job sites last summer with paid internships. Comments (2)
Jamaica

Students at PS 50 in Jamaica to unveil safety banner Friday

Last year, a student from PS 50 on 101st Street in Jamaica was hit by a car. He’s doing fine now, but rather than let that incident become a reccurring nightmare for parents and students, officials at the school decided to act. Comments (1)
Jamaica

York College forum targets development of Jamaican-American health care

Members of the York College alumni association held a networking forum May 6 with officials from the island of Jamaica to help develop the nation’s health-care system. Comments (1)
Flushing

Queens College holds its 93rd commencement ceremony

More than 3,000 graduates attended Queens College 93rd commencement ceremony last Friday on the campus’s quadrangle located at 65-30 Kissena Blvd. Comments (1)
Letters

Give PS 130 back to District 26

The drive to reclaim PS 130 back for the use by local children continues. Comments (1)
Rhymes with Crazy

Bungalow colony lets kids free-range

About 15 years ago, some friends whose kids went to the same pre-K as ours invited us to visit the bungalow colony an hour upstate where they spend their summers. Comment

May, 2017

Flushing

Work begins on PS 120’s new playground

Students at PS 120 attended their school’s ground-breaking Tuesday after helping to design the new playground set to be completed in the fall. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Three LaGuardia Community College students awarded prestigious national scholarships

When 55 community college students from around the nation were selected Tuesday for the 2017 Jack Kent Cook Foundation Undergraduate Transfer Scholarships, three were from LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City. Each will receive up to $40,000 a year to complete a bachelor’s degree at a four-year college or university. Comments (3)
Flushing

Lancman attends CASA showcases in Flushing and Fresh Meadows

After allocating $40,000 in funding, City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) visited PS 165 in Flushing and PS 154 in Fresh Meadows last week to celebrate the success of the Cultural After School Adventures program. Comment
Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College opens newly expanded and renovated library

LaGuardia Community College celebrated the completion of a $15 million expansion and renovation of its library last week. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Queens students call on mayor to fund English classes

Chanting “education is a right!” Queens students gathered Tuesday morning on the steps of Queens Borough Hall calling on the mayor to fund English classes. Comments (9)
Long Island City

Education activists angry over funding

At the Academy of Finance and Enterprise in Long Island City,Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a $25.8 billion education bill last week that left many public school education advocates in an uproar. Comments (1)
Bayside

Dinosaur takeover at New York Hall of Science

A life-sized T-Rex puppet invaded the New York Hall of Science last week for the science and technology center’s “Recipe for a Dinosaur” presentation. Comment
Education

Tuition-free initiative has room for improvement

U.S. Sen Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) may not have had the chance to become the president of the United States and help American public colleges across the country become tuition-free. But on April 10, with Sanders’ help, Gov. Andrew Cuomo was able to make that a reality for students attending CUNY and SUNY schools. Comments (12)
Letters

Gratitude to our mail carriers

I would like, at this time, to praise our men and women in the U.S.Postal Service whose tireless efforts bring us our mail everyday. Comments (6)

April, 2017

Flushing

Lancman funds music lessons for Flushing fourth-graders

Students at Flushing’s PS/MS 200 will now have access to music lessons, thanks to Councilman Rory I. Lancman (D-Hillcrest). Comment
Fresh Meadows

Controversial Townsend Harris principal outed by DOE

After months of turmoil at one of the top high schools in the city, Townsend Harris has found a permanent replacement for the interim principal whose ouster had been sought by students, parents and elected officials Comments (1)
Students and teachers at the elite Townsend Harris High School were putting a negative chapter of the school’s history behind them after it was announced Interim Principal Rosemarie Jahoda would be leaving May 1, with a new person taking a permanent role in the school’s leadership. Comments (4)
Letters

Earlier access needed at Gantry State Park

An open letter to state Sen. Gianaris. Comments (2)
Education

Boro schools cast vote in participatory budgeting

The votes have been cast in the schools of Council District 30, which includes parts of Glendale, Maspeth, Middle Village and Ridgewood, as part of a pilot program for educational participatory budgeting, the first program of its kind in the city. Comments (1)
Astoria

DOE clarifies Astoria G&T enrollment

Families in Astoria’s school district who will be ranking preferences for kindergarten enrollment for their children by the end of this month will also benefit from eventual automatic enrollment into middle school Gifted & Talented programs in the district, according to a letter from the district’s superintendent after elected officials and parents requested clarification. Comments (1)
Flushing Library has renovated its Children’s Room. Comments (1)
Education

Cuomo announces free college tuition program

The state budget agreed upon by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature will include a program to make CUNY and SUNY colleges and universities tuition-free for families making up to $125,000 a year, which Cuomo highlighted in last year’s State of the State address. Cuomo was joined by Hillary Clinton to sign the legislation at LaGuardia Community College Wednesday. Comments (1)
Editorial

Behold: Free college

The approval of the state budget In Albany ushered in a major milestone: free tuition for students at CUNY and the state university system. The ripple effect will be felt in the years to come as graduates enter the work force unburdened by heavy debt. Comment
Rhymes with Crazy

All work, no play: Not healthy for kids

Every day after school, and all day on weekends, kids run outside … to get to their soccer league, or ballet lesson, or origami boot camp. It’s all good, but here’s what it isn’t: Play. Comment
Letters

MTA approves projects to upgrade Queens subway stations

MTA officials have approved projects to upgrade a number of Queens subway stations, shorten the Canarsie Tunnel under the East River and begin the next phase of the 2nd Avenue subway. Comment
Flushing

John Bowne principal sued again

A Flushing principal who has settled over $500,000 in lawsuits is being sued again, this time by his vice principal who is accusing him of harassment. Marc Einsohn, vice principal at John Bowne High School, is suing the Department of Education and Principal Howard Kwait for allegedly punishing him after he spoke out against inflating student grades. Comments (5)
Jamaica

Queens HS for the Sciences holds Career Day

Students at Queens High School for the Sciences at York College got firsthand knowledge and advice from a wide array of career professionals at the school’s second annual Career Day Wednesday. Comment
Astoria

G&T elementary students retain automatic enrollment

Elementary school students in the Gifted & Talented programs at several schools in Astoria will continue to receive automatic enrollment into middle school G&T programs in the coming school year, the city Department of Education said. Parents and students have been up in arms over potential changes involving which students can enter the programs. Comment
Letters

A TimesLedger oversight

There are a few elected officials mentioned in the March 24 editorial “DOE Tunes Out” for their efforts to call out the lack of transparency in the Townsend Harris High School principal search. I wanted to flag that Assemblywoman Nily Rozic is missing from this list. Additionally, so is Congresswoman Grace Meng. The congresswoman joined our office, state Sen. Stavisky, and Council Member Lancman in one of the first letters that went out on Feb.16. Comment
Jamaica

Southeast Queens students supplied with computers

A nonprofit is helping southeast Queens students engage in learning outside of the classroom by supplying nearly 200 students from several area schools with free desktop computers. PowerMyLearning, based in Manhattan, offered parents and children a free computer supplied with educational software. The non-profit held two workshops March 11 and March 18. Comment

March, 2017

Jackson Heights

Calls to opt-out intensify as state testing begins

This week marked the testing days for the New York State English Language Arts exams, administered throughout the state. As with the past few years, the test dates coincided with calls to opt-out of the exams, with elected officials and parents calling for the Department of Education to follow a unanimous 2015 New York City Council resolution mandating that the DOE inform parents of a student’s right to boycott the test. Comments (1)
Letters

PS 186 cheers on state exam test takers

Along with helping students prepare for the state exams with Test Sophistication classes, Dr. Melissa Haidary, principal of The Castlewood School in Bellerose, sought to put an extra positive spin on test days. As students were dropped off for the first day of state testing, they were greeted by staff and students alike cheering them on to do their very best. Comments (1)
Education

DOE affirms that ICE agents will be kept at school doors

School staff will not allow federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents into New York City public schools or provide them with any information unless it is absolutely required by law, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday. Comments (1)
Editorial

DOE tunes out

Is anyone at the Department of Education listening to the parents, teachers, students at Townsend Harris High School in Flushing and their elected officials? Comment
Jackson Heights

Moya celebrates STEM funding

Jackson Heights

Moya celebrates STEM funding

A national organization of pharmaceutical firms throughout the country granted $2,000 to a Jackson Heights charter school to help bolster the school’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs. Comments (1)
Education

Students will choose how to spend funds

Education

Students will choose how to spend funds

A Queens councilwoman is taking the “participatory budgeting” process into the schools in her district, and has allocated more than $2 million to fund capital projects for 21 school communities. Comments (2)
Students in Queens’ northeastern schools suffer from a lack of adequate air conditioning, a problem they share with many students around the city, according to attendees and elected officials at a legislative breakfast for School District 26. Comments (4)
Long Island City

LaGuardia Community College president wins prestigious education award

Dr. Gail Mellow, the president of LaGuardia Community College, won the 2017 TIAA Institute Hesburgh Award for Leadership Excellence Monday, one of the most prestigious awards in American academia. Comment
Students at Townsend Harris High School engaged in a sit-in protest at the school Wednesday afternoon as a committee held its first meetings with potential applicants to fill the position of permanent principal. Comments (9)
Education

DOE announces new bilingual programs in Queens

The city’s Department of Education will be opening 24 new Dual Language and Transitional Bilingual Education programs in Queens schools this September, part of a citywide initiative to launch 68 new programs, the most additions at the start of a school year since 2010. Comments (4)
Education

Salaries, charters fuel education budget rise

Salary increases stipulated in a2014 contract settlement with the United Federation of Teachers, along with increased costs to non-Department of Education schools like charter schools, account for a $1.1 billion increase for education in the mayoral preliminary budget for the upcoming fiscal year, according to an analysis by the city’s Independent Budget Office. Comments (2)
Education

‘Warning Card’ expansion to keep more kids in class, out of court

A city program intended to keep students in the classroom and out of the courtroom for minor infractions is expanding to 34 new high schools on 11 campuses, including several in Queens. Comments (2)
Flushing

Townsend students rally at City Hall to oust interim principal

The ongoing battle over who should lead Townsend Harris High School escalated last Friday with another rally at City Hall and yet another elected official joining the call for the controversial interim principal’s ouster. Comments (2)
Education

Officials vow to protect transgender students

State and city laws protecting transgender rights in city schools will continue to be enforced, city officials vowed, despite the Trump administration’s revocation of federal protections last week. Comments (1)

February, 2017

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Pomonok

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 (3)
Education

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)
Opinion

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)
Education

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)
Flushing

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
Education

Lancman asks patrons to nominate libraries for city prize

City Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) is asking constituents to nominate one of four libraries in his district for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. The awards celebrate the vital role libraries play in local communities. Comment
Rosedale

Sanders hosts STEAM forum in Rosedale

Rosedale

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)
Flushing

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 (2)
Letters

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

Education

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
Flushing

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
Education

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)
Education

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)
Astoria

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)
Astoria

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)
Editorial

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

Flushing-born Max Kupferberg dies at 97

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

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)
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)

April, 2014

College Point is finally getting a middle school. Comments (1)

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