New CTE and STEM initiatives coming to NYC public schools


| slicata@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilman Rory Lancman

Strengthening core curriculum in public schools that gives students a head start on preparing for college and careers is a major focus of the New York City schools chancellor this year.

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Koo: Mayor broke promise to make Lunar New Year a school holiday


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

De Blasio announced last week that two Muslim holidays, Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha, would be added to the public school’s calendar as a holiday that will suspend school for two days. But Councilman Peter Koo said that the de Blasio administration promised him the same designation for Lunar New Year, a holiday that was recently celebrated, among others, by Flushing’s Asian community.

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In Glendale, schools chancellor calls for parents to get involved


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Councilwoman's Elizabeth Crowley's office

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña came to Glendale’s P.S. 91 on Wednesday urging parents to seek seats on education councils and become more involved in their local public schools.

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Pressure builds to expand school program in northern Queens and Whitestone


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

A push to expand programs for gifted and talented students into middle schools in a northern Queens district has the support of local elected officials and at least 500 parents who have signed petitions backing the effort.

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DOT launches annual ‘Bike to School’ competition


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of East-West School of International Studies

The wheels have started to go round in this year’s Department of Transportation competition aiming to inspire safe bicycling and active transportation alternatives in students throughout the city.

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Residents nervous about Glendale homeless shelter impact on schools


| slicata@queenscourier.com

THE QUEENS COURIER/ Photo by Salvatore Licata

Hundreds of residents voiced concerns of potentially overcrowded schools at a forum on the impact of a proposed homeless shelter in Glendale.

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No response to letter


| letters@queenscourier.com

On February 28, 2014, the Auburndale Improvement Association, Inc. sent Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña a letter requesting to meet with her regarding PS 130, located at 200-01 42 Avenue, Bayside, Queens.  To date, we have received no response from her or anyone on her staff.  The letter was sent certified, return receipt requested, so we […]

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Standards for school superintendents


| letters@queenscourier.com

Chancellor Carmen Fariña is requiring school superintendents to re-apply for their jobs. She is also setting a minimum of seven years as an educator as a qualification and reinstating the former stipulation that superintendents be mature adults. Currently, many of the division heads and policymaking executives at the Department of Education only a few birthdays […]

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Eight Queens schools chosen for new program


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Eight Queens public schools have been named to participate in an innovative redesign that bends the traditional protocols, officials announced on Monday.

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST: Thursday: Abundant sunshine. High 58. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 mph. Thursday night: Mainly clear. Low 49. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 mph.

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Mayor in a school daze


| vmimoni@queenscourier.com

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks in the ongoing schoolyard boxing match – not yet a brawl because the gloves haven’t come off – pitting the mayor’s height and reach against the governor, a compact fighter with lots of power. Hizzoner traveled upstate on Tuesday, March 4, to spar another round and learned the […]

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DOE withdraws co-location plans


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ File Photo

From the 49 co-location proposals released last year for schools all around the city, the Department of Education (DOE) has announced it will be withdrawing nine and revising one

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