Department of Education: Gifted and talented classes will stay


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

The Department of Education (DOE) has decided to withdraw its controversial plan to cut the gifted and talented classes at P.S. 122. after last week’s meeting with concerned parents, teachers and elected officials from across School District 30. “We’ve listened, and we know what an exceptional job P.S. 122 is doing with its G&T middle […]

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Award-winning Queens author Paul Volponi teaches Cardozo students, releases new book


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Freshman students in a Benjamin Cardozo High School English class got a special visit from an author who they may not be able to write off from their memories.

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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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Maspeth High School looks to tighten admission standards


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Photo courtesy of the Office of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley

Looking to take the cream of the high school crop, Maspeth High School is considering adopting new admission criteria, a local parent warned during Monday’s Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together (COMET) civic association meeting in Elmhurst.

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Sunnyside and Woodside parents petition for a new middle school


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Map courtesy of Sunnyside Woodside MSP

A group of parents from Sunnyside and Woodside have started a petition calling on city and school officials to bring a new middle school into District 30, which is known for its overcrowding schools.

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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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Mom plans $10M lawsuit after Queens teacher allegedly punches autistic boy


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The mother of an autistic 10-year-old boy wants to sue the Department of Education and city for $10 million after a St. Albans school teacher allegedly attacked her son in the classroom, according to published reports.

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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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Op-ed: Mayoral control — let’s get it right


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

BY SEN. JOSEPH P. ADDABBO JR.

It doesn’t happen often in government that we get a golden opportunity to broadly improve the education of our children, but with the expiration of mayoral control of our school system and the pending negotiations to extend it, we have only one clear mission — let’s get it right for the sake of our children.

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De Blasio bans Styrofoam citywide


| mmcgoldrick@homereporter.com

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Just one day after he lifted the ban on cell phones in city schools, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his administration’s newest “no” — a ban on single-use Styrofoam products such as “packing peanuts,” coffee cups and clamshell containers that some local residents seem to be getting behind.

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A year in photos: The Queens Courier looks back at 2014


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The Queens Courier is taking a look back at the year gone by, from the inauguration of a new mayor to the horrifying derailment of an F train under Queens Boulevard. The year saw more political ups and downs, tragedies and celebrations. Our high school basketball teams were champions and Queens was named the best place to visit in the nation.

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New law permits schools to close for more religious and cultural holidays


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo via UrbanUrban_ru/Flickr

For decades, the city closed schools for Christian and Jewish holidays but other religions’ holidays — like Eid al-Fitr and Diwali — didn’t receive the same benefit. But the passage of a new law backed by elected officials in Flushing is changing that.

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