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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New legislation to protect Astoria school from ‘disruptive’ subway noise


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

Members of one Astoria school, located about 50 feet away from a subway platform, are hoping a new proposed bill will help bring “peaceful learning.”

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Rego Park special needs school closing, displacing vulnerable students


| slicata@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Salvatore Licata

A Rego Park school for children with special needs closes on Friday and many of the disabled students of the year-round school have nowhere to go, family members told The Courier.

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Five city trees illegally chopped at former Bayside Hills gardening center site


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Five city-owned trees with an estimated value of more than $340,000 saw the buzzer last week, resulting in complaints from residents and possible criminal charges and fines from the Parks Department.

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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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Stats show universal pre-K’s limited reach in western, central Queens


| ejankiewicz@queenscourier.com

Photo by Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

Only 30 percent of 4-year-olds in parts of western and central Queens got into the pre-K of their choice, the lowest percentage of matched applicants in all of New York City.

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Avonte Oquendo’s mom files suit against city: reports


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The mother of Avonte Oquendo has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, charging various agencies and individuals with negligence leading to the death of the 14-year-old autistic teen, according to published reports.

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Free lunches for kids to be distributed at Queens libraries this summer


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photo by Liam La Guerre

Twenty-two Queens Library locations, in partnership with the Department of Education, will be distributing free summer meals to children and teens 18 years and under from June 27 to August 29.

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12th Annual Top Women in Business Awards draws nearly 1,000


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Allen Ngai

This year The Queens Courier’s 12th Annual Top Women in Business Awards & Networking event at Terrace on the Park broke records as close to 1,000 people came out to celebrate the accomplishments of the leading women of the Queens business world.

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EXCLUSIVE: P.S. 117 finds its heroes, $7K donated by community organizations


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

P.S. 117 may not need to wait for Superman any longer to save graduation. The Queens Chamber of Commerce and the Briarwood Latchkey Generation Facebook group stepped up to contribute about $7,000 together to help save the cash-strapped school.

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Parents of P.S. 117 students seeking donations to fund school’s graduation


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

P.S. 117 parents started a crowd funding page on giveforward.com, hoping to raise about $4,500, which is needed so the nearly 170 graduating fifth-graders can receive caps and gowns, yearbooks and a senior prom.

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