Department of Education: Gifted and talented classes will stay


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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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Schools Chancellor Walcott meets with parents over gifted and talented cuts


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Photo courtesy of Ana Musmat Alam

True to his word, Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor Dennis Walcott met with parents, teachers and elected officials from across School District 30 to talk about the proposed cuts to the prestigious gifted and talented program at P.S. 122. “When families have a great experience in their school, we celebrate that and we appreciate the […]

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Schools Chancellor Walcott to meet with parents over gifted and talented cuts


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Isaac Carmignani

After weeks protesting proposed cuts to the gifted and talented program at P.S. 122, the voices of the parents in District 30 have finally been heard by Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. The parents, along with other concerned and outraged school and community members, confronted Walcott at a Panel for Education Policy meeting in Brooklyn on […]

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Parents fight against gifted and talented cuts


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

Don’t fix what’s not broken. That was the message echoed through P.S. 122’s auditorium on Wednesday, March 6, by concerned parents, school officials and local politicians looking to stop the gutting of the school’s prestigious gifted and talented classes. The “emergency meeting,” which brought over 500 attendees, was organized by the school’s PTA in response […]

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Outrage over fewer gifted and talented seats at Queens school


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Photo courtesy of Deborah Alexander

As her son Augustus began kindergarten in the city’s gifted and talented program at Sunnyside’s P.S. 150, Deborah Alexander was excited at the thought he would eventually be enrolling in the prestigious middle school program known as The Academy at P.S.122 in Astoria. Yet the excitement turned to concern as the Department of Education revealed […]

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Parents fume over dwindling gifted and talented program


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Expanding demand and dwindling supply of middle school gifted and talented seats in Long Island City have parents fuming over the possibility of their children getting dropped from the program. Kids from P.S. 122 and P.S. 150 were previously promised seats through 8th grade, filtering into the middle school program at P.S. 122. In line […]

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Local leaders applaud city’s call to save Gifted & Talented seats


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Local leaders are hailing the city’s decision to allow all District 26 elementary school students enrolled in Gifted & Talented programs to be grandfathered into middle school programs.

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST Tuesday: Mostly cloudy in the morning, then overcast with a chance of rain. High of 70. Winds from the East at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tuesday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 54. Winds from the ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. […]

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Flushing public school is first in city to serve all-vegetarian menu five days a week


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A Queens elementary school has become the first public school in the city to serve an all-vegetarian menu five days a week P.S. 244, the Active Learning Elementary School, in Flushing, is also believed to be one of the first public schools in America to do so, said the Department of Education (DOE). “I am […]

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15 new schools to open in Queens next fall


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NYC Mayor's Office Flickr/Photo by Edward Reed

Education is expanding throughout the borough with 15 new schools opening this fall, announced Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “With our new schools and school leaders, we’ll continue to provide our children with the opportunities they deserve,” said Bloomberg. Of the 15, two will be elementary schools, six middle schools, one school […]

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Jamaica school wins fight to stay open


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Photo courtesy of P.S. 140

The Department of Education (DOE) has taken Jamaica’s Public School 140 off the chopping block. “There are a lot of good things happening here,” said Principal David Norment. Since taking over as principal last school year, Norment has made significant changes to the K-5 school, changes that were not evident on the latest DOE progress […]

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New schools to ease overcrowding in western Queens


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Renderings courtesy of SCA

Two new schools will help alleviate overcrowding in Jackson Heights and Corona in the next two years, according to the School Construction Authority (SCA). The first school, P.S. 287, is scheduled to debut this September at 110-08 Northern Boulevard in Corona. Located in District 24, the four-story building will serve pre-K through fifth grade and […]

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Report: Only one Pre-K seat for every five applicants in Queens


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Image courtesy of the Office of Bill de Blasio

Not enough of the city’s school four-year-olds are going to pre-kindergarten, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio announced in a new study, especially in Queens. For Queens, this means that for every five applicants there is one Pre-K seat –- effectively leaving many tots without the early education the public advocate believes they need. Two of […]

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Maspeth mom looking for answers after kindergartner leaves school unnoticed


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Five-year-old Angelo Geremia pushed open his school doors, walked home in the pouring rain with no coat, and nobody noticed. “I just don’t understand what happened,” said his mother, Georgina Geremia. “Something upset him to make him leave, and no one was watching him.” Geremia got a call on Wednesday, February 27, from her neighbor […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Many Queens day care centers operating illegally


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Stock photo

A little known law may be keeping some Queens day care centers from operating legally, The Courier has learned. Permits from the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH), a certificate of occupancy from the Department of Buildings and a fire inspection pass are needed for city child care providers who fall under certain categories. […]

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