Students, lawmakers rally against Martin Van Buren High School co-location


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Queens lawmakers and dozens of students carrying picket signs rallied last week against the city’s plans to put another school inside the storied yet struggling Martin Van Buren High School. “We’ve been fighting so hard,” said Councilmember Mark Weprin. “We’ve made a lot of progress, but in the dead of night, in secret, they put […]

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Martin Van Buren High School co-location meeting to be held


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A public hearing to discuss the city’s plans to co-locate Martin Van Buren High School will be held next month, education officials said. The city’s Department of Education (DOE) has proposed adding a new early college within the struggling Queens Village school. The two schools would share the 230-17 Hillside Avenue building, including its gym, […]

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Martin Van Buren High School co-location met with protest


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

The city’s plans to add another school within a struggling Queens Village institution is a “knife in the back” to the community, elected officials said. “This is the wrong plan at the wrong time, in the wrong place, at the wrong school,” said Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik. The Department of Education (DOE) has proposed […]

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DOE withdraws co-location plans


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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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Queens High School of Teaching stomps on Martin Van Buren in hoops score


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

The Queens High School of Teaching (QHST) and Martin Van Buren High School boys’ varsity basketball teams entered the game with the same record, but Van Buren left with an upset. Despite the loss of powerhouse forward Sonny Okorie, the QHST Tigers (5-3) kicked off the first quarter with a 7-0 run. A series of quick turnovers on […]

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Cardozo boys basketball team still determined after losing star player


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

The Benjamin Cardozo boys basketball team want to prove to the people that doubt them this year that they are still good team, even after losing a top player.

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Op-ed: Co-location: What’s the rush?


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ASSEMBLYMEMBER DAVID WEPRIN Late last month the Department of Education’s Panel on Educational Policy voted on all co-location proposals. Martin Van Buren High, I.S. 59, August Martin High School, P.S. 40, J.H.S. 226, M.S. 72 and the Corona Arts and Sciences are the schools facing co-location in Queens. The Department of Education called off its […]

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Queens school co-locations approved


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Kids, make room. Nine borough school co-locations have been approved and are planned to go into effect by the next school year. For the 2014 to 2015 school year, co-location plans will be executed in Martin Van Buren High School, J.H.S. 226 on Rockaway Boulevard, P.S. 40 in Jamaica, J.H.S. 72 in Jamaica and Long […]

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More speak out against plans to put new school inside Martin Van Buren


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

More opponents have stepped up to fight the city and its plans to put an early college inside Martin Van Buren High School. “We’re finally climbing out of this rut we were dug into by the DOE,” said junior Sharon Kaur. “Our voices should be heard.” About 40 speakers signed up at an October 23 public […]

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College Point principal resigns after protests and allegations


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The so-called “terror-driven reign” of a College Point principal is over. Jennifer Jones-Rogers resigned as head of P.S. 29 last week, education officials confirmed, after dozens in the community urged the city to fire her earlier this summer. “I think that this is a step in the right direction, but it’s not everything,” said Gloria […]

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St. Francis Prep football team dominates in return to Queens


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

The St. Francis Preparatory High School football team has not hosted a game in Queens since 2006. The Terriers usually plays home games at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Nassau County, adjacent to the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. But this year the school was able to get permission to share the Martin Van Buren High School […]

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Vote dates set for co-locating Queens schools


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

The Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) will vote on four proposals to co-locate multiple Queens schools at the end of October. The PEP — made up of seven mayoral appointees and five representatives from each borough — will meet in Brooklyn on October 30 at 883 Classon Avenue to discuss a series of plans that […]

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Teachers, parents demand firing of College Point elementary school principal


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Several parents and teachers in College Point want the city to end what they claim is an elementary school principal’s terror-driven reign. They said Jennifer Jones-Rogers of P.S. 29 has wrongfully placed a handful of students in special education classes without notifying parents. Critics also say the administrator’s “hostile environment” has driven away droves of […]

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Martin Van Buren to get $4M in School Improvement Grants


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

A struggling Queens Village school will get more than $4 million in federal funds to bounce back this fall. Martin Van Buren High School and 21 others in the city were awarded $74.2 million in School Improvement Grants (SIG) to be used over three years, State Education Commissioner John King Jr. announced Friday. The state’s […]

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Star of Queens: Jackie Forrestal, Hillcrest Estates Civic Association


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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COMMUNITY SERVICE: Jackie Forrestal has been active in the Queens community for years. She is a board member of the Central Queens Historical Association. She also served on the St. Joseph’s Advisory Board until the facility closed in 2004. Forrestal is the corresponding secretary for the Hillcrest Estates Civic Association, while her husband Kevin is […]

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