Katz names Queens representative on Panel for Educational Policy


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Photo courtesy Borough President Melinda Katz

Borough President Melinda Katz has picked Deborah Dillingham of Forest Hills to serve on the city’s Panel for Educational Policy.

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Fireworks at Panel for Educational Policy


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Wow! At first the Council for Educational Policy press conference on the Tweed steps began as a tame and tepid affair, but the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) meeting that followed it was fireworks! The Panel has no administrative or executive role. They advise the chancellor on policy, but except for the representative from Manhattan, […]

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DOE votes to bus more than 250 Woodside students to Astoria school


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

The Department of Education voted on Wednesday night to temporary relocate over 250 students from P.S.11 in Woodside to P.S. 171 in Astoria for the next three years.

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DOE postpones vote on temporary relocation plans of Woodside’s P.S. 11 students


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Photo Courtesy of Julianne O’Riordan

The Department of Education (DOE) announced the vote on a Woodside school’s partial co-location and re-siting has been postponed.

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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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Two more schools may move into I.S. 59


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THE COURIER/Photo by Maggie Hayes

Make room – one Springfield Gardens school could be the home for hundreds of more students come next fall. Intermediate School 59, located at 132-55 Ridgedale Street, is currently under capacity, utilizing about 60 percent of the building, according to enrollment statistics compiled by the Department of Education (DOE). This year, the school will begin […]

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Vote dates set for co-locating Queens schools


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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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Community concerned about crowded Cambria Heights’ Campus Magnet High School


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Parents and students worry that adding another school to Cambria Heights’ Campus Magnet High School could crowd artistic minds. The high school is home to four separate schools, all geared towards enhancing students’ artistic and professional ambitions. There is the Humanities and Arts Magnet High School; Law-Government High School; Business, Computer Applications and Entrepreneurship (BCAE) […]

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Panel votes to phase out two Queens schools, may still truncate third


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The Panel for Educational Policy voted early Tuesday morning to close two New York City public schools and phase out 22 more, including two Queens high schools, according to reports. The Law, Government and Community Service High School, and the Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School, both in Cambria Heights, will be phased out. The […]

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Parents, teachers, students fight to keep new schools out of Flushing HS


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Parents, teachers and students at an embattled Flushing school are fighting to keep the city out of their space. Scores of supporters gathered at Flushing High School to have their voices heard by the Department of Education (DOE) during an agency-hosted public hearing on February 28. The city plans to add a small district high […]

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DOE: Students can transfer out of failing schools


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Students in failing city schools will be allowed to transfer, the Department of Education said. The city is in the process of phasing out 39 struggling schools. The Panel for Educational Policy will vote in March on whether to phase out another 22, including three in Queens. The transfer option will give students a chance […]

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City plans to put new schools inside Flushing, Newtown high schools


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Students in two overcrowded Queens schools could soon learn a lesson in sharing. The city plans to place two new schools inside a scaled-down Flushing High School and an international school in Newtown High School, education officials said. The existing Flushing High School building would house a small district high school and another Chinese bilingual […]

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Three Queens high schools face closure


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THE COURIER/Photo by Steve Mosco

Three low-performing Queens high schools find themselves on the chopping block, including one school that was voted to close last year. Twenty-four struggling schools are currently being considered for closure by the Department of Education (DOE) after poor performances and low grades on city progress reports. Borough institutions Business, Computer Applications & Entrepreneurship High School, […]

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Students at saved Turnaround schools reflect on first day of classes


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

The first bell of the school year rang yesterday for a number of Queens high schools that were planned to lay dormant this year. Seven schools slated for Turnaround started classes on Thursday, September 6 after a nearly year-long battle to stay open. An arbitrator’s ruling to let all teachers keep their jobs and open […]

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