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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Idlewild Park set to get $3.5M education center


| mhayes@queenscourier.com

Idlewild Park is set to get revamped, adding a new, state-of-the-art 5,000-square-foot nature and education center. The potential construction area in Idlewild is an “incredible resource,” according to Blake Middleton of the award-winning Handel Architects LLP. Middleton is the head designer for the new, $3.5 million facility, working with both the Eastern Queens Alliance (EQA) […]

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Mixed feelings on Special Education Reform


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

Iris Rivera fears for the future of her son Nicholas’ education. The fourth-grade student, struggling with a learning disability, will matriculate with rest of the city’s student body through the upcoming Special Education Reform, set to roll out this fall. According to a representative from the Department of Education (DOE), beginning in September, kindergarten, sixth […]

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DOE Chancellor addresses education concerns


| aaltman@queenscourier.com

The auditorium at MS 137 filled with parents, teachers and administrators, clamoring to ask Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor Dennis Walcott questions about the future of their children’s education on Tuesday, May 15. Inquiries for the evening included childhood obesity, progress reports and Turnaround. One of the most heated topics discussed at the event was […]

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NEWS YOU CAN USE: Adult education fair on May 11


By Queens Courier Staff

NEWS YOU CAN USE Adult education fair Borough President Helen Marshall, Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilmember Leroy Comrie are holding an adult education fair on Wednesday, May 11. The fair will take place at the Workplace 1 Queens Career Center, 168-25 Jamaica Avenue. There will be classes in literacy, GED prep and English language. Pre-GED […]

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Remember higher education tax credits


By Queens Courier Staff

The American Opportunity Credit, a temporary replacement for the federal Hope Credit, provides a tax credit of up to $2,500 per student to offset qualified higher education expenses. Since every dollar of free money is one that will not have to come from more expensive sources, like loans, parents and students with higher education expenses […]

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Plan for education grant race – round two


| nrosenberg@queenscourier.com

After a lengthy application process, the United States Department of Education finally announced the first-round winners of its competition for federal education reform funding – and New York was not on the list. Although the Empire State was among 15 finalists in the Race to the Top grant program, which aims to overhaul American education, […]

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Gov plans education reforms to win grants


| nrosenberg@queenscourier.com

In an effort to maximize New York State’s chances of receiving hundreds of millions of dollars in federal grant funding, Governor David Paterson has issued a package of education reforms aimed at bolstering charter schools and addressing chronically under-performing institutions. With his eyes set on the $4 billion that the U.S. Department of Education has […]

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Isaac’s Education blog: No civic duty on company time


By Queens Courier Staff

When teachers are summoned for jury duty they should postpone their service until their vacation and take it then. That would demonstrate professionalism and save the taxpayers money. This proposal, which doesn’t even rise to the level of an April Fools Day joke, comes from the City Council, which has otherwise been on the right […]

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Isaac’s Education blog: Cerfing the (Conflicts of Interests) Net


By Queens Courier Staff

The New York Times reported on December 5 that the city’ s Conflicts of Interests Board had “found that a deputy chancellor solicited charitable contributions from executives of Edison Schools, am Education Department vendor for whom he once worked.” The deputy chancellor in question is Christopher Cerf, and the solicitations he made are forbidden. Although […]

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Isaac’s education blog: Turkey Day inspiration


By Queens Courier Staff

Thanksgiving Day stands alone among American holidays. Its inspiration is timeless and universal and it lends itself to teaching across all curriculums and cultures. There’s nothing about that holiday that is irksome to anybody regardless of national, political, or religious ideology. And its original meaning has not been eroded by entrepreneurs or braggarts of any […]

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Isaac’s Education blog: Fair is foul and foul is fair


By Queens Courier Staff

The story is relatively fresh but reading it leaves a bitter aftertaste and foul whiff that is vintage Chancellor Klein. The New York Times on October 22 reported that a librarian at Brooklyn Tech High School, a veteran of 39 years as an educator, was fined $500 by the city’s Conflict of Interests Board because […]

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Isaac’s Education blog: Abracadabra


By Queens Courier Staff

Yanking their pet demon, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), out of their bayonet-lined hats is the piece de resistance of the Department of Education’s (DOE) traveling Black Magic Expo. Practicing their art, this posse of CSI sorcerers have lifted their own prints from every “crime scene” on the educational landscape and replaced them with […]

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