Grover Cleveland High School Protests Turnaround


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Students and faculty gathered outside Grover Cleveland High School to tell the mayor not to “turn” his back on their school. The Ridgewood high school currently sits on the list of high schools to be “turned around,” which involves the closure and immediate reopening of the school under a different name, along with the replacement […]

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Grover Cleveland High School Gives Back


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I would like to thank the staff and students of Grover Cleveland High School for hosting the Fall Festival on Friday, October 28 for the students and parents of P.S. 153.  Everyone who attended had a great time. The students from Grover Cleveland really put in a lot of effort and time to make it a […]

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Students at saved Turnaround schools reflect on first day of classes


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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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16 Queens schools face shutdown by state


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After seven Queens high schools won a nearly yearlong battle with the city to remain open, the institutions — along with 10 other borough schools — find themselves on a state list of schools that need to shape up or shut down. New York state education officials unveiled a list of 123 schools in the […]

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Grover Cleveland spared: Now the work begins, say teachers


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As dozens of students, faculty, supporters and alumni stepped to the microphone during Grover Cleveland High School’s public hearing last month — determined to have their voices heard — many were resigned to the fact that their shouts would fall on deaf ears. But their raucous rallies were heard loud and clear. Hours before the […]

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Seven Queens high schools to close: staff says turnaround shows ‘no democracy’


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Seven high schools in Queens — and 17 more throughout the city — had their fates sealed after the Panel for Educational Policy (PEP) voted to close the schools on April 26. Under the Turnaround plan, the schools — August Martin, Bryant, Flushing, John Adams, Long Island City (L.I.C), Newtown and Richmond Hill — will […]

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Seven Queens high schools to close


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Seven Queens high schools had their fates sealed and doors closed by a Panel of Educational Policy (PEP) vote last night in Brooklyn. The schools — August Martin, Bryant, Flushing, John Adams, Long Island City, Newtown and Richmond Hill — will close at the end of this semester and reopen in the fall under a […]

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Grover Cleveland saved from closure


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Hours before the Panel for Educational Policy meeting to decide the fate of 26 city schools, the Department of Education removed Grover Cleveland High School from the list ensuring its survival. Under the turnaround model the Ridgewood school would have closed and reopened under a new name with up to half the teachers being replaced. […]

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Assemblymember Cathy Nolan pleads for Grover Cleveland


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THE COURIER/photo by Billy Rennison

“It can’t happen, it just can’t happen,” said Assemblymember Cathy Nolan as she shook her head at the thought of her alma mater, Grover Cleveland High School, closing its doors. A similar scenario 35 years ago helped launch Nolan’s political aspirations. In the mid-70s, during the city’s fiscal crisis, there was a push to shut […]

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Thousands of Grover Cleveland supporters tell DOE to keep school open


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THE COURIER/Photo by Billy Rennison

More than 1,000 supporters packed Grover Cleveland High School’s auditorium to have their voices heard by Department of Education (DOE) officials. And as each of the more than 50 speakers stepped to the microphone, they made one thing clear — closing the school is not an option. Grover Cleveland is one of 26 high schools […]

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Turnaround proposals submitted for eight Queens high schools


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Elected officials are refusing to “turn” the other cheek on the city’s plan to overhaul a number of high schools throughout the borough. The Department of Education (DOE) has submitted proposals to Turnaround eight high schools – Flushing, William Cullen Bryant, Long Island City, Newtown, Grover Cleveland, August Martin, Richmond Hill and John Adams – […]

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Eight high schools to ‘Turnaround’


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THE COURIER/photo by Billy Rennison

The city’s failure to successfully negotiate with the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) may spell doom for more than half a dozen high schools across Queens — including the subtraction of half their educators. Due to the inability of the two parties to come to an agreement regarding teacher evaluations, the Department of Education (DOE) […]

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High School Basketball Roundup


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The Springfield Gardens Golden Eagles (11-2) beat the Franklin K. Lane Knights (4-9) by a score of 52-46. For the Knights, senior Kalil Johnson led the team with 16 points. Three Knights’ players scores eight points and junior Eugene Thwaites Jr. almost achieved a triple-double with eight points, 10 rebounds and seven assists. Senior Gaoussou […]

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Schools may close due to under performance


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The Department of Education (DOE) continues its quest to phase-out failing schools. DOE announced that it would possibly close down 47 schools citywide, including 12 in Queens, for their low performance. The schools could close as early as the summer. “Too many kids are stuck in failing schools,” said Jack Zarin-Rosenfeld, a DOE spokesperson. “Right […]

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