DOE proposes rezoning plan to ease overcrowding at Jackson Heights school


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Map Courtesy of the Department of Education

One middle school in Jackson Heights may soon be less crowded.

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District 30 rezoning pending, call for more schools


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Parents, teachers and community members met at P.S. 149 in Jackson Heights to discuss the rezoning of school district 30, instead they were met with a new proposed Five-Year Capital Plan by the Department of Education’s School Construction Authority (SCA). The community had been awaiting the rezoning decision for eight schools in District 30, starting […]

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Thirteen in Queens win ‘N’ Word essay contest


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Queens students claimed 13 of the 17 awards given for the first annual Black History Month Essay Contest for middle school students sponsored by Councilmember Leroy Comrie in conjunction with his recent call for a symbolic moratorium on the use of the “N” word to be declared by the City Council. Open to New York […]

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Baker’s dozen in Queens win ‘N’ Word essay contest


| kjames@queenscourier.com


Queens students claimed 13 of the 17 awards given for the first annual Black History Month Essay Contest for middle school students sponsored by Councilmember Leroy Comrie in conjunction with his recent call for a symbolic moratorium on the use of the “N” word be declared by the City Council. Open to New York City […]

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Jackson Heights schoolyard is 200th to become playground


| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com

Renderings Courtesy of the Parks Department

One of the city’s most congested communities is getting a little extra room to breathe. Schoolyards at P.S. 69 and I.S. 145 in Jackson Heights are being transformed into student-designed playgrounds that will be open to the public on weekdays after school until dusk and on weekends from 8 a.m. to dusk. The renovations aim […]

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Ebanks commits to West Virginia after re-opening recruitment


| zbraziller@queenscourier.com


Devin Ebanks spent more than enough time over the last three months figuring out where he was going to go, so when he finally made up his mind last Sunday morning, the rangy 6-foot-8 Long Island City product made his announcement with the least possible fanfare. At halftime of the I.S. 8 finals in South […]

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Glen Oaks campus named for Padavan


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About three dozen educators and community activists braved pouring rain and a hail of political criticism to join City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, and Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott in honoring Senator Frank Padavan, by naming a Glen Oaks educational campus after him. The Glen Oaks campus, which is the home to the magnet Queens High […]

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Klein awards ‘excellence’ funds to Queens schools


| csantucci@queenscourier.com


Youngsters at P.S. 46 in Bayside gearing up for a round of standardized testing recently got to practice their responses with the city school system’s head honcho during his visit to announce that the school had earned “excellence” bucks for high performance. On Thursday, January 3, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein stopped by The Alley Pond […]

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$61.7 million present for boro schools


| csantucci@queenscourier.com


The holidays came early for 14 Queens schools, including 10 high schools, all of which will receive more than $1 million each through the distribution of New York State’s Contract for Excellence - designed to fund overcrowded institutions or schools in need of improvement and hold administrators accountable. In total, $61.7 million has been slated […]

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Man convicted in 2004 retaliation murder


| tcimino@queenscourier.com


A former Queens resident has been convicted of murder for a 2004 triple shooting outside of I.S. 8 in Jamaica. “In seeking retaliation for the shooting death of his brother, the defendant took the law into his own hands and dangerously fired his weapon outside of Intermediate School 8,” said District Attorney Richard A. Brown. […]

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Youssef children get school bus back


| csantucci@queenscourier.com


No more MetroCards for the Youssef children, who were featured in The Queens Courier cover story on Thursday, February 8. The Department of Education (DOE) called Ahmed Youssef on Monday, February 12, to tell him his 5-, 6-, and 8-year-old daughters, who had lost school bus service in January, would be provided with a ride […]

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