Teachers need a contract


| letters@queenscourier.com

As the new school year nears, the teachers in our public school system still do not have a new, fair and affordable contract. WHY? There is absolutely no logical or justifiable reason for the Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers to still not have an agreement regarding a new contract. Why are both sides […]

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Teachers, parents demand firing of College Point elementary school principal


| mchan@queenscourier.com

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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Turnaround teachers back to work


| brennison@queenscourier.com

The city, winless in its court battles over Turnaround schools, plans to continue its fight after another loss, just weeks away from classes commencing. State Supreme Court Justice Joan Lobis upheld an arbitrator’s ruling that deemed the Department of Education’s Turnaround plan violated teachers’ contracts, allowing the educators to return to the classroom. Under the […]

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City budget passed; Teachers, firehouses spared


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The City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to a budget agreement on June 24 that would save teachers’ jobs and avert the closure of four fire companies in Queens. “We’re overjoyed that a budget agreement was reached. We feel like we dodged a bullet,” said Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents Block Association. […]

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Teachers, firehouses spared in budget


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The City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to a budget agreement on June 24 that would save teachers’ jobs and avert the closure of four fire companies in Queens. “We’re overjoyed that a budget agreement was reached. We feel like we dodged a bullet,” said Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents Block Association. […]

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Teachers remain in jeopardy


| bdoda@queenscourier.com

The budget deal approved on March 31 – which includes a historic $1.33 billion cut to education and the possibility of massive citywide layoffs – has drawn admiration for its promptness and criticism for its stinginess. Though the new budget addresses the $10 billion state deficit without raising taxes or borrowing money, elected officials and […]

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Teachers remain in jeopardy


| bdoda@queenscourier.com

The budget deal approved on March 31 – which includes a historic $1.33 billion cut to education and the possibility of massive citywide layoffs – has drawn admiration for its promptness and criticism for its stinginess. Though the new budget addresses the $10 billion state deficit without raising taxes or borrowing money, elected officials and […]

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Plan to award cash bonuses to teachers


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Teachers in high-need schools will receive cash bonuses of $3,000 as a reward for improving their school’s academic success. The new incentive was announced on Wednesday, October 17, by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein and United Federation of Teachers (UFT) President Randi Weingarten. The incentive bonuses will be paid to teachers at 200 […]

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