Councilman gives $500K technology grant to southeast Queens schools


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THE COURIER/Photo by Salvatore Licata

Upgrading technology in schools has become a top priority for Councilman Donovan Richards, who says there is a technology gap for children of color. To help close this gap he has allocated over $500,000 to four schools in southeast Queens.

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Maspeth High School looks to tighten admission standards


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Photo courtesy of the Office of Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley

Looking to take the cream of the high school crop, Maspeth High School is considering adopting new admission criteria, a local parent warned during Monday’s Communities of Maspeth and Elmhurst Together (COMET) civic association meeting in Elmhurst.

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Forest Hills second-grader to represent city in national kids chess championship


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Photo courtesy U.S. Chess National

Seven-year-old Amelie Phung is headed to California with her father Tam this weekend when she will play in a national chess tournament. If she makes the right moves on the chess board, Amelie could win a chance to represent the USA at the World Chess Championship in Greece.

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Community leaders urge BP to focus on creating new schools throughout Queens


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THE COURIER/Angy Altamirano

Community leaders from across the borough urged Borough President Melinda Katz to push for school expansions during a budget meeting on Monday. Katz is in the process of developing the Queens budget for 2016, and she invited the public to comment on what mattered to them and their priorities for 2016.

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Ridgewood pol to state: Stop shortchanging public schools


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Photo by Anthony Giudice

Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan of Ridgewood, along with fellow lawmakers, educators, parents and students, rallied on the steps of City Hall Thursday morning demanding that Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers pay $2.5 billion owed to New York City public schools.

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Sunnyside and Woodside parents petition for a new middle school


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Map courtesy of Sunnyside Woodside MSP

A group of parents from Sunnyside and Woodside have started a petition calling on city and school officials to bring a new middle school into District 30, which is known for its overcrowding schools.

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Queens College recognized as a ‘best value college’ for affordable cost


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Photo courtesy of Queens College

Queens College, located at 65-30 Kissena Blvd., was named a 2015 Best Value College by the Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine for the first time. This ranking identifies four-year schools that bring together outstanding academic with affordable costs.

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In Glendale, schools chancellor calls for parents to get involved


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Photo courtesy of Councilwoman's Elizabeth Crowley's office

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña came to Glendale’s P.S. 91 on Wednesday urging parents to seek seats on education councils and become more involved in their local public schools.

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Watch Rego Park woman compete in ‘Jeopardy!’ Teachers Tournament semifinals


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Photos courtesy of Jeopardy Productions, Inc.

Bay Ridge Prep fifth-grade teacher and Rego Park resident Erin McLaughlin was chosen to compete on the annual “Jeopardy!” Teachers Tournament.

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Astoria mom teaches baby sign language to begin communication between child and parents


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Photos courtesy of Rebecca Raymond

Parents in Astoria will now be able to figure out what their babies want before they even learn how to speak.

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Merrick Academy gets renewed five-year lease


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Giving parents an educational option within a neighborhood that deals with economic challenges is vital to the success of the children living there, said Staci White, chief of operations at Merrick Academy, which recently received a new five-year lease with the city.

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Pressure builds to expand school program in northern Queens and Whitestone


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

A push to expand programs for gifted and talented students into middle schools in a northern Queens district has the support of local elected officials and at least 500 parents who have signed petitions backing the effort.

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Parents of Astoria Catholic school slated to close tell church officials: ‘Give us a chance’


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Almost two weeks after learning that Most Precious Blood Catholic School in Astoria will be shuttered at the end of the school year, parents of the students are begging for one last chance to raise enough money to fix the building and keep it open.

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