Chancellor Dennis Walcott

Two Queens schools awarded Blue Ribbon
Two Queens schools awarded Blue Ribbon
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 12/04/2012 at 2:35PM

There is much ado about being blue at two Queens schools. P.S. 203 in Oakland Gardens and P.S. 191 in Floral Park were named Blue Ribbon schools by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) this year. The borough’s high performing schools join three others in the city — Brooklyn’s P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry School, [...]

Chancellor Dennis Walcott speaks about Turnaround, special ed reform at forum
Chancellor Dennis Walcott speaks about Turnaround, special ed reform at forum
Education & Kids Alexa Altman 5/23/2012 at 12:12PM

Concerned parents spoke out about special education reform, set to sweep the city this fall, at a recent Community Education Council 27 forum featuring Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor Dennis Walcott. While the hot topic dominated most of the evening’s conversation at M.S. 137 in Ozone Park, parents, teachers and administrators inquired about a gamut [...]

Parents, students, staff say Closing Flushing High School ‘Not A Solution’
Parents, students, staff say Closing Flushing High School ‘Not A Solution’
News Melissa Chan 4/26/2012 at 11:24AM

While graduation rates at Flushing High School have climbed over the years — and education officials praised some of the school’s “areas of strength” — the extra credit points may not be enough to save the embattled institution. Hundreds of supporters — sporting anti-Mayor Bloomberg pins — packed Flushing’s auditorium to have their voices heard [...]

Is Ridgewood set to get a new school?
Is Ridgewood set to get a new school?
News Jay Lane 4/20/2012 at 12:55PM

Kids in a crowded Queens neighborhood will have more room to expand their minds when a new school opens in Ridgewood — though they will have to wait three years. More than 100 parents attended a public hearing on Tuesday, April 10 held by Community Board 5’s education committee at P.S. 305 on Seneca Avenue, [...]

Community says changing the name of August Martin HS destroys legacy
News Billy Rennison 4/18/2012 at 9:26AM

For students and graduates of August Martin High School, the name’s significance far surpasses letters emblazoned on the front of a school building. It exemplifies legacy, tradition and achievement. It represents a man that everyone that walks through the doors can look to as an example of triumph. In 1971, the school’s named was changed [...]

Watch Mayor Bloomberg dance to Lady Gaga in State of the City intro video
Watch Mayor Bloomberg dance to Lady Gaga in State of the City intro video
News Billy Rennison 1/13/2012 at 9:47AM

Before Mayor Michael Bloomberg made his way to the podium for his 11th State of the City speech, he was introduced by a short, entertaining video chronicling his “journey” to get to this year’s speech.  Along the way he poked fun at himself — he danced to Lady Gaga who helped him ring in the [...]

Two Queens schools may be targeted for closure
Education & Kids Billy Rennison 10/05/2011 at 2:17PM

A month after new Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott put underperforming middle schools on notice, a list of 20 schools targeted for potential closure was released. Every school but one on the list received a “D” or an “F” on the school progress reports that were released in September. Two Queens schools find their name on [...]