Dennis Walcott

DEP fights car idling near city schools
DEP fights car idling near city schools
Health Sarah Yu 6/01/2012 at 8:01AM

Soon, some Queens kids will be able to breathe a little easier. In honor of Asthma Awareness Month, a two-week long campaign from the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) called “Stop Idling” will be enforced through June 6. “Stop Idling” will target areas around P.S. 206 in Rego Park; P.S. 220 in Forest Hills; P.S. [...]

DOE Chancellor addresses education concerns
News Alexa Altman 5/16/2012 at 12:06PM

The auditorium at MS 137 filled with parents, teachers and administrators, clamoring to ask Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor Dennis Walcott questions about the future of their children’s education on Tuesday, May 15. Inquiries for the evening included childhood obesity, progress reports and Turnaround. One of the most heated topics discussed at the event was [...]

UFT sues to prevent school closings
UFT sues to prevent school closings
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 5/07/2012 at 5:40PM

The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators (CSA) are hoping to “turnaround” the city’s decision to close 24 schools in court. The organizations filed suit today in State Supreme Court, seeking a temporary restraining order and injunction until issues surrounding the Department of Education’s (DOE) Turnaround plan can [...]

Grover Cleveland saved from closure
Grover Cleveland saved from closure
News Billy Rennison 4/26/2012 at 1:02PM

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. [...]

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, [...]

Final Chapter For Flushing?
Final Chapter For Flushing?
News Melissa Chan 4/20/2012 at 10:32AM

Local leaders rallied to save Flushing High School before the city closes the book on the storied 137-year-old institution. Elected officials and education advocates gathered in front of the school to protest a possible Turnaround — which would mean replacing half of the teachers and reopening the school under a new name. “Closing Flushing High [...]

Class in session: City to get 54 new schools, two in Queens
Education & Kids Michael Pantelidis 4/19/2012 at 12:41PM

Spring may signify new beginnings, but schools will be “bloom”ing this fall. Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott on April 17 to announce the opening of 54 new schools across the city for the 2012-2013 school year. The new schools – 30 of which will be run by the district, along with 24 [...]

Teacher evaluations shed light on effectiveness
News Michael Pantelidis 2/28/2012 at 3:53PM

Grades given by the Department of Education (DOE) show more than 500 teachers may have failed to effectively educate their students. According to published accounts, the DOE’s Teacher Data Reports have identified 521 English and math teachers who produced the smallest student gains between 2007 and 2010. The reports, which use a value-added approach to [...]

Queens teacher had ‘pattern of inappropriate conduct’
News Steve Mosco 2/21/2012 at 12:33PM

A teacher who had “shown a pattern of inappropriate conduct,” but was allowed to teach anyway, has been charged with sexually abusing two young boys on multiple occasions at P.S. 174 in Rego Park. Wilbert Cortez, a 49-year-old computer teacher at William Sydney Mount School, was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual misconduct against [...]

Whitney Houston funeral: mourners pay tribute to legendary singer at Newark church
Whitney Houston funeral: mourners pay tribute to legendary singer at Newark church
News Michael Pantelidis 2/18/2012 at 3:18PM

Whitney Houston funeral: mourners pay tribute to legendary singer at Newark church The silver casket bearing Whitney Houston glistened Saturday inside her old Newark church, where a star-studded crowd bid farewell to the departed diva with the divine voice. “What becomes of our broken hearts?” asked her “Bodyguard” co-star Kevin Costner in a moving memorial. [...]