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Whitestone school rumors met with rally
Whitestone school rumors met with rally
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 10/03/2013 at 11:45AM

Whitestone residents are upset they weren’t involved in the decision process after hearing rumors of a school coming to an abandoned six-acre lot in the heart of their community. After residents had seen city employees and School Construction Authority (SCA) surveyors measuring a vacant lot located along 150th Street and 5th Avenue, they began to [...]

Benjamin Cardozo High School students protest cuts to classes
Benjamin Cardozo High School students protest cuts to classes
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 10/02/2013 at 3:54PM

Scholars at Benjamin Cardozo High School are up in arms over an apparent $400,000 slash to programs cutting into the school’s Advanced Placement courses. “I think it’s ridiculous,” said senior Student Organization President Tom Dinegar. “We should not have to settle for less.” Students and local leaders said internal bookkeeping errors by the city’s Department [...]

Martin Van Buren High School co-location meeting to be held
Martin Van Buren High School co-location meeting to be held
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 9/18/2013 at 1:16PM

A public hearing to discuss the city’s plans to co-locate Martin Van Buren High School will be held next month, education officials said. The city’s Department of Education (DOE) has proposed adding a new early college within the struggling Queens Village school. The two schools would share the 230-17 Hillside Avenue building, including its gym, [...]

New state-of-the-art school facility opens in Long Island City
New state-of-the-art school facility opens in Long Island City
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 9/13/2013 at 12:51PM

The students of Long Island City’s P.S./I.S. 78 will now have a new place to learn and grow. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott met with local elected officials, parents, students and school leaders on September 12 to cut the ribbon on the new, state-of-the-art building, located at 46-08 5th Street, which will house P.S./I.S. 78 and [...]

New Corona school building to ease overcrowding
New Corona school building to ease overcrowding
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 8/30/2013 at 9:27AM

A new school in Corona is set to ease the burden of overcrowded classrooms in the area. According to the Department of Education (DOE), P.S. 330, currently located within a building at 86-37 53rd Avenue in Elmhurst, will move into a brand new location at 111-08 Northern Boulevard just in time for the beginning of [...]

New school opening in St. Albans
New school opening in St. Albans
Education & Kids Maggie Hayes 8/27/2013 at 1:23PM

A new elementary school is coming to St. Albans to help alleviate overcrowding in the neighborhood’s existing schools. The current St. Pascal Baylon Roman Catholic Church on 112th Avenue is being renovated into the new school, P.S. 892, and will welcome about 380 students. “Once P.S. 892 opens, it will help relieve the overcrowding currently [...]

Martin Van Buren to get $4M in School Improvement Grants
Martin Van Buren to get $4M in School Improvement Grants
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 7/29/2013 at 11:29AM

A struggling Queens Village school will get more than $4 million in federal funds to bounce back this fall. Martin Van Buren High School and 21 others in the city were awarded $74.2 million in School Improvement Grants (SIG) to be used over three years, State Education Commissioner John King Jr. announced Friday. The state’s [...]

DOE says enrollment cuts reflect trend at LIC High School
DOE says enrollment cuts reflect trend at LIC High School
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 6/28/2013 at 9:51AM

The Department of Education (DOE) has come under harsh criticism from members of Long Island City High School after announcing plans to cut enrollment. According to Ken Achiron, United Federation of Teachers (UFT) chapter leader at LIC High School, the DOE plans to cut the incoming ninth grade class from 1,000 to 440 students. He [...]

Walcott addresses overcrowding in Corona school
Education & Kids Liam La Guerre 6/27/2013 at 3:32PM

Parents and teachers at P.S. 143, the Louis Armstrong School, are overwhelmed by overcrowding and are clamoring for a solution. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott addressed the issue in a tense June 24 meeting in which parents and school officials were fuming over the two-decade-long problem. The Corona elementary school has a capacity of 900 students, [...]

NYC pilot to extend school day for sixth graders
NYC pilot to extend school day for sixth graders
Education & Kids Cristabelle Tumola 6/19/2013 at 10:40AM

The last bell will ring two and a half hours later for 2,000 of the city’s sixth graders starting this fall. A pilot program will provide additional literacy training at 20 middle schools with high-needs students, including five in Queens, according to the Department of Education (DOE). The schools are also part of a 40-school [...]