NYC schools

Department of Education: Gifted and talented classes will stay
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 4/17/2013 at 11:03AM

The Department of Education (DOE) has decided to withdraw its controversial plan to cut the gifted and talented classes at P.S. 122. after last week’s meeting with concerned parents, teachers and elected officials from across School District 30. “We’ve listened, and we know what an exceptional job P.S. 122 is doing with its G&T middle [...]

Schools Chancellor Walcott meets with parents over gifted and talented cuts
Schools Chancellor Walcott meets with parents over gifted and talented cuts
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 4/11/2013 at 5:06PM

True to his word, Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor Dennis Walcott met with parents, teachers and elected officials from across School District 30 to talk about the proposed cuts to the prestigious gifted and talented program at P.S. 122. “When families have a great experience in their school, we celebrate that and we appreciate the [...]

15 new schools to open in Queens next fall
15 new schools to open in Queens next fall
Education & Kids Maggie Hayes 4/08/2013 at 12:59PM

Education is expanding throughout the borough with 15 new schools opening this fall, announced Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and Mayor Michael Bloomberg. “With our new schools and school leaders, we’ll continue to provide our children with the opportunities they deserve,” said Bloomberg. Of the 15, two will be elementary schools, six middle schools, one school [...]

Schools Chancellor Walcott to meet with parents over gifted and talented cuts
Schools Chancellor Walcott to meet with parents over gifted and talented cuts
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 3/27/2013 at 12:05PM

After weeks protesting proposed cuts to the gifted and talented program at P.S. 122, the voices of the parents in District 30 have finally been heard by Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. The parents, along with other concerned and outraged school and community members, confronted Walcott at a Panel for Education Policy meeting in Brooklyn on [...]

Parents fight against gifted and talented cuts
Parents fight against gifted and talented cuts
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 3/12/2013 at 3:05PM

Don’t fix what’s not broken. That was the message echoed through P.S. 122’s auditorium on Wednesday, March 6, by concerned parents, school officials and local politicians looking to stop the gutting of the school’s prestigious gifted and talented classes. The “emergency meeting,” which brought over 500 attendees, was organized by the school’s PTA in response [...]

New schools to ease overcrowding in western Queens
New schools to ease overcrowding in western Queens
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 3/06/2013 at 2:38PM

Two new schools will help alleviate overcrowding in Jackson Heights and Corona in the next two years, according to the School Construction Authority (SCA). The first school, P.S. 287, is scheduled to debut this September at 110-08 Northern Boulevard in Corona. Located in District 24, the four-story building will serve pre-K through fifth grade and [...]

Queens Village high school students paint over the past
Queens Village high school students paint over the past
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 2/03/2013 at 9:24AM

Students at a struggling Queens Village high school are painting over their past, one locker at a time. Historical figures, sprawled across obsolete lockers at Martin Van Buren High School, have become symbolic of the new face of the changing school, students and administration said. “We’re basically trying to paint a picture of a whole [...]

Millions lost after teacher evaluation talks fail
Education & Kids Cristabelle Tumola 1/22/2013 at 2:18PM

City school students just got a hard lesson in how not to compromise. Millions of dollars in education money was lost after Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) failed to agree on a teacher evaluation system. They had until midnight on January 18 to reach a deal or schools would forfeit [...]

School bus strike may end this week
School bus strike may end this week
Education & Kids Cristabelle Tumola 1/20/2013 at 12:59PM

The school bus driver walkout that began Wednesday may be over as soon as early this week. According to the New York Daily News, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) is expected to rule on a formal complaint from the private bus companies that provide the yellow bus service. Those bus companies are claiming that the [...]