Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott

Majority of Queens schools score well on progress reports
Education & Kids Cristabelle Tumola 11/18/2013 at 2:52PM

The majority of Queens schools scored high on the Department of Education’s (DOE) recently released progress reports. Out of the 62 Queens high schools that were issued 2012-2013 progress reports, 31 earned As, 16 Bs, 6 Cs, 5 Ds and 4 Fs. The highest scoring institution was Long Island City’s Academy for Careers in Television [...]

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 [...]

Hunter’s Point South school building opens
Hunter’s Point South school building opens
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 9/09/2013 at 3:50PM

Lights, camera, action on the new school year and the opening of a brand new school building in Long Island City. Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott met with local elected officials, representatives and school leaders on Monday to take a tour of the new Hunter’s Point Campus, located at 1-50 51st Avenue, on the first day [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Queens’ Morning Roundup
News Cristabelle Tumola 8/05/2013 at 7:52AM

TODAY’S FORECAST  Monday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 81. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph. Monday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 72. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. EVENT OF THE DAY: Free screening of Despicable Me at Astoria Park Central Astoria Local Development Coalition Inc. presents movie night [...]

Howard Beach school without fire alarm system since Sandy
Howard Beach school without fire alarm system since Sandy
Education & Kids Maggie Hayes 7/30/2013 at 1:35PM

The Howard Beach community and concerned parents are tired of dealing with a hot issue at local school P.S. 207. When Sandy swept through the region, it took the school’s fire alarm system with it. Since reopening on January 2, the school has operated without any fire alarm. “First their homes are destroyed, now they [...]

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 [...]

Martin Van Buren High School co-location met with protest
Martin Van Buren High School co-location met with protest
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 7/16/2013 at 2:37PM

The city’s plans to add another school within a struggling Queens Village institution is a “knife in the back” to the community, elected officials said. “This is the wrong plan at the wrong time, in the wrong place, at the wrong school,” said Deputy Borough President Barry Grodenchik. The Department of Education (DOE) has proposed [...]

Op-Ed: School buildings need adequate funding
Education & Kids Op-Ed 7/08/2013 at 11:46AM

BY COUNCILMEMBER JULISSA FERRERAS Long before I was elected to office, I was the Beacon Program director at P.S. 19 in Corona, known at the time as the most overcrowded school in the country. My years of work engaging our neighborhood children helped me understand the effect of school building conditions on their academic performance. [...]

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 [...]