Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Top Stories Cristabelle Tumola 6/05/2013 at 7:03AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Wednesday: Overcast in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 73. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the SE in the afternoon. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 59. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. EVENT OF THE DAY: Long Island City to Old Astoria Guided [...]

Community board chair fires back at Walcott over school employee threats
Community board chair fires back at Walcott over school employee threats
Northeast Melissa Chan 5/14/2013 at 2:04PM

The city’s schools chancellor chastised a community board leader after residents allegedly threatened his employees at a rowdy Bayside meeting last week. “I would never allow anyone to be treated in this manner and would expect that you have the same standard,” Dennis Walcott said. The head of the city’s public education system expressed his [...]

Queens teen wins prestigious math honors
Queens teen wins prestigious math honors
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 5/07/2013 at 6:03PM

At only 14, Jena Yun knows the equation for success. The 8th grader at Russell Sage Junior High School is captain of the school’s math team and the only New York City public school student in the National Society of Professional Engineers’ National upcoming Mathcounts competition in Washington, D.C. She is also the only female [...]

Education task force takes on overcrowding
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 5/05/2013 at 2:08PM

The newly–formed District 21 education task force held is first meeting to discuss concerns such as overcrowding. On Thursday, April 25, Councilmember Julissa Ferreras gathered with Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, local educators, parents and education advocacy groups at the Langston Hughes Library for the inaugural meeting of the Educational and Overcrowding Improvement Task Force. It [...]

Maspeth school renamed in honor of Geraldine Ferraro
Maspeth school renamed in honor of Geraldine Ferraro
Education & Kids Maggie Hayes 5/03/2013 at 11:42AM

A Maspeth elementary school is paying tribute to a trailblazer. Public School 290 has been renamed the Geraldine A. Ferraro Campus in honor of the first female vice presidential candidate and three-term U.S. congressmember. She passed away in 2011. The A.C.E. Academy for Scholars will open on the new campus in September of next year. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Maspeth community welcomes new high school site
Maspeth community welcomes new high school site
Education & Kids Maggie Hayes 2/25/2013 at 5:05PM

A year after its opening, Maspeth High School now has a new, state-of-the art building to call home. The Maspeth community welcomed the new school building to the neighborhood in a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday, February 25, with Borough President Helen Marshall, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Councilmember Elizabeth Crowley, various elected officials and school administrators. [...]

Citywide school bus strike over
Citywide school bus strike over
News Alexa Altman 2/15/2013 at 9:00PM

The month-long citywide school bus strike has come to a screeching halt. Drivers and matrons are expected to be back at their posts on Wednesday. According to a statement issued by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, city officials and members of Local 1181 met on Thursday to bring an end to the strike which left more than [...]