Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott

Bus strike leaves parents, students scrambling
Bus strike leaves parents, students scrambling
Education & Kids Alexa Altman 1/16/2013 at 12:36PM

Dodging icy sleet, first-grader Tarunima Bhowmik and her father Gola grabbed a cab from their home in Sunnyside on their way to Tarunima’s school, P.S. 166  Golain Astoria. Fare cost about $10, a necessary evil with New York City school buses out of commission. “It’s a very hard time for the kids,” Gola said of [...]

NYC school bus drivers won’t strike Monday, but walkout still possible
NYC school bus drivers won’t strike Monday, but walkout still possible
Education & Kids Cristabelle Tumola 1/07/2013 at 10:38AM

After threatening to strike, New York City school bus drivers were back to work Monday, but they could still walk off the job within the next few days. A strike would affect 152,000 students, including 54,000 with disabilities, and those in public, private and parochial schools. “The union is asking for something we cannot legally [...]

Queens’ Morning Roundup
Top Stories Cristabelle Tumola 1/07/2013 at 7:05AM

TODAY’S FORECAST Monday: Partly cloudy. High of 45. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Monday night: Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 34. Winds less than 5 mph. EVENT OF THE DAY: Japanese Classical Dance for Kids at Resobox This workshop for kids ages 8-11 at Resobox in Long Island City teaches the [...]

12 Sandy-damaged schools reopen in Rockaways, Brooklyn
12 Sandy-damaged schools reopen in Rockaways, Brooklyn
Education & Kids Cristabelle Tumola 11/19/2012 at 4:28PM

Twelve schools that were closed because of Superstorm Sandy reopened this morning, including  four that started class ahead of schedule. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott marked the occasion with a visit to P.S. 43 in Far Rockaway Monday. Because of flooding, power outages, and other damage from Sandy, the school was not [...]

Where to go in Queens for National Night Out
Where to go in Queens for National Night Out
Top Stories Queens Courier Staff 8/07/2012 at 2:31PM

National Night Out, an annual event of anti-crime rallies organized by police precincts, is tonight. At the precincts, community members can meet local officials and participate in activities for adults and children. In Queens, Mayor Bloomberg will be at he 113th precinct at 6:30 p.m., and NYC Department of Education Chancelor Dennis Walcott will be at the 103rd [...]

Eight high schools to ‘Turnaround’
Eight high schools to ‘Turnaround’
News Michael Pantelidis 1/31/2012 at 3:14PM

The city’s failure to successfully negotiate with the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) may spell doom for more than half a dozen high schools across Queens — including the subtraction of half their educators. Due to the inability of the two parties to come to an agreement regarding teacher evaluations, the Department of Education (DOE) [...]

Funding for failing schools suspended
News Melissa Chan 1/10/2012 at 9:06AM

Federal funds for the city’s failing schools are on the line following negotiation deadlocks between the city and the union. Education Commissioner John B. King, Jr. announced on January 3 that he has suspended “School Improvement Grant” (SIG) funding throughout the state. The $60 million in SIG grants would have provided “adequate resources” — including [...]

News Briefs: Small Business Workshop in L.I.C.
News Bob Doda 10/17/2011 at 11:42AM

LONG ISLAND CITY – The Queens Economic Development Corporation will offer workshops and clinics for small business owners this fall. While the clinics are free, workshops will cost $25 in order to cover costs. Topics covered will include networking, taxes, pricing and compliance with city regulations. The workshops and clinics will take place at the [...]