Saluting teachers
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 5/14/2012 at 12:46PM

As the nation celebrates National Teacher Appreciation Week, we need to definitely show our appreciation for all teachers across the United States. Teachers work extremely hard under a myriad of conditions, ranging from overcrowded classrooms, to dealing with discipline problems, lack of instructional materials, sometimes difficult parents and sometimes unsupportive administrators and supervisors. Also, teachers [...]

Balanced budget means cuts to FDNY, after school
News Billy Rennison 5/14/2012 at 12:30PM

Children’s classrooms will remain unaffected in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 11th executive budget — but kids may have nowhere to go after the final bell rings. The $68.7 million balanced budget includes no tax increases, but presents deep cuts to after-school programs, day care and fire companies while retaining more than 2,500 teacher positions the mayor [...]

Mayor Michael Bloomberg reveals revised city budget
News Billy Rennison 5/03/2012 at 3:07PM

Mayor Michael Bloomberg today revealed a revised balanced budget that will retain nearly 2,000 teacher positions that he proposed eliminating in his preliminary plan. The $68.7 million budget includes no tax increases. “Our budget won’t impose any new taxes on New Yorkers, maintains the strength of the NYPD and continues our strong support for public [...]

This Morning’s Headlines
Flushing Teacher Removed From Classroom Following Alleged Assault On Student
Flushing Teacher Removed From Classroom Following Alleged Assault On Student
News Jay Lane 3/08/2012 at 9:55AM

Flushing Teacher Removed From Classroom Following Alleged Assault On Student A Queens teacher is under arrest and accused of abusing a six-year-old girl. Grace Peterson-Hagendorf, 59, is charged with assault following an incident at P.S. 22 in Flushing. According to sources, she is accused of twisting the student’s neck causing pain and swelling. The Department [...]

In support of teachers
Letters Queens Courier Staff 2/02/2012 at 4:34PM

With all of the problems that teachers in today’s classrooms have to deal with, they certainly do not need to be constantly lambasted by the media. Most, if not all, teachers are very hardworking, dedicated, and very professional in their everyday dealings with students, parents and administrators. Teachers work very hard to help each and [...]

UFT opposes mayor’s merit pay for teachers
News Billy Rennison 1/25/2012 at 2:05PM

Mayor Michael Bloomberg believes the skinny on retaining top teachers is handing them a fat check. During the mayor’s State of the City speech, he outlined a plan that would reward teachers rated as “highly effective” in consecutive years with a $20,000 salary increase. “Our teachers deserve that — and so do our children,” the [...]

P.S. 130 is committed to learning
P.S. 130 is committed to learning
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 10/10/2011 at 12:11PM

Spirits are still sky-high for kids at P.S. 130, even a month after the school was given the federal government’s prestigious Blue Ribbon award. The Bayside early childhood school was honored for being a high performing school on September 15. According to David Thomas, spokesperson for the United States Department of Education, the school received [...]