Turnaround

City turns around: Turnaround high schools to open with no changes
Education & Kids Billy Rennison 8/02/2012 at 2:35PM

Three months after being voted to close, seven Turnaround Queens high schools will open in September as if nothing ever happened, with no changes in place. On April 26, the Panel for Educational Policy approved the city’s plan to close the Turnaround schools and reopen them under new names with up to half the staff [...]

Turnaround teachers back to work
News Billy Rennison 7/28/2012 at 10:54AM

The city, winless in its court battles over Turnaround schools, plans to continue its fight after another loss, just weeks away from classes commencing. State Supreme Court Justice Joan Lobis upheld an arbitrator’s ruling that deemed the Department of Education’s Turnaround plan violated teachers’ contracts, allowing the educators to return to the classroom. Under the [...]

Turnaround schools get new names
News Billy Rennison 6/28/2012 at 4:52PM

When the seven Queens Turnaround high schools reopen their doors, it will be under a new name. The names were chosen through a process of engagement with students, staff, community members, alumni and elected officials. “I want to congratulate all 24 schools on a thorough process to propose school names that honor their histories, their [...]

Seven Queens high schools close their doors for good
Seven Queens high schools close their doors for good
News Billy Rennison 6/28/2012 at 12:06PM

The final bell rang for the seven Queens Turnaround high schools as the last students passed through the doors of what the city graded as failing institutions. Wednesday, June 27, marked the final day of class for August Martin, Flushing, John Adams, Long Island City, Newtown, Richmond Hill and William C. Bryant after the Panel [...]

Chancellor Dennis Walcott speaks about Turnaround, special ed reform at forum
Chancellor Dennis Walcott speaks about Turnaround, special ed reform at forum
Education & Kids Alexa Altman 5/23/2012 at 12:12PM

Concerned parents spoke out about special education reform, set to sweep the city this fall, at a recent Community Education Council 27 forum featuring Department of Education (DOE) Chancellor Dennis Walcott. While the hot topic dominated most of the evening’s conversation at M.S. 137 in Ozone Park, parents, teachers and administrators inquired about a gamut [...]

UFT sues to prevent school closings
UFT sues to prevent school closings
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 5/07/2012 at 5:40PM

The United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and the Council of School Supervisors & Administrators (CSA) are hoping to “turnaround” the city’s decision to close 24 schools in court. The organizations filed suit today in State Supreme Court, seeking a temporary restraining order and injunction until issues surrounding the Department of Education’s (DOE) Turnaround plan can [...]

Seven Queens high schools to close
Seven Queens high schools to close
News Billy Rennison 4/27/2012 at 9:34AM

Seven Queens high schools had their fates sealed and doors closed by a Panel of Educational Policy (PEP) vote last night in Brooklyn. The schools — August Martin, Bryant, Flushing, John Adams, Long Island City, Newtown and Richmond Hill — will close at the end of this semester and reopen in the fall under a [...]

Grover Cleveland saved from closure
Grover Cleveland saved from closure
News Billy Rennison 4/26/2012 at 1:02PM

Hours before the Panel for Educational Policy meeting to decide the fate of 26 city schools, the Department of Education removed Grover Cleveland High School from the list ensuring its survival. Under the turnaround model the Ridgewood school would have closed and reopened under a new name with up to half the teachers being replaced. [...]

Community says changing the name of August Martin HS destroys legacy
News Billy Rennison 4/18/2012 at 9:26AM

For students and graduates of August Martin High School, the name’s significance far surpasses letters emblazoned on the front of a school building. It exemplifies legacy, tradition and achievement. It represents a man that everyone that walks through the doors can look to as an example of triumph. In 1971, the school’s named was changed [...]

Assemblymember Cathy Nolan pleads for Grover Cleveland
Assemblymember Cathy Nolan pleads for Grover Cleveland
News Billy Rennison 4/06/2012 at 7:31AM

“It can’t happen, it just can’t happen,” said Assemblymember Cathy Nolan as she shook her head at the thought of her alma mater, Grover Cleveland High School, closing its doors. A similar scenario 35 years ago helped launch Nolan’s political aspirations. In the mid-70s, during the city’s fiscal crisis, there was a push to shut [...]