DOE’s ‘temporary’ fix to classroom overcrowding
DOE’s ‘temporary’ fix to classroom overcrowding
Education & Kids Terence M. Cullen 10/03/2012 at 10:28AM

Freshmen at Richmond Hill High School may soon have to don their jackets just to get to class. Across the borough, Temporary Classroom Units (TCUs) are used to supplement classroom space to accommodate the massive number of students coming in. Richmond Hill High School, one of these schools, currently has 11 TCUs, a Department of [...]

UFT throws its backing behind Addabbo in SD15
UFT throws its backing behind Addabbo in SD15
News Terence M. Cullen 9/26/2012 at 12:30PM

Citing his record in both the city council and Albany, the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) and a number of elected officials rallied for State Senator Joseph Addabbo as the incumbent seeks re-election in November. “We’ve had a very good relationship with Joe because of the work that he has done on the behalf of [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Turnaround proposals submitted for eight Queens high schools
News Michael Pantelidis 3/08/2012 at 11:27AM

Elected officials are refusing to “turn” the other cheek on the city’s plan to overhaul a number of high schools throughout the borough. The Department of Education (DOE) has submitted proposals to Turnaround eight high schools – Flushing, William Cullen Bryant, Long Island City, Newtown, Grover Cleveland, August Martin, Richmond Hill and John Adams – [...]

Down the Drain? Flushing High School fights to remain
Down the Drain? Flushing High School fights to remain
News Steve Mosco 2/28/2012 at 9:09AM

After more than 100 years of reading, writing and arithmetic, Flushing High School now faces its toughest test of all. Legislators and education advocates gathered in front of the school to protest a possible Turnaround, which would effectively eliminate Flushing High School as it is currently constituted. “Over the past few years, Flushing High School [...]

Queens teacher had ‘pattern of inappropriate conduct’
News Steve Mosco 2/21/2012 at 12:33PM

A teacher who had “shown a pattern of inappropriate conduct,” but was allowed to teach anyway, has been charged with sexually abusing two young boys on multiple occasions at P.S. 174 in Rego Park. Wilbert Cortez, a 49-year-old computer teacher at William Sydney Mount School, was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual misconduct against [...]

A classroom is for learning
Editorial Queens Courier Staff 2/21/2012 at 9:01AM

What is the Department of Education (DOE) doing? Administrators at the city’s public school system are seemingly asleep at the wheel, allowing teachers to run amok — WITH OUR CHILDREN. In the past week alone, two teachers — who are supposed to be role models for our youth — were busted, one for inappropriately touching [...]

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 [...]