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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 [...]

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 [...]

P.S. 215 Lucretia Mott faces closure by DOE
News Billy Rennison 12/09/2011 at 3:29PM

One Queens public school faces a permanent summer vacation after finding itself on the Department of Education’s (DOE) list of schools slated for closure. P.S. 215 Lucretia Mott in Far Rockaway received an “F” on the most recent progress report released in September.  The school is joined by 18 other schools around the city that [...]