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College Point principal resigns after protests and allegations
College Point principal resigns after protests and allegations
Education & Kids Melissa Chan 10/17/2013 at 1:32PM

The so-called “terror-driven reign” of a College Point principal is over. Jennifer Jones-Rogers resigned as head of P.S. 29 last week, education officials confirmed, after dozens in the community urged the city to fire her earlier this summer. “I think that this is a step in the right direction, but it’s not everything,” said Gloria [...]

Graziano crosses lines, endorses Republican candidate Saffran in District 19 race
Graziano crosses lines, endorses Republican candidate Saffran in District 19 race
Politics Melissa Chan 10/15/2013 at 3:30PM

The enemy of my enemy is my friend. That’s the proverbial message a northeast Queens Democrat is sending by crossing party lines to endorse the Republican candidate over the one who beat him at the polls last month. Paul Graziano, who came in third in the Democratic primary for District 19 to Paul Vallone, publicly [...]

Survey says overcrowding problem at Queens schools
Survey says overcrowding problem at Queens schools
Education & Kids Liam La Guerre 10/02/2013 at 10:52AM

Queens schools are failing in at least one subject– classroom sizes. Hillcrest High School in Jamaica ranked highest in the number of oversized classrooms, 400, and Bayside’s Benjamin Cardozo High School follows with 385, according to a recent United Federation of Teachers (UFT) survey. More than 230,000 students citywide spent some of the first few [...]

DOE says enrollment cuts reflect trend at LIC High School
DOE says enrollment cuts reflect trend at LIC High School
Education & Kids Angy Altamirano 6/28/2013 at 9:51AM

The Department of Education (DOE) has come under harsh criticism from members of Long Island City High School after announcing plans to cut enrollment. According to Ken Achiron, United Federation of Teachers (UFT) chapter leader at LIC High School, the DOE plans to cut the incoming ninth grade class from 1,000 to 440 students. He [...]

Endorsement roundup
Politics Queens Courier Staff 6/20/2013 at 1:07PM

MAYOR United Federation of Teachers, The Council of School Supervisors and Administrators endorsed Bill Thompson. Assemblymembers Edward Braunstein, Michael DenDekker, Aravella Simotas, Catherine Nolan, Margeret Markey, David Weprin, Michael Simanowitz, Andrew Hevesi and Francisco Moya endorsed Christine Quinn. Teamsters Joint Council 16 endorsed Christine Quinn.   BOROUGH PRESIDENT The Working Families Party endorsed Melinda Katz. [...]

Millions lost after teacher evaluation talks fail
Education & Kids Cristabelle Tumola 1/22/2013 at 2:18PM

City school students just got a hard lesson in how not to compromise. Millions of dollars in education money was lost after Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the United Federation of Teachers (UFT) failed to agree on a teacher evaluation system. They had until midnight on January 18 to reach a deal or schools would forfeit [...]

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 [...]

Queen’s Morning Roundup
Top Stories Cristabelle Tumola 12/17/2012 at 7:55AM

TODAY’s FORECAST  Monday: Overcast with a chance of rain. High of 54. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Monday night: Overcast with rain. Fog overnight. Low of 48. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80% with rainfall amounts near 0.9 in. possible. EVENT of the [...]