Education

December, 2012

Astoria

Sunnyside’s PS 2 waits a decade for new gym

A Sunnyside school is set to expand, but members of Community District Education Council 30 were upset that a long-awaited and much begged-for auditorium for Astoria’s PS 2 is not in the city School Construction Authority’s five-year plan. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Oakland Gardens’ PS 203 earns Blue Ribbon honors

On the wall inside the lobby of the Oakland Gardens School, a vibrant display of blue outlined why students at PS 203 think their school deserved its classification as a National Blue Ribbon School. Comments (13).
Letters

Comptroller plans to remove PCBs

Recently, I proposed that the city issue Green Apple Bonds to get the thousands of toxic PCB-carrying light fixtures out of our public schools. Comment.
Laurelton

Sanders’ office spreads $2M in technology gifts to schools

Southeast Queens schools received an early Christmas present last week when Donovan Richards, chief of staff to City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton), donned his red Santa Claus suit and presented a $2 million check for technology upgrades to the district’s 25 schools. Comment.
Jamaica

Ex-York President Kidd dies at 76

Charles Kidd, the former York College president who broadened the school’s reach in southern Queens, died last week at the age of 76. Comment.
St. Albans

Young businessman shares stadium plan with CB 12

Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan to build a convention center at Aqueduct Racetrack may have fallen apart, but a southeast Queens entrepreneur has a money-making plan to build a stadium in its place. Comment.
Jamaica

York nears completion on biz building design

York College is about two-thirds of the way through the design phase for a much-needed, 160,000-square-foot facility to house its business program, a conference center and the school’s front offices, the college’s president said last week. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC student testifies during U.N. climate conference

In a quiet conference room near the entrance of Long Island City High School last Thursday, a student who lost her uncle during Hurricane Sandy made a strong case for better education about climate change to a room of leaders a world away. Comment.
Editorial

Among the Best

Although three Queens high schools are on the city Department of Education’s chopping block, two in western Queens ranked among the most successful city schools based on the most recent progress report. Comment.
Editorial

Save Flushing High

Three Queens high schools — Law, Government and Community Service and Business, Computer Applications and Entrepreneurship in Cambria Heights as well as Flushing — remain on a list of 24 schools the city has targeted for closure. Comments (7).
Bayside

Bayside students produce BID’s winter banners

New holiday banners will soon beautify the businesses along Bell Boulevard, courtesy of the students of Bayside High School. Comment.
Letters

Mayor has no plans to cut subsidies

The New York Times reported in its Nov. 12 issue that Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to increase school lunches to $2.50 from $1.50, slash $8.3 million from libraries and increase fees on parking meters. Comments (1).

November, 2012

Astoria

Astoria’s TV academy aces city HS progress report

While the number of Queens high schools receiving low marks on the city’s most recent progress reports remained the same from the previous year, successful new schools receiving high grades helped the borough grow in the higher ranks. Comment.
Bayside

Nobel winner was student at Van Buren HS

People usually assume the worst when the phone rings at 3 a.m., but former Queens resident Alvin Roth had a good feeling about who was calling in the early morning hours of Oct. 15. Comment.
Little Neck

Bright Queens teens given top regional science honors

A little curiosity went a long way for two teens from Little Neck and Richmond Hill, who were honored as regional finalists in the nation’s most prestigious high school science competition in Massachusetts earlier this month. Comment.
East Elmhurst

PS 329 school in E. Elmhurst gets new zones

A new elementary school in East Elmhurst is one of several coming down the pipeline in a part of the borough known for overcrowded schools, and Community District Education Council 30 mapped out which children will be going there at its monthly meeting last Thursday. Comment.
Cambria Heights

District 29 nears vote on choosing middle schools

One of the few powers left to local school districts in the Bloomberg era is the ability to make decisions on zoning matters, and next month one southeast Queens district plans to exercise that power when it votes on middle school choice. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Mayor reopens more storm-scarred schools

The road to recovery following Hurricane Sandy now includes a few more school bus stops. Comment.
Astoria

PS 70 in Astoria begins work on 500-seat wing with gym

For both City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and PS 70 Principal Donna Geller, the planned addition for the Astoria school is not only long-awaited but the fulfillment of personal promises. Comment.
Letters

Teaching to the test doesn’t help pupils

The Oct. 18 TimesLedger Newspapers editorial “Encourage Good Teachers,” on the need to move away from teacher evaluations exclusively based on students’ standardized test scores, is right on target. Comments (1).
Jamaica Estates

Former St. John’s dean Cecilia Chang found dead

The disgraced former St. John’s University dean who was accused of stealing more than $1 million from the school and forcing students to work as her personal servants was found dead in her Jamaica Estates home in an apparent suicide Tuesday. Comment.
Far Rockaway

Some Queens schools remain closed, other to be relocated

The majority of schools across Queens opened their doors Monday after a full week of being closed following Superstorm Sandy, though a number of schools in the borough remain closed until further notice or are being relocated. Comment.

October, 2012

Long Island City

Hunters Pt. awaits new schools in 2013

Education and elected officials announced at MoMA PS 1 last week that two new schools are set to open in Hunters Point, adding much-needed seats to the growing neighborhood, but some parents were still worried their children would not have a spot. Comment.
Elmhurst

Walcott praises new Elmhurst charter aimed at students learning English

A new charter middle school in Elmhurst aimed at helping children to learn English as a second language celebrated its first 30 days Friday with a ribbon-cutting and visit from city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC high expansion lets new school move in

Two high schools born in the shadow of Long Island City’s LaGuardia Community College will now operate together for the first time. Comment.
Long Island City

CUNY Law opens new home

The CUNY School of Law recently moved from Flushing to 2 Court Square in Long Island City and held its ribbon cutting Monday. Comment.
Long Island City

Principal resigns after city probes

The principal of a Long Island City high school was booted after investigators found she made discriminatory remarks, rigged her school’s parent surveys and hid a student who brought a knife to school from the police, according to city Department of Education documents. Comments (3).
Editorial

Encourage Good Teachers

The city needs a better way to evaluate teacher performance. Teachers don’t want to be evaluated solely by scores on standardized tests and graduation rates. Comment.
Middle Village

Bullying survivor brings prevention to Middle Village

A New York Times best-selling author and bullying survivor-turned-activist is coming to Middle Village in an effort to promote compassion by sharing her story with young students at an elementary school. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Cornell shows new drawings for tech campus

Cornell released plans for the first phase of its applied sciences graduate school on Roosevelt Island Monday, with a rendering of the first academic building to be built out on the new campus in 2017. Comment.
Bayside

NE Queens schools score highest in citywide DOE growth reports

District 26 schools in northeast Queens had a reason to celebrate as city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott released this year’s elementary and middle school progress reports, putting the district at the top of the borough, which scored best in the entire city. Comment.
Flushing

John Bowne students get schooled in science of syrup

Student farmers at John Bowne High School in Flushing were visited last week by a mobile truck dispensing maple syrup cotton candy along with doses of education about a burgeoning Empire State commodity. Comment.
Long Island City

City gets $71M for CUNY

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) visited LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City last week to announce that the city had at last allocated $71 million for needed repairs to City University of New York colleges, including critical projects at LaGuardia and Queensborough Community College. Comment.
I Sit and Look Out

American education is in dire need of improvement

Readers of this column know I believe I received an excellent education in the city public schools. That continued at City College. Comment.
Flushing

CEC 25 to hold education summit for parents

Community Education Council District 25 will be hosting the 2012 Parent Empowerment Summit in Nov. 17, where parents can get information about taking an active role in their child’s education. Comments (19).
St. Albans

College-bound youngsters get advice on their next step

Young people from southeast Queens exploring their academic options got a visit, and plenty of advice, from city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott at a college fair in the St. Albans Congregational Church Saturday. Comment.
Long Island City

Big bucks from Marshall help LaGuardia library expand

LaGuardia Community College is expanding its library to include a new, technologically-advanced second floor and nearly double the student seating, thanks in part to a $6 million donation from Borough President Helen Marshall. Comment.
Editorial

Depends on What He Means

Depends on What He Means Comment.
Whitestone

Avella touts crowded school fix

To address an ongoing issue of too many kids in the classrooms of a Whitestone school, one northeast Queens lawmaker said he worked with the city Department of Education to lower class sizes while keeping the same number of seats at the school. Comments (1).
Oakland Gardens

PS46Q cuts ribbon on new playground

PS 46Q, the Alley Pond School, celebrated the opening of a new playground. Comment.

September, 2012

Flushing

Flushing HS program receives funding grant

An after-school program designed to reduce the chances a Flushing High School freshman will fail recently got a $300,000 shot in the arm thanks to a global communications provider, city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced last week. Comment.
Long Island City

LaGuardia students celebrate graduation under shower of confetti

With screams of joy from many, a thousand graduates of LaGuardia Community College filed across the stage at the Javits Center in Manhattan Friday in a highlight of the school’s 40th anniversary. Comment.
Letters

Give extra seats to Woodside school

I live in Woodside at 57th Street and Woodside Avenue. Presently there are two elementary schools in this area. One is St. Sebastian, at 57th Street and Woodside Avenue, which takes in students from three other parishes, and the other is PS 11, at 56th Street and Skillman Avenue. Comment.
Long Island City

Class of ‘12 graduates as LaGuardia hits 40

With screams of joy from many, a thousand graduates of LaGuardia Community College filed across the stage at the Javits Center in Manhattan in a highlight of the school’s 40th anniversary. Comment.
Flushing

Holocaust center asks Asians for their stories

The head of a college program that pairs students with Holocaust survivors in order to document tales from World War II wants to gather more stories from Asia. Comments (1).
Hollis

Walcott discusses new year

The 2012-13 academic year will be the final full year under the Bloomberg administration, and city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said last week the city Department of Education will continue to make the tough and often controversial decisions that have characterized the mayor’s reign as it faces unprecedented changes. Comment.
Long Island City

IS 204 parents want PCBs out of city schools

While the city Department of Education has promised to replace the toxic PCB lights in Astoria’s IS 204, elected officials, civic members and parents decried how the department initially handled a leak and called for the old florescent lights to be replaced across the city. Comment.
Flushing

Queens College awarded $1.3M to train science teachers

Queens College received a $1.3 million grant to train area science teachers in hopes of promoting better learning for elementary school students. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

Dads Take Your Child to School event held in Springfield Gds.

About 20 fathers and granddads accompanied their young students to a Springfield Gardens elementary school last week, heeding the call for dads to take an active interest in their children’s early development. Comment.
Ozone Park

Queens kids learn biz skills

A chocolate product is in the works for an anticipated new company headed by world-renowned Chef Timothy Maguire, and the visionaries in charge of developing and marketing the treat may come as a surprise. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside man uses melody to move minds in classroom

What initially started as a method to bring rowdy students into a calmer learning environment for one former city teacher has blossomed into an entirely different approach to self-reflection and writing. Comments (2).
Long Island City

Mayor praises LaGuardia program dads

Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke at LaGuardia Community College last week to the graduating class of the CUNY Fatherhood Academy, a five-month program aimed at teaching dads ages 18 to 24 good parenting and putting them on the track to getting a GED or enrolling in college. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing school closes shop in wake of DiNapoli audit

A Flushing-based special needs school closed last week months after state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli alleged its owners misused $1.5 million in taxpayer dollars, according to employees. Comments (4).
Letters

Keep good teachers, pay them well

As the new school year begins, thousands of teachers will be returning to classrooms, gearing up for another busy school year. Comments (2).
Letters

Reader grateful to former York president

I had taught as an adjunct lecturer of human physiology at York College from 1983-84. Surprisingly, last year — 28 years later from having written on the chalkboard at York — I received an e-mail from the York College Library informing me that the college was honoring me in its 40 Years of Faculty Scholarship display for my 2000 book “Mathematical Logic and the Philosophy of God and Man,” from 1st Books Library. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Public schools in the city need to overcome problems

As our public schools open, they again face the problems not faced by private and charter schools. Students are either excluded or put out when they cause trouble. Comment.
Flushing

DOE cuts off tutoring firm for Bowne HS

A tutoring company heavily involved in a Flushing high school was the subject of a May audit from city Comptroller John Liu, and it was pulled from doing business with the city this week after a separate inquiry by the city Department of Education. Comments (1).
Cambria Heights

City plans to add to Cambria Heights elementary school

For more than a decade now the pair of red, double-wide trailers perched alongside PS 176 in Cambria Heights has served as a sign of the school’s growth. Comments (1).
St. Albans

Walcott visits Eagle Academy on first day of new school year

City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott made a stop at a unique school in southeast Queens last week as he toured the five boroughs for the first day of school. Comments (2).
Glendale

Students cause drama over dismissal of popular teacher

Parents and students are still calling for an encore in the career of a beloved drama teacher. Comment.
Middle Village

School nets funds to expand

Shovels are finally in the ground at a much-anticipated expansion project at a Middle Village school. Comment.
Education

State puts 16 borough schools on new poor-performing list

Under a new assessment system, the state Education Department last week identified 16 Queens schools that were failing to help disadvantaged students make progress on state exams. Comments (1).
Letters

Nation must invest in education

It would seem that all Americans would want our youth to be as highly educated as possible. The United States has fallen to “average” in international rankings, as released by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, as well as other knowledge evaluating studies, having fallen to “average” with typical scores of 500 on a scale of 1,000: 487 in math, 500 in reading and 502 in science. Comment.

August, 2012

Long Island City

Van Bramer begins school supplies drive at LIC library

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) called upon residents of Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside last Thursday to donate supplies for needy children in the community before school starts in September. Comment.
Flushing

State mulls spiritual school

State education officials are currently reviewing a Flushing charter school application that outlines a curriculum based on teachings from both ancient Chinese and modern Western philosophies, yet is rife with references to an acrid political debate in China and Flushing involving the spiritual movement known as Falun Dafa. Comment.
Middle Village

Hearing held for planned charter school in Christ the King

A potential new charter school in Middle Village took its initial step toward reality with its first public hearing last week. Comments (1).
Bayside

Bayside school gets gifted and talented

A Bayside private school listened to public demand and spent the past year developing its first gifted and talented program, modeled closely to the style offered throughout the city in order to revive its weak enrollment numbers. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Milton Bassin, former York College president, dies at 88

Milton Bassin, the longtime president of York College who is credited with nurturing the institution during its seminal years and shepherding it through difficult financial times, died of natural causes last week in the Bronx at the age of 88. Comment.
Long Island City

Students get new start at LaGuardia internship

Long Island City’s LaGuardia Community College announced earlier this month that 100 graduates had gone through its Young Adult Internship Program. Comment.
Woodside

Crowley stops by PS 11 camp

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) visited Woodside on the Move’s summer camp at PS 11 Monday to watch the students at work and deliver bags of school supplies. Comment.
Editorial

Jamaica High’s Slow Death

Just one month before students return to school a state report makes it clear that the city long ago abandoned Jamaica High School. Comment.
Springfield Gardens

New charter school eyed

Southeast Queens already has three charter schools and, for the time being, that may be all it can comfortably handle. Comment.
Long Island City

LGA janitor let go in toe suck case: City

A janitor contracted to work at LaGuardia Community College got the boot earlier this year after he tried to pay a high school student more than $100 to suck on her toes, according to documents from the Department of Education’s special commissioner of investigation for the city school district’s office. Comment.
Ridgewood

UNICEF joins Ridgewood Y to teach youth about diversity

Children are constantly learning — unfortunately, sometimes they learn to discriminate. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Jax Hts school construction begins

It required years of advocating and the sacrifice of a mansion, but government and school officials were glad to break ground on a new intermediate school in Jackson Heights Tuesday. Comments (1).
South Jamaica

South Jamaica’s JHS 8 added to ‘dangerous’ list

The state Education Department in June retroactively placed South Jamaica’s Richard S. Grossley JHS 8 on its list of persistently dangerous schools for the 2011-12 school year. Comments (1).
Jamaica Hills

Jamaica HS lacking: State

Critics of the city Department of Education’s plan to phase out Jamaica High School say a recent state report confirms their worst fears that the city has abandoned the students at the embattled institution. Comments (1).
Middle Village

Hearing planned on new Middle Village charter school

The city Department of Education is holding a public hearing about proposals for a new charter school in Middle Village. Comments (1).
Douglaston

Douglaston student receives top honors from L.I. school

A Douglaston eighth-grader clocked in two of his school’s highest student honors, his school announced last week. Comment.
Education

New principals for five ‘turnaround’ schools

Despite a recent court ruling striking down the city’s controversial attempt to restructure 24 struggling schools throughout the five boroughs, principals at five of those high schools in Queens have rejected offers to return to their schools, according to the city Department of Education. Comment.

July, 2012

Letters

YMCA child program in Bayside was important

June 22 was a sad day in Bayside. It was almost 19 years to the day that I first entered the little blue building that housed the Bayside YMCA Early Childhood Center with my newborn son and his 2-year-old brother. Comment.
Education

School closings put on hold

An arbitrator ruled last week that Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial plan to close seven Queens high schools was in violation of the teachers union’s collective bargaining agreement, though the city has vowed to challenge the ruling in the courts. Comments (1).
Education

August Martin gets high marks in survey

A day before a state judge rebuked the mayor’s attempt to shutter seven Queens high schools, parents, teachers and students at four of the institutions rated their schools below average, according to surveys the city Department of Education released Monday. Comment.
Education

District 29 posts low test scores

Dickens would have called it a tale of two boroughs. Comments (1).
Long Island City

LaGuardia passes review

Long Island City’s LaGuardia Community College celebrated a successful re-accreditation with Middle States recently. Using a set of distinct standards, the nonprofit review association named the borough institution exceptional for its innovative programs and tracking of how much students are learning. Comment.
Education

Queens high schools await judge’s ruling

The city was dealt another blow last week to its plan to restructure seven struggling Queens high schools, leaving it unclear which staff will be at those schools — and even what they will be named — come September. Comment.
Flushing

Bloomy visits Flushing to tout summer jobs program

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott paid a visit to the Queens Botanical Garden last Thursday to kick off New York’s Summer Youth Employment Program. Comments (1).
Cambria Heights

Walcott honors Cambria Hts. grad for overcoming language barrier

Berne St. Pierre was playing basketball in Port-au-Prince in 2010 when a 7.0-magnitude earthquake turned Haiti upside down and — at the least — put his schooling on hold. Comment.
Editorial

A Victory for Teachers

For teachers in the city public school system, a long night just might be over. The principals had been directed to remove some teachers as part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to close 24 schools and reopen them with new names. Only half the teachers could expect to be rehired. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Queens high schools educate many remarkable students

All the Queens high schools educate, encourage and nurture their students. Here are just a few things different schools accomplished this past school year. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Oakland Gardens student wins BP scholarship

Susan Tsang of Oakland Gardens was one of 50 city students to receive college scholarships last week when 185 local BP gas station owners of New York and New Jersey presented a grant donation of $100,000 to the BP Community Scholarship Program. Comment.
Bayside

Seven city Beacons survive Bloomberg’s budget

When Mayor Michael Bloomberg boasted his balanced fiscal year 2013 budget, Bayside buzzed with a resounding bravo. Comments (1).
Flushing

Qns Chamber gives two biz scholarships

Two Queens College students are making bright futures their business. Comment.
Education

Queens Fellowship offers professional development, networking

The Queens Fellowship is now recruiting mid- to senior-level Queens nonprofit, faith, government and community leaders for a nine-month professional and community development program. Comment.

June, 2012

Springfield Gardens

Walcott meets the graduates

No one will ever accuse city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott of reusing a keynote graduation speech. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

City citation spells success

For the rest of his life, Bayside Hills seventh-grader Arvind Mahankali said he would never forget the word “schwannoma” and neither would City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone). Comment.
The Civic Scene

Queens students showcase hard work in and out of school

TimesLedger Newspapers prints a special feature every two weeks called “Student of Distinction.” Here are some of its features. Comments (1).
St. Albans

St. Alban’s Allen Christian School closes after 30 years

Students at St. Alban’s Allen Christian School spent their final day in class last week because due to financial difficulties, the school is closing after 30 years, at 171-10 Linden Blvd. Comments (14).
Education

Queens parents may not see teacher evaluations next year

Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation last week requiring the city Department of Education to make teacher performance reviews available to parents, but with the city and its teachers union deadlocked on the nuts and bolts of their evaluation system, it was not clear when the information would be accessible. Comment.
Jamaica

Meeks calls on Congress to keep interest rates from doubling

With interest rates on federal subsidized student loans set to double at the end of the month if Congress does not act, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) convened a panel of experts at York College last week to inform borrowers of their options. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside’s little chefs learn the secrets of Italian cuisine

Last week marked a different kind of graduation day for some fifth- and sixth-grade students from St. Robert Bellarmine Elementary School. Instead of walking away with diplomas, they went home with plaques, full stomachs and a year’s worth of cooking experience. Comment.
Bayside

QCC receives Padavan’s papers

Anyone walking into the library at Queensborough Community College Monday was met immediately with a piece of history. Comment.
Hollis

Comrie slams cuts to Hollis Head Start

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) joined more than 100 young children and their teachers from the Committee for Early Childhood Development Head Start in Hollis Friday to protest the mayor’s proposal to cut the organization’s funding amid negotiations over the city’s fiscal year 2013 budget. Comment.
Bellerose

Bellerose teachers battle for a better cause at PS 186

The gymnasium inside PS 186 The Castlewood School was booming with students’ cheers Monday as nearly 350 of them pounded on the ground with their fists to root for their respective teachers’ teams. Inside the arena of rowdy kids stood 39 instructors at the school ready for battle. Comment.
Bayside

Electeds battle to save Beacon from budget ax

Area politicians have not eased up on their efforts to save a popular after-school program from being cut. Comments (2).
South Ozone Park

Wills gives District 27 distance learning tool

MS 226 in South Ozone Park received a visit from two heavyweight educators — one in person and one virtually — last week as the school showed off a piece of new technology that City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) secured for his district. Comment.
Bayside

Cardozo talks books with Astoria author

Author Paul Volponi said he talks to young readers throughout the country, but especially likes visiting the students at Bayside’s Cardozo High School. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Big business harms city public schools and students

Down from 33, the city now wants to close 24 city high schools and reopen them using $60 million in federal turnaround money administered by the state. Seven Queens schools are on this list. The city Department of Education wants to close the schools in the fall, bring in a new principal, fire all the staff and let 50 percent come back and then hire 50 percent new teachers. Comments (1).
Kew Gardens

Crowded boro gets 15,676 school seats

City School Construction Authority President Lorraine Grillo told a Borough Board meeting Monday that more than 15,676 new school seats for Queens have funding, but the organization is still looking for sites to put them and has a need for 6,380 more. Comment.
Flushing

Selfless students bag awards

It was a star-studded affair at PS 107 last week, when elementary students from around District 25 trickled into the school’s auditorium to receive awards for community service, leadership or for simply imparting a bit of wisdom to their classmates. Comment.
Queens Village

Queens Village students get lesson in ‘Cerealism’

The works of Salvador Dalí and Pablo Picasso may be a bit too heady as a means to teach second-graders about the human condition, but for one Queens Village class, “cerealism” is the perfect way to learn their shapes. Comments (2).
Letters

Church should’ve stopped abuse

It is interesting that we never hear about the physical and verbal abuses that took place in Catholic schools during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s by some religious people who taught in the schools. Comments (1).
Oakland Gardens

MS 74 pupils confront bullies

The gymnasium at MS 74 Nathaniel Hawthorne Junior High School in Oakland Gardens echoed with cheers and excitement not typical for a Saturday afternoon last weekend. Comment.
Bayside

Nearly 2,000 students graduate from Queensborough

Coming from more than 100 different countries and many walks of life, Queensborough Community College’s class of 2012 received their diplomas to the delight of their parents and professors Friday. Comments (1).
Flushing

Mets man gives grads advice

At the Queens College commencement ceremony last Thursday, graduates got a little bit of advice from the voice of the Amazin’s. Comment.
Jamaica

York graduates largest class in ‘12

Through his service in the U.S. Marine Corps, which included two tours of duty in Iraq, Tony Wan faced and conquered challenges many of his York College classmates have never experienced. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Bayside Hills 7th grader takes third in spelling bee

A Bayside Hills seventh-grader placed third for the second year in a row last week in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Comment.
Jamaica

Library supporters rally against proposed cuts

Supporters of the Queens Library stood outside the central library on Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica Tuesday to rally against a proposed $26.7 million funding cut from the city that administrators said would be detrimental to services. Comment.
Douglaston

QCC campaign starts scholarship fund’s public phase

They are more than halfway to their goal, but members of the Queensborough Community College Fund’s Edge for Success campaign still have a ways to go. Comment.
Letters

Show teachers in U.S. respect

After celebrating National Teacher Appreciation Week May 7-11, we need to show appreciation for all teachers across the United States. Comment.

May, 2012

Woodside

Van Bramer and Dromm criticize city’s after-school cuts

Surrounded by children from their communities, government officials and community groups in Woodside and Jackson Heights held protests last week against Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed cuts of 24,000 seats in after-school programs across the city. Comment.
Education

City votes to close seven Queens high schools

The city Panel for Educational Policy voted in Brooklyn last week to close seven Queens high schools at the end of this year and reopen them as new schools in the fall. Comment.
Bayside

Students showcase success

They go to school for more than nine months of the year and their work is usually tucked away inside their Bayside classrooms. Comment.
Jamaica

Iraq veteran to deliver York’s valedictorian speech

This year’s York College valedictorian took the long road to graduating with his chemistry degree and after overcoming many challenges, he is still looking for more. Comments (1).
Editorial

Lipstick on the DOE Pig

City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced the fancy new names for the high schools in Queens he is closing last week. Comment.
Flushing

Bowne HS tutoring firm targeted by comptroller

A Flushing high school had the highest number of students in the city who used a free tutoring service accused of receiving questionable payments from the city Department of Education, the city comptroller said. Comment.
Education

CDEC 29 to hit the books on middle-school choice program

Members of southeast Queens’ education council pledged last week to do their homework when considering a controversial plan that would allow parents to choose a middle school for their children. Comment.
Letters

City teachers need to work with a contract

Why is it that the United Federation of Teachers and the city Department of Education still have not been able to come to terms with regard to a new contract for the city’s 74,000 public school teachers? Comment.
Jamaica

Meeks lends a hand to help students with college loans

With student loan debt at an all-time high and the cost of certain federal student loans set to get even more expensive, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-Jamaica) announced efforts to make an affordable education available to southeast Queens students. Comments (1).
St. Albans

Parents call for ouster of PS 118’s principal

A group of parents and teachers at the Lorraine Hansberry elementary school in St. Albans said Principal Cynthia Ofori-Feaster promised to take their school from an A to an A-plus when she started in 2008. Comment.
Rockaway Beach

Rockaway rallies to rescue libraries

The fight to save city libraries from budget cuts took to the beach when a rally was held in Rockaway last Thursday. Comment.
Pomonok

Pomonok after-school program could get ax

The budget dance between City Hall and the City Council is underway, and Monday night a group of parents and children held a rally against proposed cuts that could wipe out an after-school program at Pomonok Houses. Comment.
Glendale

Ads advise against absence

The newest advertisements showed children with clocks covering their eyes below the slogan, “It’s 9 a.m. Do you know where your kids are?” Comment.
Jamaica

Walcott visits city’s stand-out HS for Sciences

City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott took a victory lap around the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College Monday morning after the Jamaica school was recognized as one of the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report last week. Comments (4).
Bayside

Marie Curie gets greener

They won $2,500 for their school and never had to make a sound. Comments (1).
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s coach shares inspiring story with new grads

Jumping into the job pool is all about overcoming challenges, St. John’s University head basketball Coach Steve Lavin told graduates at the university’s commencement speech Sunday, and tackling adversity is something he knows a thing or two about. Comment.
Astoria

Doomed high schools get new names

The seven Queens schools that the city Panel for Educational Policy voted to close were given new names last week, but two western Queens legislators said they were more concerned with the future results of the closure. Comments (1).
Whitestone

St. Luke students collect 54,000 labels to help fund school

Certain Whitestone students have been rummaging through garbage cans and ransacking the cupboards of extended families to help fund a playground at their school, finding thousands of dollars most people mistake as trash. Comment.
I Sit and Look Out

Teachers should be up to the challenge of educating

From my first day of school, when my mother brought me to the building on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, I had drilled into me by my parents that teachers were supreme. You did not question or show disrespect to them. Comment.
Editorial

Stop the Closings

At the moment it appears the only hope for stopping the city Department of Education from closing August Martin High School and 23 other schools is intervention by the courts. Comment.
Long Island City

LIC’s Baccalaureate named best in state

The Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Long Island City has been named the best high school in New York state by U.S. News & World Report. Comments (2).
Astoria

Quinn updates Astoria co-op on ongoing city issues

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) visited the North Queensview Homes Co-Op in Astoria last week, taking the time to talk about the ongoing city budget process, the school system and a reported beef with Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria). Comment.
Kew Gardens

Activists demand Albany approve Dream Act

Time is running out for lawmakers to pass the New York Dream Act before the summer break, according to community activists who rallied in front of Queen Borough Hall Monday. Comment.
Editorial

How to Kill a High School

The city Department of Education’s agenda to shutter schools has drawn fierce oppositions from communities throughout the borough. Comment.
South Jamaica

City drops ax on August Martin by voting to close

Before the city Panel for Educational Policy decided to close August Martin HS and six others in Queens, a representative from state Sen. Shirley Huntley’s (D-Jamaica) office blasted the panel for the way the city Department of Education removed the principal of Martin last month. Comment.
Flushing

Flushing HS shutdown upsets teachers, activists

Northeast Queens educators and civic leaders were deflated after the city’s plan to close Flushing High School was approved at a hearing last week. Comments (1).
Richmond Hill

City decides to shutter Rich Hill, John Adams

The city Panel for Educational Policy’s decision to close 24 city schools drew the ire of advocates long after the votes were cast. Comment.
Astoria

Three western Queens HSs axed

Western Queens officials were disheartened and angry after the city Panel for Educational Policy voted last week to close three high schools in the area. Comments (1).
Ridgewood

Hearings save Grover Cleveland

Grover Cleveland High School was saved from the chopping block with only hours to spare last week before the city Panel for Educational Policy was set to vote on the city Department of Education’s plan to close 26 city schools, including eight from Queens. Comment.

April, 2012

Elmhurst

New Elmhurst charter targets immigrants learning English

Bringing recent immigrant children to the United States up to the same learning levels as their American-born counterparts has always been a struggle across the city, but a new charter school in Elmhurst hopes to meet their unique needs. Comment.
Astoria

LIC High says no to closure

More than a hundred students, teachers and supporters stood out on the steps of Long Island City High School Monday afternoon to protest the proposed closure of the institution. Comment.
Bayside

QCC creates insurance policy for survivors’ stories

It was just another day to some of the students passing through Queensborough Community College last Thursday. Comment.
Woodside

PS 11 rallies for expansion

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) and members of the PS 11 family called upon the city School Construction Authority to make the expansion of the school a priority once again. Comment.
St. Albans

Officials choose site for St. Albans school

The city Department of Education is hoping to take advantage of an opportunity to place a new primary school in St. Albans, but District 29 community members say what they really need is a new high school. Comment.
The Civic Scene

DOE must show better treatment toward special-needs pupils

Regretfully, the city Department of Education has been making sudden changes every few months for the past 10 years. In the past there was stability in city schools, but these days there is confusing change after change. Comment.
Editorial

‘Turnaround’ Bloomberg

The people living in western Queens are rightly angry. Following its unpopular “turnaround” model, the city Department of Education is planning to close Long Island City High School and put another high school with some fancy name in its place. Comment.
Letters

Give teachers respect, good salaries

With all the talk that education is so important in this country, it is time that teachers who teach in schools throughout America be treated with the courtesy and professionalism they deserve. Comment.
Education

Panel votes on closure of 7 Queens high schools (LIVE BLOG)

TimesLedger Newspapers will be reporting from the Panel for Educational Policy meeting in Brooklyn Thursday night. The fate of seven Queens high schools will be decided when the panel votes. Comment.
Ridgewood

Grover Cleveland HS saved from closing before DOE vote

Grover Cleveland High School was saved from the chopping block with only hours to spare before the Panel for Educational Policy was set to vote Thursday evening on the Department of Education’s plan to close 26 city schools, including eight from Queens. Comment.
Bayside

Bayside rallies to save Beacon

One sign read, “We need a place to meet. Don’t put us in the street.” Not far away in a crowd of middle-school students, parents and school officials, another sign read, “Don’t kick us when we’re down.” Comment.
Kew Gardens

Boro Hall rally blasts mayor’s plan to cut children’s programs in budget

Hundreds rallied on the steps of Borough Hall last Thursday as the final dismissal bell loomed for after-school programs facing budget cuts. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing High School hearing gets heated

Many teachers, residents and parents were convinced that the public hearing on the city Department of Education’s plan to close Flushing High School last week was simply a formality. Comment.
Education

Officials will decide fate of eight Queens schools

The city was scheduled to decide the fate of eight Queens high schools at a public meeting in Brooklyn this Thursday evening. Comment.
Flushing

DOE introduces new Flushing HS principal before vote to close school

The city Department of Education is supposed to be considering public input on whether or not to close Flushing High School and reopen it under a different name, but the department is introducing its proposed principal for the replacement school before a vote is even taken. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Jamaica woman receives award for continuing her education

It’s been a long journey for 44-year-old Jamaica native Charlene Harper. Comment.
Letters

City must restore Beacon funding

The city recently announced devastating plans to cut funds to Beacon programs, school-based community centers serving children, youth and adults. There are 80 Beacons throughout New York City and they operate in the afternoons and evenings, on weekends, during school holidays and vacation periods and during the summer. Comment.
Jamaica

York College alumnus helps pupils with nonprofit

Believing that there was a great need for something new, Allen Kinard, decided to start a nonprofit organization that gave every student in a public school the opportunity to enhance their education and extracurricular endeavors. Comment.
Little Neck

Few options left for special needs education in city

Turning 5 years old never seemed so tricky. Comment.
Long Island City

AT&T gives $100k to nonprofit in LIC

Communications company AT&T visited Long Island City’s Academy of Finance and Enterprise earlier this month to give a $110,000 check to the nonprofit Junior Achievement of New York. Comment.
Bayside

New Yorkers don’t trust teacher grading: Poll

City teachers might be as anxious as their students to make the grade now that public school teacher evaluations are public , but one retired Bayside teacher said making the report cards available online was an unfair and unnecessary measure. Comment.
Bayside

Mock GOP debate entertains and informs students

There may have been actors, but there wasn’t any script. Students posing as GOP hopefuls for the Republican presidential nomination exhibited their skills last Thursday when the Queensborough Community College mock trial team faced off on the issues. Comment.
Letters

Make CUNY credit transfers easier

The issue of ease of transferring credits within the City University of New York has long been a vexing problem for faculty and students, especially for community colleges, such as LaGuardia or Queensborough, to senior colleges, such as York or Queens. Comment.
Hollis

Cambria academy stays put in Hollis

The city has nixed a plan to move a successful new Hollis high school into a space community members said would have been a poor fit. Comment.
College Point

College Point middle schoolers get yellow bus service back

College Point middle schoolers will have yellow bus service restored in the fall now that a bill has passed the state Legislature, lawmakers said. Comments (1).
Ridgewood

Ridgewood rallies for its school

The city Department of Education got an earful from Grover Cleveland High School advocates at a closure hearing Monday. Comment.
Queens Village

Reading program helps boost the skills of kids and volunteers

With a classroom that holds up to 15 students, PS 33 in Queens Village is now the new home to the Reading Partners program. Comments (1).

March, 2012

Little Neck

Bayside’s Beacon could be shuttered

Bayside’s Beacon Program through the Samuel Field Y in Little Neck could be one of seven citywide programs to close this summer, according to an announcement from the city Department of Youth and Community Development. Comments (1).
Long Island City

Mellow appointed to federal Homeland Security council

Mellow appointed to federal Homeland Security council Comment.
Long Island City

LIC High School students build robot basketball stars

For a team of competitors from Long Island City High School, developing the perfect basketball shot is all about mastering the mechanics. Comment.
Letters

Stop dumbing down students’ education

Let me start by saying I was a high school mathematics teacher for 37 years, so I speak from experience. Comments (1).
Little Neck

New tools help students learn

A new $2,000 grant has helped one Little Neck school get in gear as it continues to prepare special needs students for real-world job opportunities. Comments (1).
The Civic Scene

Bloomberg’s legacy concerning education looks bleak

As Michael Bloomberg reaches his 10th year as mayor, he continues in his well-meaning but flawed policy of closing most of our high schools. It seems he wants to close most of the high schools in Queens in spite of their traditions and histories. Comments (1).
St. Albans

Comrie defends city schools

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) convened a meeting of his colleagues from the Queens delegation last Thursday in Forest Hills, where they called on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to drop his plan to close eight borough high schools at the end of the academic year and open new schools in their places for 2012-13 school year. Comment.
Rochdale Village

New literacy center planned for village

The popular literacy program at the Rochdale Village branch of the Queens Library that has helped expand opportunities for adults is itself about to get a lot more room to grow. Comment.
Editorial

Community Ignored in School Closure Plan

Despite criticism, the city Department of Education is moving forward with its plan to close “struggling” neighborhood schools and reopen them in the same building with new names. Comment.
Editorial

Community Ignored in School Closure Plan

Despite criticism, the city Department of Education is moving forward with its plan to close “struggling” neighborhood schools and reopen them in the same building with new names. Comment.
Letters

Standardized tests hamper pupil learning

In Bob Friedrich’s March 1-7 On Point column “Underperforming Queens schools should be shuttered,” the author misses the point about the objections to the extreme emphasis on standardized test preparation in our local public schools. Comments (1).
Hunters Point

Parents want PS 78 in LIC to stay open

Community District Education Council 30 held a meeting on the upcoming middle and high school to be built in Hunters Point, but many of the parents of younger children were more concerned about the future of PS 78, the school where the meeting was held. Comment.
Political Action

Too much emphasis put on evaluating teachers’ performance

In 2001, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made it known he was going to take steps to abolish the city Board of Education and take it over himself and run it with the assistance of an appointed city schools chancellor. Comment.
Cambria Heights

Magnet library renovations get student plaudits

The furniture inside the 75-year-old library at the Campus Magnet Complex in Cambria Heights used to be in such poor condition the librarians would record videos of themselves rocking back and forth in wobbly-legged chairs when applying for grants. Comments (1).
Jackson Heights

Bloomberg fails on public schools: UFT head

United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew may have just gone through a rough few days following the publication of teacher data reports, but on Leap Day he said there were only 22 months and one day left in the administration of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, whom he criticized for 10 years of mismanagement of the city’s schools. Comments (2).
Ridgewood

DOE to shut down 2 boro high schools

The city Department of Education has announced plans to close two struggling Queens high schools, and more of the same was expected for the borough’s other six lowest performing high schools. Comments (1).
Astoria

Bryant HS loses fight to stay open

Amid a struggle with its teachers union, the city Department of Education has announced plans to close Astoria’s William Cullen Bryant High School, a move western Queens lawmakers have criticized as politically motivated and destructive. Comments (27).
Flushing

Townsend Harris teacher wins $25K education Oscar

He is one of the best teachers in the country, but when Rafal Olechowski was awarded a prestigious grant last Thursday, his face was one of utter shock. Comment.
Editorial

Teacher Ratings Just a Part of the Story

How do you measure the value of a teacher? Comments (1).
Flushing

Teachers, protesters claim Flushing HS is improving

Elected officials and members of the teachers union protested the mayor’s plan to close Flushing HS Friday, a plan Mayor Michael Bloomberg said will get rid of bad teachers immediately instead of letting them linger in the struggling institution. Comment.
Long Island City

TSA agents walk many roads to college, some on four legs

Those who start as U.S. Transportation Security Administration officials only need high school diplomas, but at LaGuardia Community College Friday, 50 agency employees from Queens’ two airports completed the first step toward furthering their education and careers. Comments (2).

February, 2012

Education

Queens skeptical about teacher evaluations

Queens stakeholders had mixed reactions to the publication of the city Department of Education’s controversial teacher data reports and raised questions about the impact making such information public would have on the borough’s schools. Comments (2).
Editorial

‘A Victory for All New Yorkers’

A deal has been reached that will create a fair process for evaluating teachers in state public schools. The deal, to be an amendment in the state budget, will ensure that New York receives more than $1 billion in federal funding that was contingent upon an agreement. Comments (1).
Jamaica

Comrie criticizes DOE for moving schools

Jamaica’s Allen Christian School, which opened its doors in 1982, will be closing due to financial difficulties. Comment.
Education

Low-performing boro schools still in limbo

Praise rang out from Albany last week as state education officials and the state teacher’s union inked an 11th-hour deal on a teacher evaluation system, but closer to home the fate of some of Queens’ lowest-performing schools is still uncertain. Comment.
Long Island City

Bloomy names new dean at Roosevelt Isle campus

While the first phase of the applied sciences campus coming to Roosevelt Island, now called the Technion-Cornell Innovation Institute, will not be done until 2017, the institution now has a provost and dean. Comment.
Woodside

Woodside awaits 440-seat school slated to open in ‘15

City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced Friday the city Department of Education and city School Construction Authority had agreed to purchase four lots to build a 440-seat school in Woodside. Comment.
Oakland Gardens

Walcott says city listens to parents

At a town hall meeting in Oakland Gardens last week, city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott discussed topics such as parent involvement and overcrowding with a packed auditorium at MS 74. Community Education Council 26 President Jeanette Segal reminded those who had come to meet the city’s top education official of Feb. 15, that the week of Feb. 13-17 had been designated Respect for All Week and asked that “we all fully engage this initiative tonight.” “I know lately it’s been a back-and-forth confrontation,” Walcott said, acknowledging the recent public ire over Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s education policies. Comment.
Jamaica Estates

St. John’s U demurs in birth control controversy

St. John’s University has chosen to stay out of the debate over whether religious institutions should be required to provide contraceptives to their employees, but students at the Queens school have not remained as silent. Comment.
Queensboro Hill

Queensboro Hill library to close for construction

The Queensboro Hill branch of the Queens Public Library, at 60-05 Main St. in Flushing, will close Feb. 24 for renovations that are not set to be completed for about a year. Comments (1).
Ridgewood

Grover Cleveland tech whizzes build mobile applications

The developer of the next hit mobile application may not be a Silicon Valley programmer, but a group of Grover Cleveland High School seniors. Comment.
College Point

Civic issues call for College Point middle school

College Point residents have repeatedly voiced their desire to have a middle school in the isolated neighborhood, but members of the city Department of Education have said in recent meetings that the statistics do not necessarily support a new building. Comments (19).
Douglaston

Douglaston school gears up for fund-raiser

The PS 98 PTA’s annual spring fund-raiser will include all the things one would expect from an evening themed “Casino Royale”: craps, Black Jack, Texas Hold ’em, booze — everything, that is, except for the “G” word. Comment.
Editorial

‘Don’t Close the Schools, Fix Them’

A crowd of 2,000 angry people packed the Brooklyn Tech High School auditorium to send a message to the city Panel for Education Policy that the people are opposed to the mayor’s plan to close 23 schools. Comment.
Flushing

Queens high school council blasts DOE’s turnaround fix

Spurred by the announcement that eight persistently low-achieving high schools in the borough would be given the turnaround model, the Queens High School Presidents Council held a breakfast and presentation in Flushing Friday refuting the city’s education policies. Comment.
Flushing

CUNY Law responds to low bar exam pass rate

CUNY School of Law in Flushing has made some policy changes in response to statistics showing only 63 percent of its students passed their first bar exam last summer, the lowest percentage in the state. Comment.
Bayside

Cardozo shines in science contest

The brightest young scientific minds at Benjamin Cardozo High School were busy at work last week preparing for the final round of the New York State Science Olympiad after beating out some notable competition a few days earlier. Comment.
Queens Village

Avella wants Van Buren HS principal replaced

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) stood with discouraged parents and community members outside Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village last week, calling on the city Department of Education to remove the school’s principal. Comments (4).
Education

State Senate opposes city rule against churches in schools

As the city Department of Education’s Feb. 12 deadline draws closer, the state Senate moved swiftly to pass a bill Monday that would allow groups to continue to perform worship services in public schools when they are not in use. Comment.
Corona

City, Ferreras break ground on new school in Corona

City Department of Education officials and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) broke ground last week on a new elementary school in Corona, at Northern Boulevard and 110th Street. Comment.
Bayside

Cardozo students place second in science competion regionals

Students from Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside beat out some stiff competition Saturday to take second place in the regional round of the New York State Science Olympiad competition. Comments (2).
Political Action

Pols should start promoting vocational schools once again

During the last few weeks, we have heard a lot about instituting a public school teacher evaluation system in New York state and especially in New York City. Comments (1).
Astoria

Astoria teen makes Intel contest finals

Astoria teenager Danielle Goldman said she was feeling great after learning last week she was one of three New York City students and the only one from Queens to advance from Intel Science Talent Search semifinalist to finalist. Comments (1).

January, 2012

Flushing

Boro Beacon programs face closure in planned ‘13 budget

For the first time ever, a popular after-school program could face branch closures under the mayor’s proposed 2013 budget which could mean the loss of eight centers in Queens. Comment.
Education

Mayor pushes merit pay for city teachers

Mayor Michael Bloomberg proposed incentives, including merit pay, so the city can retain and recruit the best teachers during his State of the City address Thursday in the Bronx. Comment.
Astoria

Astoria teen named Intel finalist for psychiatric research

Danielle Goldman, an Astoria student who attends Bronx High School of Science, was named a finalist Wednesday in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search contest for her research studying anxiety and depression. Comments (1).
Bellerose

Bellerose teen reaches Intel semifinals

The scientific establishment is paying recognition to Bellerose student Olivia Munk for all the hours she has spent toiling away in her laboratory to better mankind. Comment.
Long Island City

Non-Native English speakers can test their skills at LaGuardia Community College

LaGuardia Community College is currently offering testing of English speaking and listening skills through the Versant English Test, a computer-based exam that measures how well individuals use everyday English in a school or work environment. Comment.
Astoria

Obama gives funds to kids

Zone 126, an organization created to get children who live in the Astoria Houses better access to education, has received a $500,000 planning grant from President Barack Obama’s administration to to broaden learning opportunities for the public housing complex’s children. Comment.
Editorial

Do Not Blame the Teachers

In his State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made education reform the cornerstone of his administration’s final two years. The 12th-richest person in the United States continues to believe the take-no-prisoners approach that made him a success on Wall Street will work well in the public school system. Comment.
Flushing

PS/IS 499 gets new tech lab from $200K Gennaro grant

A Flushing school cut the ribbon on new equipment last week, allowing the Queens College School of Math, Science and Technology to live up to its name. Comments (1).
Editorial

Do Not Blame the Teachers

In his State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg made education reform the cornerstone of his administration’s final two years. The 12th-richest person in the United States continues to believe the take-no-prisoners approach that made him a success on Wall Street will work well in the public school system. Comments (1).
Flushing

Flushing teenager wins Intel slot

Bhargava Chitti is a 17-year-old Flushing student whose cancer research on reducing the sometimes debilitating side effects of radiation therapy has landed him a spot in the semifinals of the 2012 Intel Science Talent Search. Comment.
Long Island City

Queens Library to train new IT techs for free

Queens Library is offering library customers an opportunity to attend the Cisco Academy and become eligible for certification to work as an IT technician, IT administrator or field service technician. The course is free. It consists of 20 three-hour training sessions. The course will be held at Queens Library at Long Island City, at 37-44 21st St. Comment.
Corona

N.Y. Hall of Science, Ackerman play games

You never learned like this by playing Chutes and Ladders. Comment.
Editorial

Jamaica High’s Slow Death

The carcass of what once was a proud high school should serve as a monument to the incompetence and arrogance of the city Department of Education. Comment.
The Civic Scene

Students face many obstacles just trying to do well in school

New York City is starting a new round of witch trials in our schools, just like the ones conducted last year. The witches are the schools accused of being failures. City education officials just announced that they want to close 19 failing schools while state education officials claim 104 Queens schools were in need of improvement under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. Comment.
Flushing

Leaky roof at JHS 237 tops CEC 25’s wish list

Community Education Council District 25 voted last week for five school building problems it would most like to see fixed by the city, although that hardly means the projects are a done deal. Comment.
Letters

CUNY still remains affordable for pupils

Regarding the Dec. 1-7 TimesLedger Newspaper article “Students protest as CUNY hikes tuition,” I am pleased to share several unreported data points on the value and affordability of a City University of New York education and its benefits for our students. Comment.
Education

Education dollars at stake

Stalled negotiations between the city Department of Education and the United Federation of Teachers over a teacher-evaluation system could contribute to Queens schools losing their share of hundreds of millions of federal education dollars. Comment.
Bayside

QCC interns review stories

A handful of Queensborough Community College students gathered with Holocaust survivors Tuesday to look back on the experiences they shared while interviewing and preserving the survivors’ stories for generations to come. Comment.
Long Island City

NE Qns activist lauds Roosevelt Isle campus

Flushing resident JuKay Hsu advocated throughout 2011 for Willets Point to become the site of an applied sciences school, but said Cornell University and Technion-Israel Institute of Technology’s school to be built on Roosevelt Island presents a lot of great opportunities for Queens. Comment.
Flushing

Mysterious Queens College donor kept to herself

Much remains a mystery about the Forest Hills woman who left $1.6 million to the Queens College music department in her will, but interviews with those who had cursory encounters with Beatrice Schacher-Myers have provided a peek into the life she led. Comments (1).
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