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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.

They received a “D” on the DOE’s annual report card. The city Department of Education recently released the 2011-12 progress reports for city high schools. They combine attendance rates, school surveys, performance on standardized tests and progress toward graduation.

The final decision will be made early next year and must be approved by the city Panel for Educational Policy.

Low scores are reason for concern, but closing and reopening schools with new names and teachers was a bad idea last year when it was challenged in court by the teachers union. It continues to be bad.

For more than a year the department has failed to persuade Queens communities why closing schools makes sense. If a school is failing, find the problem and fix it. This may require changing the school’s leadership, but closing the school should not be an option.

Schools are part of communities. DOE bureaucrats fail to understand the impact that closing Flushing HS and reopening it with a new name would have.

If the DOE continues down this path, Queens taxpayers will pay for lawyers to defend a policy they oppose.

The people of Flushing want their children to get the best possible education, but closing a school that has been part of the community for generations and reopening it with a new name no one will remember doesn’t make sense.

Tell the mayor to save Flushing HS and its teachers.

Backing Off Stop-and-Frisk

We were pleased to learn that the number of stop-and-frisks conducted by city police is in decline in nearly every Queens precinct. The policy, designed to remove illegal guns from the city, was well-intentioned but a failure.

There is no indication that stop-and-frisk reduced gun violence and gun-related crimes have not increased in areas where the campaign has been cut back.

According to New York Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Donna Lieberman, stop-and-frisk has a 90 percent failure rate.

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Calisti from Astoria says:
How about "Tell all the constituents ... DOE, Unions, Community Leaders ... to save Flushing High School and its students"?
Dec. 7, 2012, 3:01 pm
public consensus from Queens says:
Students in the Flushing vicinity deserve a good education. The countless hardworking teachers are the scapecoat here as the administration try to close these schools and get rid of half of the teaching staff. How about get rid of the PHONY Magdalen Radovich (interim principal). She's ready and eager to get rid of half of her teaching staff and could care less. She does NOT respect the community, and tries to fool them with a few bogus events with NO substance. She's brilliant at "window dressing" to mask her INCOMPETENCE. Get rid of Magdalen Radovich!
Dec. 10, 2012, 3:26 pm
An Observer from Queens says:
Sounds like you're one of the teachers on the list of those they're trying to get rid of, and certainly not on the "hard working" list. Regardless of the administration, if a school does not have good teachers it will not succeed, as teachers are the most important requirement of a good education. This school isn't on the closure list because of how it's been doing these past few months. It's on the list because of prior year scores and to blame others is just an attempt at misdirecting fault.
Dec. 12, 2012, 3:55 pm
A Ex Flushing Highschool Student from Northern Blvrd says:
Flushing High School Should Definitly close down am a John Bowne Student now but changed school as a sophomore in 2011.Students are actually influenced by outside Gangs And like its like a "Hood" there's very few nice people but more tough violent students and like it used to be a nightmare for me because I used to get bullied badly.theres a lot of drug dealing and gang fights in side the school I don't recommend this school for someone that really wants to progress in society. In my time as a freshman I used to witness a lot of sexual activity in the staircase and teachers decide to just ignore that fact.The amount of graffiti in that school is a lot well I really don't know how is it with the new principle but there's nothing really done.John Bowne and Queens Vocational Highschool,LIC Highschool,Cardozo,Bayside, and many more are the best Highschools in New York Because Most Of the things that happen at Flushing Highschool Never Even happens in those schools.
Hopefully Thry get to close down
" Flushing Highschool " ...
Dec. 28, 2012, 3:47 pm
Student from South jamaica says:
Flushing highschool has alot of gang fights, alot of drugs including cocaine, alot of graffiti and violence to be honest this school is a School of Hard Knocks. I switched school because it is in the edge of POVERTY! Hopefully they close down this school and switch these queens kids to nice brooklyn and bronx kids serously...
Aug. 17, 2013, 5:34 pm
Teacher from Union says:
Ive been working at this school for many years and to be honest there is alot controversy but it all depends on the students they all have to work as a whole or else they would get a suspension i like the new principle but is way to strict on taking away many valueble teachers sometimes students seem to turn Flushing into a rebelliouse wild school of prison...
Sept. 7, 2013, 1:21 am
Avery Nelson from Queens says:
This school does not improve whatsoever theres to much violence everyday. Theres atleast 3-7 fights a day throughout FHS. Thats why many kids skip class since they dont want to be victims. Its a very bad school to go to.
July 6, 1:42 am

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