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Crowley introduces subway noise act

As N and Q trains rattle up and down 31st Street, the clanging and banging sounds that reverberate from the steel elevated line have become a nuisance to the teachers, students and parents of PS 85.There have been rallies and petitions and now, local lawmakers are stepping in to say “enough is enough.”

Thursday 09/11/2014
School traffic safety on CB 10’s agenda
Posted: September 11, 2014

The September meeting of Community Board 10, held last Thursday — the first official day of school — in the Knights of Columbus Hall on Lefferts Boulevard in South Ozone Park, buzzed with words of caution concerning traffic safety.

“Please watch where you’re driving,” state Sen. Joe Addabbo. Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said, reminding residents of the five-point penalty for driving past a stopped yellow school bus.

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Parents rally against abusive PS 101 teacher
Posted: September 11, 2014

As students filed into PS 101 in Forest Hills for the first of the academic year’s approximately 180 school days, dozens of parents took to the sidewalk to protest the return of one of the school’s teachers.

According to claims made by numerous parents, first-grade science teacher Richard Parlini has made a habit of physically and verbally abusing his students over the course of at least a decade.

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Thursday 09/04/2014
PS 101 teacher out of classroom after parents protest
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 12:21 pm

As students filed into PS 101 in Forest Hills for the first of the academic year's approximately 180 school days, dozens of parents took to the sidewalk to protest the return of one of the school's teachers.

According to claims made by numerous parents, first-grade science teacher Richard Parlini has made a habit of physically and verbally abusing his students over the course of at least a decade. 

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City Hall prepares for day one of UPK
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 12:13 pm

In the final days before Mayor de Blasio’s ambitious — and perhaps signature — first term policy initiative rolls out, the finishing touches were being put on classrooms across the city, and City Hall was dealing with the bumps in the road.

More than 50,000 students, the first class in the mayor’s universal prekindergarten program, were slated to meet their teachers for the first time on Thursday.

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BTECH welcomes its first freshmen
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 12:14 pm

With the primary goal of making graduates workplace ready, Business Technology Early College High School, or BTECH, will open its doors to its first students on Sept. 4 in Martin Van Buren High School’s building in Queens Village.

To help the new pupils get their feet wet, orientations were held on Aug. 26 and 27, during which the incoming freshmen had the opportunity to tour their future home and become acquainted with some of their soon-to-be teachers.

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Today’s library: teaching tech alongside literacy
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 12:14 pm

We traditionally associate libraries with books. We assume that library programs will be based on topics associated with the humanities — literature, history, law, social studies, the arts. Today’s libraries have evolved to meet the changing needs of the community. Nowhere is that more evident than here in Queens. In addition to finding books, you can take an exercise class, learn new job skills, build a robot and receive help with your taxes. This broadened approach includes our younger patrons.

Math and science are critical components of the school curriculum. If libraries are truly supportive of education, they need to do more to facilitate learning in those areas. At the Queens Library’s Children’s Library Discovery Center in Jamaica, kids from all cultural and economic backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to learn the joy of reading, as well as the joy of scientific exploration.

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QUICK HITS
Updated: September 11, 2014 - 12:13 pm

2013 elections show the campaign finance law works, study says

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Thursday 08/28/2014
Mayor, in Richmond Hill, touts afterschool
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 11:50 am

Mayor de Blasio came to Queens on Monday, and his first stop was to the newly renovated Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens to promote one of his young administration’s latest education policies.

And it wasn’t universal prekindergarten

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DHS a no-show at CEC 24 meeting
Updated: September 04, 2014 - 11:50 am

With the start of the school year just days away, Community Education Council 24 met at PS 102 in Elmhurst on Tuesday, once again, to discuss the impact of homeless shelter construction on district schools.

The only problem was, much like at the Aug. 6 CEC 24 meeting, there were no representatives from the Department of Homeless Services to discuss the issue, disappointing the council and the approximately 50 people in attendance.

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