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High school seniors in the city saw their average SAT scores rise by eight points this year, while students nationwide saw a three-point decline, Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced Tuesday.
More city students are taking the SAT, as well as advanced placement exams, than ever before, and the improvements are seen across all ethnic groups, the two said, asserting that the results prove the administration’s 12 years of education reforms are working.
A plan to ease overcrowding at PS/IS 49 in Middle Village was unanimously rejected by District 24’s Community Education Council on Nov. 27.
The proposal changed the zone boundaries of the school, located at 63-60 80 St. to allow some sections of Middle Village zoned for PS/IS 49 to be moved to within the boundaries of PS/IS 128 at 69-10 65 Dr., about a half mile west of PS/IS 49 and PS 102 on Van Horn Street in Elmhurst.
The public hearing on the proposed new high school co-location at JHS 226 in South Ozone Park on Oct. 23 was unlike most co-location hearings. It wasn’t a long night for irate parents and teachers demanding Mayor Bloomberg’s and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott’s heads on a platter.
Whether it was support, apathy, or just cynicism, only five parents of students at JHS 226, and the middle school that was co-located in the same building this year, MS 297, spoke against the proposed new high school at the hearing, which lasted just about 25 minutes.
More than 200 city schools — including 54 in Queens — have been invited to take part in a contest sponsored by the city Department of Education to find new and innovative ways for schools to engage families.
“When schools and families work together to support learning, everyone benefits,” said Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott in a statement. “The Essential Allies Challenge encourages parent involvement and establishes effective collaborations with families to support the academic success of our students.”
Three Queens elementary schools have joined a prestigious group.
PS 66 in Richmond Hill, PS 46 in Oakland Gardens and PS 221 in Little Neck have all been awarded the Blue Ribbon honor by the U.S. Department of Education, the latest in a growing number of Queens schools to receive the award.
At 7:48 a.m. last Thursday at the corner of 71st Street and Grand Avenue, a Honda Pilot barreled into five students on their way to school, IS 73.
The driver, 40-year-old Francis Lu, was attempting to parallel park his car but as the SUV swept into the space, he stepped on the gas instead of the brake just as Angie Pena and her two friends walked by.
The Public School Athletic League in September will considerably strengthen academic and attendance eligibility requirements this September for students seeking to play on interscholastic sports teams.
“The goal of these new requirements is to increase graduation rates and academic performance of students participating in PSAL,” Eric Goldstein, chief executive of school support services at the PSAL, said in a memo to principals last February.
Scores for the new, more rigorous New York State Common Core tests were released last week. As expected, the results were not good and they gave ammunition to those who have been critical of the Bloomberg administration’s education policies.
However, New York City actually fared pretty well when compared to schools in other cities in the state and the gap between scores in the city and statewide averages closed considerably, and the mayor is lauding those results as a new benchmark for improvement.
Scores for the new, more rigorous New York State Common Core tests were released Wednesday, and as expected, the results were not goo
Community Board 11 Chairman Jerry Iannence lashed out Monday at the city Department of Education and School Construction Authority over plans to hold a meeting about a proposed school at the site of Keil Brothers garden store on 48th Avenue without a member of the board.
In a letter to Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Iannece said the board did not know about a planned subcommittee hearing on the location that had been scheduled for the week of July 22 but was called off only days before, and said he felt the move was an effort to deliberately leave out the community.
Councilman Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) gets memos on his desk all the time. But one piece of information that crossed his desk in mid-June took him by complete surprise.
The memo explained that the city Department of Education is planning to co-locate a new school in the Martin Van Buren High School building in Queens Village and a vote on the proposal would come in October, only weeks before the Bloomberg administration is out of office.
The Department of Education is seeking more land to help alleviate major overcrowding at PS 143 in Corona.
“We desperately want to find land,” Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott told about 100 parents on Monday night, adding he would let them know about additional space in three weeks.
Chancellor Dennis Walcott speaks to PS 143 parents and teachers about overcrowding fixes.
PS 143 parent Angelica Saldado held signs with dozens of other parents at a meeting on overcrowding attended by Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott.
Mayor Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott honored 11 teachers from around the city this week as winners of the first “Big Apple Awards” to recognize excellence in education, but none from Queens made the cut. Each winner will receive a $3,500 grant for use in the classroom and will serve as a “Big Apple Ambassador,” advising the city Department of Education.
State Education officials have stepped in to implement a long-awaited teacher evaluation plan for the city, months after the city Department of Education and unions failed to agree on one themselves.
The plan, announced by State Education Commissioner John King on Saturday, will be four-tiered — teachers will be rated highly effective, effective, developing or ineffective —and will make it easier for underperforming teachers to be terminated. Under the plan, which will be implemented in September, a teacher rated “ineffective” twice will be subject to possible termination and there will be a shorter appeals process, which will be open only to teachers rated “ineffective,” and where the burden of proof will be on the teacher.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is standing by the state’s decision —blasted by many Queens parents— to hire inBloom Inc. a nonprofit group that will provide the technology to store student data in a central Education Data Portal.
“InBloom is not anything new,” Walcott said at a town hall Community Education Council 24 meeting on Tuesday. “In the past, information has always been shared with the state, it’s just that this particular company that will hold the data is new.”
Community Education Council 24 President Nick Comaianni, above with Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, with mike, says the district has approved one charter school during the last 10 years; however, proposed charters with their own building stand a better chance. Arista Hellenic Charter is seeking to set up shop in an old school building owned by the Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church in Corona.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott speaking at a town hall meeting hosted by CEC 24. Walcott was criticized by parents for his stance on the inBloom database.
The city Department of Education announced Tuesday that it will significantly expedite the removal of polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, from city schools from the original 10-year deadline to three and a half years from now — a total of five years from the project’s 2011 start date.
The announcement came as a result of a settlement between the city and the activist organization New York Communities for Change, which sued the city last fall to move up the project after PCBs were found leaking from lighting ballasts in dozens of city schools, including IS 204 in Long Island City.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott blasted Community Board 11 and its Chairman Jerry Iannece for allegedly allowing reps from the School Construction Authority endure verbal abuse during a contentious May 6 public meeting.
The gathering featured heated exchanges regarding the proposed creation of a school at what is currently the site of the Keil Brothers Garden Center and Nursery at 210-11 48th Ave. in Bayside. The board ultimately voted it down, but not before angry exchanges occurred between the public and SCA reps Christopher Persheff and Monica Gutierrez.
Members attending the inaugural meeting of the Education Task Force convened by Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-Corona) last Thursday were asked to keep an eye out for lots and empty buildings that could be utilized to combat overcrowding in school districts 24 and 30.
At PS 142 students start lunch at 9:30 a.m. and only attend physical education four months out of the year, one parent said.
Don’t expect any hot dogs for lunch at PS 244. No chicken tenders either.
The Active Learning Elementary School, at 137-20 Franklin Ave. in Downtown Flushing, is the first school in the United States to offer a vegetarian-only lunch menu beginning Tuesday.
Four of the Democratic hopefuls for mayor gathered at Queens College on Tuesday to talk about education, public safety and other issues.
Former Councilman Sal Albanese, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, Comptroller John Liu and 2009 Democratic nominee Bill Thompson attended the event, which was co-moderated by journalist Errol Louis and Michael Krasner, a political science professor at the school.