On Feb. 28, the Auburndale Improvement Association, Inc. sent Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a a letter requesting to meet with her regarding PS 130, located at 200-01 42 Ave. in Bayside. To date, we have received no response from her or anyone on her staff. The letter was sent certified, return receipt requested, so we know that our letter was received by the chancellor’s office.
In the letter, we told the chancellor about our civic association’s goal to allow local children living around PS 130 to be given priority placement in that school. The school is geographically in District 26, but is utilized by District 25. Most students are bused in or delivered to the school by car from other distant areas. Meanwhile, children living around the school have to be bused to other overcrowded schools in District 26. We also sent more than 200 petition signatures and many comments from residents living immediately around PS 130. They want the school back. Surely, their concerns deserve some type of consideration.
If PS 130 were returned to the local community, it would no doubt alleviate the need to construct a school on the Keil property in Bayside. There is still a lot of controversy swirling around that plan. It would appear to my civic that new schools would be better utilized elsewhere in District 26, as well as in District 25.
This is not the first time that my civic group has been ignored regarding this issue. Former Chancellor Dennis Walcott and other Department of Education officials ignored our requests to meet as well.
We would still like to meet with Chancellor Fari–a to discuss this issue. We have written her a second letter to request a meeting and have asked our local elected officials for support. There must be some way to enable local children to receive priority placement at PS 130. We feel that would be in their best educational interest.
At the same time, we do not wish to interrupt the education of those students currently attending PS 130. By meeting, details can be worked out so that everyone wins.
We will continue to advocate for what is right for the children living around what should be a neighborhood school first.
When the union representing school bus drivers and matrons called off a one-month strike in February 2013, then-Public Advocate and mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio was among the many political supporters who said they would, if elected, re-examine the issue that led to the picket lines — employee protection provisions.
Local 1811 of the Amalgamated Transit union on March 27 organized a rally outside City Hall prior to a City Council Education Committee hearing on EPPs.
NYPD Chief Philip Banks III last week was named as the 13th recipient of the William Tucker Garvin Award, an honor given out every year by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.
The award is presented during Black History Month to an individual of African-American heritage in recognition of outstanding public service.
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fari–a retired from the department she now runs in 2006 after four decades as a teacher, principal and superintendent with a pension worth $199,579 per year. Now that she’s back in the department as its chancellor, she’s also receiving the salary that goes with her position.
When added together, that means Fari–a is making more than her boss, Mayor de Blasio.
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña retired from the department she now runs in 2006 after four decades as a teacher, principal and superintendent with a pension worth $199,579 per year. Now that she’s back in the department as its chancellor, she’s also receiving the salary that goes with her position.
With less than 48 hours to go before taking office, new Mayor Bill de Blasio chose one of his most important advisors to lead the nation’s largest school system.
Carmen Farina, a former teacher, principal, deputy mayor and superintendent, was announced as his pick for schools chancellor on Monday at the Brooklyn junior high school de Blasio’s two children attended.
Mayor Bloomberg reflects on his 12 years as mayor of New York City on Friday morning during a visit with students at Bard High School in Long Island City as Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, left, and Bard student Omar Ferreira of Woodhaven look on.
During his 12-year run in office, Mayor Bloomberg had fewer issues more contentious than education.
But with 11 days remaining in office, it was a school in Queens that Bloomberg chose last Friday to discuss and assess what he has termed a very successful mayoralty.
When Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio takes the oath of office on Jan. 1, he will have inherited complete control of the nation’s largest school system.
That means when the new Panel for Educational Policy meets next year, eight of the 13 appointees will be his.
Upset about the DOE’s abrupt change to the middle-school enrollment procedure for District 26’s gifted and talented program, the parents of children in the program packed a public community education council meeting at MS 67 last Thursday night to air their grievances.
For the first time, fifth-graders in the gifted and talented class at PS 203 in Oakland Gardens will no longer automatically continue with the program at MS 74. Traditionally, each class would move on to a specific middle school together as a group.
Mayor Mike Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott in 2011.
When Mayor Bloomberg leaves office at the end of this month, he will do so having a legacy of completely transforming the largest school system in the nation.
Whether that transformation has been positive or negative is a contentious argument that will continue to define the legacy of the city’s longest-serving mayor in nearly half a century.
The uncertainty remains over a plan to build a high school on the site of a former country club in Whitestone as this year draws to a close.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said in October that he had learned the School Construction Authority was seriously looking into the former Cresthaven Country Club site at 150-33 Sixth Ave. to build a much-needed high school. But area residents oppose the plan, saying the site floods and lacks public transportation and sewers.
Howard Beach’s PS 207 may have been the most heavily damaged school in Queens by Hurricane Sandy.
The school, at 159-15 88 St., is in the heart of the heavily residential Rockwood Park section of the neighborhood that was hit hard by Sandy’s storm surge last year.
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.
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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.