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The city Department of Education informed parents of students in the gifted and talented programs at PS 203 in Oakland Gardens that they will not be given admission as a group to middle school and will have to reapply to stay in the program.
“The DOE blindsided the parents who have children currently in these gifted and talented elementary school programs,” said parent Sandie Santos. “The parents at PS 203 were just notified this past November, one month before the middle school applications were due, that they were no longer going as a group into their middle school, MS 74, as they did last year.”
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 right of way exists, the tracks exist, the infrastructure, although it needs work, still exists — if we want to improve Queens transportation and stimulate economic growth for future development of our borough, the complete restoration and rehabilitation of the abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line is our best option.
Sandy revealed what our communities have known for too long: We need more transit options for our families in Queens. There is no better time than right now.
For several years now, Dmytro Fedkowskyj, Queens’ representative on the Panel for Educational Policy — the Department of Education’s policy-making body — has convened parents and community education council members at Borough Hall several times a year to discuss education issues and concerns with him and policy advisors to Borough President Helen Marshall.
On Tuesday, they met one last time. With Marshall — and likely Fedkowskyj, who serves at her pleasure — leaving office at the end of the month, the parents, officials, former teachers and CEC members gathered to put together a list of concerns and suggestions they hope Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz, her future PEP appointee and the de Blasio administration will tackle.
(NAPSI)—More and more Americans are looking forward to the holidays—and other occasions—as a way to look back.
Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz has tapped a long-time associate and a former rival for key positions in Borough Hall come January.
Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who dropped out of the borough president race this past summer, will serve as deputy borough president, a job that traditionally has included supervision of the borough’s community boards.
Plans to develop the right of way of the old Rockaway Beach Long Island Rail Road line are moving forward in all directions.
While the urban parks advocacy group The Trust for Public Land conducts its feasibility study for the proposal to build a High Line-type park on the old rail line between Rego Park and Ozone Park, Queens College is now joining in, planning a study next year on both that plan and a competing one to reactivate train service between Rego Park and the Rockaway Peninsula.
The first set of meetings between the groups leading the study of a proposed High Line-style park on the former Rockaway Beach rail corridor and the residents who live along the line started a little on the rocky side.
Before the conglomerate of organizations, led by urban park advocacy group The Trust for Public Land and the plan’s backers, Friends of the QueensWay, even began their short presentation in Woodhaven’s Emanuel Baptist Church on Nov. 12, they were shouted down by a handful of residents who thought the workshop was a public forum.
To say Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) is excited about the coming City Council session would be a gross understatement.
Re-elected to his first full term this month, he will be working with a new mayor he likes, a new speaker and a new Council membership he believes will be more attuned to the ideas of its Progressive Caucus.
Jordan Brown grew up in a suburb of Sydney, Australia. Javier Uanini was also raised in the Southern Hemisphere, but on the other side of the world in Argentina. Yujin Park, Boram Kim and Adalla Kim all come from South Korea.
The five of them don’t work or live together, but last Friday, they all sat at a table in the library of PS 254 in Richmond Hill preparing to speak to fourth-graders about where they come from, how life there differs from America and how it is similar.
It’s Saturday morning in Jackson Heights. Outside the Renaissance Charter School at 81st Street and 37th Avenue, young children begin filing into the facility for class.
But there is little resistance to going into a classroom at 10 a.m. on a weekend. Instead, these kids, who range in age from 6 to 13, are excited and anticipatory.
(BPT) - Achieving consistent quality of care regardless of a person’s race or ethnicity remains a critical goal for anyone with a stake in America’s health care system for improving health literacy – the ability to use and understand health information.
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), in conjunction with Flushing Hospital Medical Center hosted an Educational Forum on the Affordable Care Act and the new health insurance exchange, so that residents in Flushing and surrounding areas could learn about the changes to the nation’s healthcare system and how they can obtain coverage.
The event took place on Nov. 6 in the hospital’s newly renovated 5th floor auditorium. Meng and Bruce Flanz, president and CEO of Flushing Hospital, welcomed a group of panelists comprised of experts in managed care, as well as, local, state and city elected officials.
Angry parents and students gathered in the Richmond Hill High School auditorium last Thursday night to fight against the city Department of Education’s attempt to close down the school’s annex several blocks from the main building and turn it into a new high school.
Several students talked about how the annex, located at 94-25 117 St., serves as a transitional location for freshmen to adjust from middle school to high school. It also increases morale and school spirit, they said.
Back in June, students and parents at PS 232 rallied in front of the school on 153rd Avenue in Lindenwood demanding safer crossings there, specifically at the corner of 153rd Avenue and 83rd Street, where a number of students and parents often jaywalk to reach the Lindenwood Shopping Center across the street.
Four months after that rally, there were signs of progress, though the city Department of Transportation did not install crosswalks or stop signs or traffic lights. Instead, the DOT put up a large speed board warning drivers to slow down to 25 mph on that stretch of road.
The City Council voted overwhelmingly to approve a school at the site of the current Keil Brothers Garden Center in Bayside Hills, despite the plan having being delayed and thought to be dead.
Over the past year, residents, organizations and elected officials have called on the Department of Transportation to improve traffic conditions in Corona.
On Tuesday, residents said “enough is enough” and held a march for pedestrian safety.
A small explosion in a classroom at PS 64 injured or scared nearly three dozen students Wednesday morning, sending six to the hospital and causing panic in one classroom.
The explosion occurred at around 10:20 a.m. in a classroom in the building at 82-01 101 Ave.