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Queens PEP representative Dmytro Fedkowskyj has been chosen to serve on an education subcommittee in Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio’s transition team.
Dmytro Fedkowskyj, who has represented Queens on the Department of Education’s policy-making body, the Panel for Educational Policy, is now serving on the subcommittee dealing with education on the transition team of Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio.
Fedkowskyj, who lives in Middle Village, was appointed by Borough President Helen Marshall to the PEP in 2011. He acknowledged that he had been chosen to serve on a subcommittee.
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.
Dmytro Fedkowskyj, Queens’ representative on the Panel for Educational Policy, speaks to parents, teachers and CEC members at Borough Hall Tuesday evening.
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.
With only a few months left in Mayor Bloomberg’s term, the city Department of Education is seeking to approve at least three more co-locations and extend one in borough schools at the end of October.
Two of the co-locations are for new Success Academy Charter School branches in Southeast Queens — one serving kindergarten through fourth grade in the August Martin High School building, the other at IS 59 in Springfield Gardens. The third new co-location is for a new district elementary school in Jamaica serving grades K through five in the same building as PS 40 on Union Hall Street.
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
The city Department of Education is expected to announce this summer that they will take an unprecedented step and propose a series of co-locations and enrollment reductions at schools all across the city, several sources say.
Such plans are usually proposed in the spring, but doing it in the fall will enable them to be approved before the Bloomberg administration leaves office.
The student privacy bill, which would allow parents and students 18 and older to opt out of the state Education Department’s disclosure of personal identifiable information to a third party, is still up in the air as the legislative session came to a close this week.
After the bill, introduced by Assembly Education Chairwoman Cathy Nolan (D-Sunnyside) and co-sponsored by Assemblyman Phillip Goldfeder (D-Howard Beach), passed the Assembly unanimously, the Senate took no action.
InBloom, the controversial nonprofit organization that will be providing data storage for the State Education Department and Department of Education, has ruffled the feathers of parents and activist groups all over the city.
The group, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, describes itself as a “provider of technology services that allow states and public school districts to better integrate student data and third-party applications to support sustainable, cost-effective personalized learning.”
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.
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.
The city Department of Education has been placing a number of students into special screened and audition schools, such as Frank Sinatra High School of the Arts in Astoria, despite their not meeting eligibility.
“They basically circumvented their own process,” said Dmytro Fedkowskyj, Queens’ representative on the Panel for Educational Policy. “There’s a process and that’s a process that needs to be followed.”
Elementary students all over the borough are currently in the midst of one of the most stressful times of their young years — standardized testing.
But for some students with disabilities, the test is difficult, and sometimes impossible, to take.
Last month, the city Department of Education faced a barrage of anger and frustration from parents, teachers and union officials over the closing or co-locating of more than 100 schools citywide.
Now, as the changes agreed to by the Panel for Education Policy in last month’s two vociferous meetings begin implementation, the DOE is promoting its plans, including the opening of dozens of schools across the city.
The clock is ticking.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and Deputy Schools Chancellor Marc Sternberg told parents, District 30 and Panel on Educational Policy representatives and Astoria politicians at a meeting on Monday that the Department of Education would answer their concerns in a week about changes the department would like to make to the Gifted and Talented program at PS 122.
The Panel for Educational Policy, the policy-making body of the city Department of Education, approved seven alterations to schools in Queens on March 20, in a meeting that was far less contentious than the one earlier this month in which two borough high schools were closed.
It won’t be closed, but JHS 226 is not happy about the city Department of Education’s plans for the building.
The DOE is proposing to collocate a new school at the junior high located at 121-10 Rockaway Blvd. in South Ozone Park, and the decision is dÈj‡-vu all over again for a school community that remembers a disastrous experience with collocations a decade ago.
The police officers and bodies in suits standing guard at the end of the auditorium aisles have become a familiar staple of late winter and early spring meetings of the Panel for Educational Policy in recent years.
The policy-making arm of the city Department of Education decided the fates of dozens of city schools, including two high schools in Queens — Business, Computer Applications and Entrepreneurship; and Law, Government and Community Service — and voted on a slew of other new collocated schools, including new ones that will be placed in Flushing and Newtown high schools at a meeting Monday night at Brooklyn Technical High School.
Newtown High School doesn’t need a separate school that focuses on teaching English as a second language, because the facility already offers such classes, according to parents, teachers and East Elmhurst residents at a meeting on Feb. 27.
Department of Education representatives presented a proposal to add an international school to Newtown, which serves a diverse population of students. Sixty percent of the 2,251 students are Hispanic and 25 percent are Asian.
To members of the Flushing High School community, the Department of Education’s plan to open two new schools in its building and decrease enrollment in the school is nothing more than a backdoor attempt to do what they failed to do last year:
Get rid of it. The two schools the DOE is planning to add to Flushing High School would open in September.
Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, in sunglasses, joins Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, center left, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, center, Queens PEP representative Dmytro Fedkowskyj, next to Crowley, Principal Khurshid Abdul-Mutakabbir, behind her, and students for the Maspeth High School ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Don’t know what networks are?
Neither did many of the parents and school leaders at the District 30 Community Education Council meeting last Thursday who called the networks inaccessible and a waste of money.
Members of the community and local elected officials gathered on Monday to celebrate the inaugural year of the new Maspeth High School building.
“I feel a wonderful spirit in this building,” Queens Borough President Helen Marshall said. “This school will teach many minds how to work and how to plan for the future.”