Whether a high score on the SHSAT — Specialized High School Admissions Test — ought to remain the single gateway to eight of the city’s elite high schools has become a hotly daebated issue.
Two bills being debated in Albany would require multiple criteria — including middle school attendance records, grade point averages and state test scores — play a role in admissions decisions.
Nina Doster of Jamaica is one of several parents from throughout New York State hoping to bring about education reform by challenging the state’s tenure laws.
She is part of a lawsuit on behalf of her daughter, Patience, 10, and son, King, 6, who attend PS 140 in Jamaica.
A Forest Hills street corner has a new literary moniker.
At a special ceremony hosted by Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) Sunday morning, the corner of 108th Street and 63rd Drive was officially minted “Sergei Dovlatov Way.”
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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Seeking to achieve in court what it could not get in arbitration, the United Federation of Teachers last week filed a lawsuit asking a judge to rule that teachers do not have to show their lesson plans to school administrators.
The suit, filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, grows out of an arbitrator’s ruling in May that while all teachers must create lesson plans, what they contain will be left up to them, according to multiple published reports. The arbitrator refused a union bid to also rule that principals and other supervisors would not even get to review the plans, prompting the suit.
Leroy Comrie’s message to voters, as he tries to unseat state Sen. Malcolm Smith this September, is a simple one.
“I’m not going to Albany as a typical freshman.”
When we Baby Boomers were growing up the changing of the seasons from summer to fall meant two things: (a) the start of a new school year and (b) the various TV networks launching their new primetime programs.
As students and teachers head back into the classroom, some parents and union officials are heading into the courtroom.
At issue are teacher tenure and other job protections for educators. The plaintiffs in two lawsuits filed against the state this summer — including two parents from Queens suing on behalf of their children — contend that tenure and the lengthy process for removing teachers are so onerous that many bad educators remain in the system, denying children their constitutional right to a sound basic education.
Bills to change the admissions criteria for the specialized high schools were defeated in the last state legislative session and won’t come up again until January when the next one starts. But that hasn’t stopped advocates on both sides of the issue from pushing their agendas, especially since election season is approaching.
The issue is especially hot in Queens, which sends more students (1,119) than any other borough to these high schools — Bronx Science, Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Tech, the High School of American Studies at Lehman College, Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, Brooklyn Latin School, the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at City College and Staten Island Tech — which currently require that admission is based on a single entrance exam, as mandated by the Hecht-Calandra Act of 1971. Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School for the Arts is the only specialized high school that does not require that students take the Specialized High School Admissions Test, but rather admits them through auditions.
With only six weeks to go in what is likely to be the borough’s most competitive campaign this year, state Senate candidate John Liu outlined his proposals for education if voters in the 11th Senate District opt to send him to Albany.
The former Flushing councilman and city comptroller, who is running in the Democratic primary against state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) next month, focused on three different points regarding school policy at a press conference last Friday outside Bayside High School: Common Core, class sizes and mayoral control. But he also offered his opinion on proposals to reform the admission process to specialized city high schools.
Tenure and other job protections for teachers deny the constitutional right of New York State children to a good education because they prevent even bad instructors from being fired, seven parents claim in a new lawsuit that seeks to overturn laws they say “confer permanent employment” for teachers.
Two Queens parents are among the plaintiffs: Nina Doster, suing on behalf of herself and her children, Patience and King McFarlane, who attend PS 140 in Jamaica; and Tauana Goins, suing on behalf of herself and her daughter, Tanai, who attends PS 106 in Rockaway. The other plaintiffs are from Brooklyn, the Bronx and Rochester, NY.