Sabina Kobinski’s great-uncle, a Roman Catholic priest, was performing Mass in Poland in 1942 when German soldiers entered his church and captured him for speaking ill of Adolph Hitler’s regime.
He would spend the next three years imprisoned in Eastern European concentration camps such as Dachau and the infamous Auschwitz facility.
Too often under the last administration in City Hall, the answer to the problems faced by schools whose students were struggling was to shut them down. Often it seemed like the option of first resort rather than of last resort, with former Mayor Bloomberg getting a poorly performing school in his sights — Jamaica High School is the perfect example — and then depriving it of the resources it would need to succeed, so he could then declare it a failure, close it and replace it.
Many schools in Queens were on his radar, and some barely escaped closure at the end of his tenure, thanks to a lawsuit filed by the United Federation of Teachers that successfully blocked the shutdowns. Those included John Adams High School in Ozone Park, Flushing High School and Long Island City High School.
Mayor de Blasio on Monday announced that 94 low-performing schools throughout the city, including 12 in Queens, would be designated “Community Schools” in an effort to improve test scores of struggling schoolchildren and move away from a policy of closing struggling city schools.
“We believe in strong public schools for every child,” de Blasio said at a press conference at the Coalition School for Social Change in Manhattan.
Public and private schools across the city and state could be getting updated technology into the classroom, if a $2 billion bond referendum is approved by voters during the Nov. 4 midterm election.
The referendum, formally known as the Smart Schools Bond Act, is proposed to place advanced technology and high-speed internet connectivity in classrooms across the state, according to the ballot language.
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.
2013 elections show the campaign finance law works, study says
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.