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Kisook Ahn, the Woodside nurse who was killed in the Dec. 1 Metro North train derailment near the Spuyten Duyvil station, was remembered at a funeral Mass last Saturday as a kind and extremely bright nurse, outstanding student and devoted family member.
The service at St. Sebastian Roman Catholic Church in Woodside was attended by more than 150 family members, friends, colleagues and fellow parishioners.
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.
The crowded District 19 City Council race in the Tuesday Democratic primary will pit seasoned veterans against first-time candidates.
Only one will be named the winner and face Republican Dennis Saffran in the November election.
“We want justice” — 145 teachers at the Lexington School for the Deaf spelled out in American Sign Language on Tuesday afternoon after contract negotiations hit an impasse and they took to the front of the school to protest.
The teachers, all members of the New York State United Teachers union, began negotiations at the end of May, but when their contract officially ended on Aug. 31, the group had still not reached an agreement with the administration.
Seven candidates vying to represent their home neighborhood of Astoria in the City Council voiced their thoughts on the topic of schools during a forum hosted by Zone 126, an Astoria Houses group focused on education, on Tuesday night.
Constantinos “Gus” Prentzas, Community Board 1 member and small business owner; Costa Constantinides, deputy chief of staff to City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows); John Ciafone, a lawyer; Danielle De Stefano, a volleyball coach at Monsignor McClancy High School and avid volunteer; Gerald Kann, a writer and teacher; Daniel Peterson, an administrator at a commercial real estate firm; and Lynn Serpe, an environmental consultant for various organizations including the Queens Library, have all thrown their hats into the ring and spoke on Tuesday.
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.
With one month to go before the new school year begins, some parents, staff and students at a College Point elementary school are seeking a change in leadership.
They say Jennifer Jones-Rogers, principal at PS 29, located at 125-10 23 Ave., harasses her staff, flouts legal requirements and bullies her students, and they want her removed.