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Cardozo gears up

Benjamin N. Cardozo High School’s robotics team, the 5599 Sentinels, is ready to dominate the upcoming competition thanks to a generous donation from the Subraj Foundation.

Thursday 01/23/2020
Angry D26 parents drive out Carranza
Updated: January 23, 2020 - 2:14 pm

“My daughter, last month, was a victim of sexual assault!” yelled a father from the crowd at the Jan. 16 Community District Education Council meeting at Bayside’s MS 74. His shouts at city Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza sparked a passionate outcry from surrounding parents that proved uncontrollable enough to shut the meeting down early and force Carranza to make a backstage exit.

“Answer this man! His daughter was a victim of sexual assault!” another man bellowed at Carranza, incentivizing much of the audience to join in the shouting.

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Cuomo’s budget is $6 billion short
Posted: January 23, 2020

Staring at a $6 billion budget gap for the upcoming fiscal year, Gov. Cuomo is proposing to push more of the rising cost of Medicaid — which provides health coverage for low-income people — onto New York City.

At least $2 billion of the projected deficit is money the state has been paying toward the city’s share of the state’s annual $75 billion Medicaid costs.

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Scholars principal heads to Woodmere
Posted: January 23, 2020

Brian O’Connell, the founder and longtime principal of The Scholars’ Academy, the highly respected public high school in Rockaway Park, surprised a lot of parents last month when he announced he was leaving to head Lawrence Woodmere Academy, a private school just over the Nassau-Queens border in Woodmere.

O’Connell is the only principal The Scholars’ Academy has ever had. A selective school for grades 6 to 12, it is recognized as one of the city’s elite secondary schools and regularly shows up in the top echelon of rankings in the city and state.

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Monday 01/20/2020
Angry D26 parents drive out Carranza
Updated: January 23, 2020 - 4:46 pm

“My daughter, last month, was a victim of sexual assault!” yelled a father from the crowd at the Jan. 16 Community District Education Council meeting at Bayside’s MS 74. His shouts at city Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza sparked a passionate outcry from surrounding parents that proved uncontrollable enough to shut the meeting down early and force Carranza to make a backstage exit.

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Thursday 01/16/2020
Edison students tops in auto repair contest
Updated: January 23, 2020 - 11:59 am

Have tools, will travel — to the state finals in the annual high school Auto Tech Competition.

Omesh Deaudharrie and Brian Persaud, seniors at Thomas A. Edison Career & Technical Education High School in Jamaica, won the 30th annual New York City Auto Tech Competition held on Jan. 8 in Whitestone at the Center for Automotive Education and Training.

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School diversity: Is there middle way?
Updated: January 23, 2020 - 11:56 am

As some anxious parents gear up for a battle with the city’s Department of the Education over how to integrate the middle schools of central and South Queens, a new group is beginning to peak out from the crush.

“There must be a middle path and it’s up to us to find it,” said Elizabeth Polkovitz, a Rego Park mother with one child in elementary and another in middle school.

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Thursday 01/09/2020
Dancing, drawing, puppets and more
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 11:34 am

The lengthy body and giant head of a Chinese dragon puppet danced its way toward the Flushing Town Hall stage in the traditional Dragon Walk to sample a taste of what the center has to offer this upcoming year.

Puppetry in Practice produced the dragon for its Jan. 18 performance, Lunar New Year Tradition, which celebrates the Chinese New Year and 2020 as the Year of the Rat. The program is just one of 80 that Flushing Town Hall announced at its January to June events launch on Jan. 7.

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Outraged parents at diversity forum
Updated: January 16, 2020 - 11:38 am

For more than two hours, parents in School District 28 yelled at the city Department of Education — and each other — over a proposal to diversify the district’s middle schools at a heated meeting of Community Education Council 28 on Jan. 2.

The meeting was billed as a forum for parents to ask questions of the DOE and its consulting firm, WXY Studios, on how it plans to desegregate the schools — but opponents of the plan mostly took their time to accuse both entities of secrecy, and some supporters accused the other side of racism.

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Thursday 01/02/2020
Fighting City Hall — and violence
Updated: January 09, 2020 - 11:08 am

In the second half of 2019, Melinda Katz proved she has nine political lives, surviving a primary scare; a hockey and concert arena were coming to Nassau County, but just what is coming to Queens besides traffic is uncertain; the mayor and parents of Success Academy students still weren’t playing nice at recess; and water and sewer infrastructure in Southeast Queens went very well — until it turned very, very bad.

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