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Bayside HS PTA fights for Fair Student funds

Is the city effectively punishing high-performing Bayside High School for its success?Yes, says Parent Teacher Association Co-president Paul DiBenedetto.

Thursday 08/22/2019
Applying to high school simplified
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 12:04 pm

The anxiety and complications of getting into the high school or middle school of your choice in New York City have sometimes made getting a mortgage look simple.

Last week, the process was made simpler — though no less anxiety-inducing — when the city announced a new, streamlined application process that will take effect for the 2020 school year.

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Thursday 08/15/2019
Charter founder says city stalls on space
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 11:46 am

The founder of Success Academy Charter Schools has told the Chronicle that the group’s one middle school in the Borough of Queens is nearing its capacity, and is accusing the city of dragging its feet in the effort to secure more classroom space for fifth- and sixth-grade students.

Eva Moskowitz, who founded Success Academy in 2006, made the assertion on Aug. 8 during a sitdown interview at the Chronicle’s offices.

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‘Put children first,’ says angry Holden
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 11:45 am

City Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) blasted Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza this week for refusing to move a school for special-needs children out of a dilapidated building in the middle of the industrial district in Maspeth.

“I’m tired of playing politics with people who refuse to put the children first,” Holden said in a statement released after Carranza said he would hold fast to plans to rehabilitate the century-old school building on 57th Street, just off Grand Avenue.

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Protester says he was hit by DOE car
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 11:47 am

Charles Vavruska, education director for Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village), says he was hit by a car while protesting against Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza’s opposition to the Specialized High School Admissions Test in Bay Ridge on August 6.

“Carranza’s going to have to drive a tank if he wants to hurt me,” Vavruska, who was protesting as a citizen, not representing Holden’s office, told the Chronicle last Friday.

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Katz seeks new backpacks
Updated: August 22, 2019 - 11:46 am

Borough President Melinda Katz is again collecting new backpacks and school supplies this month for needy students.

It is the sixth year Katz’s office has joined with the Coaltion for Homeless for “Project: Back to School.”

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Friday 08/09/2019
Protester claims hit by Carranza's DOE car, pressing charges
Updated: August 15, 2019 - 12:11 pm

Charles Vavruska, education director for Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village), says he was hit by a car while protesting against Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza’s opposition to the Specialized High School Admissions Test in Bay Ridge on Tuesday.

“Carranza’s going to have to drive a tank if he wants to hurt me,” Vavruska told the Chronicle on Friday.

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Thursday 08/08/2019
Flushing teen gets perfect ACT score
Updated: August 15, 2019 - 12:15 pm

Only about .2 percent of students who took the ACT last year got the coveted 36 out of 36.

It is an elite club. And Townsend Harris High School senior Westar Zong, 17, is in it. The Flushing teen was notified that he scored a perfect 36 on the exam this year a few weeks ago.

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Thursday 08/01/2019
Holden, Nunziato disagree on PS 9
Updated: August 08, 2019 - 12:06 pm

Councilman Bob Holden (D-Middle Village) has called PS 9 “dilapidated” and has often criticized the location of the District 75 school for special needs students tucked away in an industrial part of Maspeth.

But one person who disagrees with Holden is Tony Nunziato, the man who replaced him as president of the Juniper Park Civic Association after Holden was elected to the City Council.

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CUNY colleges get two new presidents
Updated: August 08, 2019 - 12:09 pm

Two interim presidents were named this week at Queens colleges in the City University system.

All four colleges in the borough — Queens College, York College, LaGuardia and Queensborough Community College — have been without permanent leaders since last spring after a leadership shakeup at CUNY.

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