Category Archives: Education

District 24 Seeks Answers to Corona’s Long Overcrowded Classrooms

Concerned parents in Queens will hear a potential fix to overcrowding in Corona schools at this month’s Community Education Council 24 meeting. It is an old issue for the volunteer members of the parent organization, which advises on schools in Corona, Glendale, Elmhurst, Maspeth, Middle  Village and Ridgewood. But the April 28 meeting at PS 19 on Roosevelt Avenue will be the first in which Education Department officials will pitch this particular fix, which will create a new zone for … Continue reading

City Approves Controversial Woodside School Plan Slammed by Parents

The city Panel for Educational Policy voted in favor of temporarily relocating hundreds of Woodside students to a school on the other side of the district in Astoria, disappointing parents and lawmakers who had long issued scathing criticism for the plan they were hoping Mayor de Blasio’s administration would overturn. Elected officials from all levels of government came out against the plan, which will send about 250 kindergarteners from PS 11 in Woodside to PS 171 in Astoria as their … Continue reading

Success for Forest Hills School’s First Speech Squad

It was another celebration of firsts for the new Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Forest Hills. The school’s speech team competed its way to the state championships in Delhi, N.Y. over the weekend after a successful performance at the Brooklyn Queens Catholic Forensic League’s regional qualifier in February. Coach and 10th grade English teacher Adam King said the crew was thrilled to see five of its own high schoolers qualify for the statewide competition. “To compete on this level is … Continue reading

De Blasio Boasts Pre-K Program in Ridgewood

Mayor Bill de Blasio picked a school in Ridgewood to push his universal pre-kindergarten program, for which parents have until the end of April to apply. “This is about reaching parents where they live,” de Blasio said to a room full of students and administrators at PS 239. “It’s going to take a mix of new media and old-fashioned community organizing to reach every family. From our Taxi and Limousine Commission to community groups in immigrant neighborhoods, we’re working with … Continue reading

Katz Appoints Kittredge to Community Education Council 28

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz appointed a Forest Hills parent to her hometown education council. Ann Kittredge, a parent of public school children who attend PS 101 Q and the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School in Forest Hills, was given a position on the Community Education Council for District 28, which includes schools in Forest Hills, Jamaica, and Kew Gardens. Her appointment will fill the void left by Deborah Dillingham, who Katz tapped to be her representative on the citywide Panel … Continue reading

Forest Hills School Celebrates Successful Crowd-Funded Musical

A man-eating plant never meant so much to these Forest Hills students. A cast of 58 8th, 9th and 10th graders capped off a successful weekend with the Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School’s first-ever musical production, “Little Shop of Horrors,” its producer said. “This has been one of the highest levels of prolonged commitment we have seen from students in the after-school hours,” said Sarah Bever, a theater arts teacher at the school who helped produce the show. “Students learned a … Continue reading

Conference Set in Teacher’s Harassment Case Against Former Middle Village Principal

A settlement conference has been scheduled between a former Middle Village teacher and her boss accused of sexual harassment, court records showed. Special education teacher Lisa Calise first filed the lawsuit against former PS 49 principal Anthony Lombardi in December, alleging she was forced to resign after shooting down his sexual advances, according to court documents. Their attorneys met last week and pegged May 30 for the initial settlement conference to determine whether or not the case will go to … Continue reading

CEC 24 Slams City Over PS 229 Bus Problems

PS 229 parents in Woodside are calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to find a new solution to an old problem. Community Education Council 24 met Tuesday night to revisit an issue that started in 2010 when the city first revoked yellow bus service from some elementary students at the Woodside school, sparking outrage among parents and educators. Members of the council asked members of the Office of Pupil Transportation to sway de Blasio’s new administration to reconsider their pleas … Continue reading

City Delays Vote on Busing Hundreds of PS 11 Students to Distant School

Plans to temporarily relocate Woodside students to a school on the other side of the district in Astoria have been put on hold – for now. Politicians and parents have been pulling for the city Education Department to nix its plan to bus approximately 250 kindergartners from PS 11 students from Woodside to PS 171 in Astoria as their school undergoes an expansion project, and a recent vote to delay a decision was welcome news. City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña … Continue reading

Queens College Recounts Horrid History of Genocide’s Impact on Women

Queens College assembled a panel of academics Monday to examine how and why mass genocides in the past affected female populations specifically, while also considering their role in such tragedies. Professors Joyce Warren and Elissa Bemporad helped select the eight speakers as part of the college’s Virginia Frese Palmer conference in recognition of Women’s History Month. “It’s always surprising to realize what little mentions of women there are in these kinds of stories,” Bemporad said. “It seems so obvious that … Continue reading

Bishop thanks blood donors at Middle Village’s Christ the King

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio gave a big thanks to high schoolers in Middle Village for opening their hearts and arms to those in need. Christ the King High School at 68-02 Metropolitan Ave. led all Catholic high schools in the Brooklyn-Queens Diocese during last year’s blood drive, dumping a total of 287 pints of blood for the good cause. DiMarzio honored Christ the King at a special ceremony, the school said last week, recognizing students and staffers for their efforts as … Continue reading

Students’ personal info should not be shared with inBloom, Nolan says

Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Ridgewood) was at the head of a Standing Committee on Education hearing last week bringing into question the practice of storing personal student information in the name of efficiency. The state Education Department signed a contract in 2012 with inBloom, a non-profit information collector, with the intent of helping teachers access educational resources, materials and sensitive student data. The deal has since been met with wide skepticism over whether or not students’ personal information could and should … Continue reading

New PS 49 Head Makes Mark on Middle Village School

A Middle Village school’s principal has been at PS/IS 49 for less than a week – but he is already landing rave reviews. Students, teachers and staff at the school located at 63-60 80th St. welcomed Tom Carty in this week as its new leader, taking the place of Anthony Lombardi, who announced his retirement earlier this year. And even though it was only his first week, PS 49 PTA President Alicia Vaichunas said Carty has kept himself busy. “I … Continue reading

Thumbs-up for Bloomberg co-location plans draws criticism

The city’s decision to move forward with many of Mayor Bloomberg’s final proposals for school co-locations drew criticism from some city and Queens leaders, who said the policy to place two or more schools in the same physical building often results in overcrowding and some students landing more resources than others. City officials announced last week that of Mayor Bloomberg’s final 49 co-location proposals, issued last year for schools throughout the five boroughs, 35 will move forward, nine were withdrawn, … Continue reading

City Aims to Roll Out Major Expansion of After-School Programs

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to double the number of middle school students in after-school programs could, city officials said, result in better academic results and peace of mind for working parents – but state leaders, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, are not backing the mayor’s proposal to pay for the expansion by raising taxes. On Monday, de Blasio and members of his administration unveiled a plan to increase the number of after-school programs from 239 spots to 512 in an … Continue reading