For the second time in two years, the city’s Department of Education will host a public hearing on a proposal to co-locate a new charter school within August Martin High School in Jamaica.New Visions Charter High School for Advanced Math and Science IV would, if approved next month, open in September with between 115 and 140 ninth-grade students, adding one grade level per year until 2018-19, when it will have grades nine through 12 and between 460 and 560 students.
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced on Monday that 10 schools will receive funding to strengthen or establish Career and Technical Education programs. The funding will be provided by the GE Foundation, a philanthropic subsidiary of General Electric.
“This is not a vocational school,” Fariña said at Thomas Edison High School, which has a CTE program. “This is training for college and beyond.”
Few people love their jobs as much as freshman city Councilman Rory Lancman.
“I enjoy campaigning; I enjoy governing,” said Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows). “If it weren’t fun, I wouldn’t do it.”
Mayor de Blasio last Thursday appeared at Richmond Hill High School to tout the effectiveness of his Renewal School program, a $150 million initiative he and city Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña launched in November in an effort to improve 94 struggling public schools, including the one where he spoke.
“We have a plan to fix long-struggling schools, and we’ll hold ourselves and these schools accountable for results,” the mayor said in the school’s library.
The school year may be near to winding down in April as summer comes into view, but the first full month of spring is a busy one as elections for the city’s 32 community education councils draw near.
And the busiest CEC election in Queens will be District 24’s, as 37 people will be running for nine open seats on the board next month.
Western Queens school community members are vying for a seat on the District 30 Community Education Council, where they will have a say in capital plans, city Department of Education policy issues and school zoning lines.
This year, 28 people have applied for 11 seats on the CEC 30, which encompasses Astoria, Ditmars, East Elmhurst, Long Island City, Jackson Heights, Sunnyside and Woodside.
With funding for more than 17 afterschool programs, including four in Queens, set to run out this summer, education advocates are calling on the city to fund them through the executive budget rather than the Department of Education.
Funding for the Comprehensive After School System of New York City is slated to end on June 30.
Officers in school parents’ organizations under the direction of Community Education Councils 26, 28 and 29 will select parental representatives to their boards in an online election that takes place between April 19 and May 8.
According to regulations on the website of city’s Department of Education, CEC members duties include:
Close to 30 people stood outside Francis Lewis High School last Friday to protest Gov. Cuomo’s education proposals, which include increasing the number of charter schools and introducing a merit pay system.
“Governor Cuomo is trying to defund, disrupt and dismantle our public education system,” Leonie Haimson, executive director of the advocacy group Class Size Matters, said outside the Fresh Meadows High School, located at 58-20 Utopia Pkwy.
“Determine what you want to be and go for it with everything you’ve got. Don’t get distracted by obstacles. If you stay focused, usually you’ll achieve,” Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf advised young women at a special Women’s History Month event at York College on March 11.
Liberia’s Iron Lady had been speaking on international politics and her achievements thus far, but it was when she was asked to give advice to up-and-coming women striving for greatness that she really showed excitement.
The Queens Interagency Council on Aging, a network that serves as a single voice for seniors…
The Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach hosted its 53rd Annual Dinner Dance party on Saturday at Ro…
Pictures taken at the Feb. 26 NYFAC 17th annual dinner fundraiser.