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Lunar New Year now a city school holiday

At PS 20 in Flushing, close to 75 percent of the student population is Asian American, and every year those children are absent from the classroom on Lunar New Year.Starting next year, their classmates will also be out of school on that day.

Thursday 06/25/2015
New York Pops to spend summers in Forest Hills
Posted: June 25, 2015

The New York Pops, the largest independent pops orchestra in the country, has found its new summer home in the heart of Queens.

The famed music group announced at a press conference last Friday that it will be “indefinitely” calling the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium its summer home, with its first two concerts at the venue set for August.

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Budget delivers for city public schools
Updated: June 25, 2015 - 3:54 pm

City public schools will be receiving several upgrades thanks to the city’s $78.5 billion budget announced by Mayor de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan, Bronx) on Monday.

One of the investments is $17.9 million to bring “breakfast in the classroom” to 530 elementary schools, which according to government officials would serve 339,000 students, by fiscal year 2017.

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Mayor, Council strike $78.5B budget deal
Updated: June 25, 2015 - 12:04 pm

Queens in general and the library system in particular appear to be doing very well in a tentative city budget agreement announced by Mayor de Blasio and Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito on Tuesday.

Officials told the Chronicle that they expect a formal agreement on the $78.5 billion spending plan by the end of the week. The budget for fiscal year 2016 takes effect on July 1.

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Mayoral control gets one-year extension
Updated: June 25, 2015 - 12:26 pm

Mayor de Blasio was dealt a setback on Tuesday as leaders in Albany agreed to extend mayoral control of public schools for only one year.

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Thursday 06/18/2015
‘Time for action’ on mayoral control
Updated: June 25, 2015 - 11:52 am

At the time this paper went to press on Wednesday afternoon, lawmakers in Albany were still debating legislation that needs their approval to stay in effect — one of the most important being the extension of mayoral control of public schools.

Originally enacted in 2002 during the Bloomberg administration, mayoral control gives City Hall’s top official oversight of the public school system — doing away with the Board of Education and local school boards and replacing them with the Department of Education and community education councils, respectively.

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Closing Corona daycare gets more time
Updated: June 25, 2015 - 11:52 am

While the Sheltering Arms / Malcolm X Early Childhood Education Center in Corona, which was told in April that it would have to close or move by July 24, has been given a lease extension until next January, staff and families are still hoping for a way to stay permanently.

“We would still like to stay where we are,” Principal Hope Cannady said Wednesday.

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Free carnival is on; PS 120 principal out
Updated: June 25, 2015 - 11:53 am

There’s good news for children from the Flushing area, who will get a special treat on June 30 with a free carnival just for them from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the PS 20 playground, at 142-20 Barclay Ave.

Impetus for the event — sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Kim (D-Flushing) and the Chinese-American Planning Council — was a children’s carnival held at PS 120, also in Flushing, last month that the principal, Joan Monroe, only allowed children to participate in if they paid $10.

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Thursday 06/11/2015
Queens Library boss looks to an exciting future
Updated: June 18, 2015 - 11:38 am

Bridget Quinn-Carey apparently isn’t afraid of a challenge.

When she became interim president and CEO of the Queens Library in December, the organization was racked with scandal and its Board of Trustees in turmoil. Seven months later she is locked in a struggle to pry $65 million from Mayor de Blasio to restore citywide library funding only to 2008 levels.

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Electeds, DOE spar over trailers, Parkway
Updated: June 18, 2015 - 11:38 am

Parkway Hospital at 70-35 113 St. in Forest Hills has sat vacant since its closure in 2008.

The site has gone up for auction multiple times in the last two years, with a real estate firm even drawing up plans to turn it into condominiums.

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