City Comptroller Audit Reveals DOE Flaws

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer While overcrowding continues to stifle City schools – Queens schools in particular – an audit conducted by City Comptroller Scott Stringer reveals that the Dept. of Education did not properly address overcrowding in the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years. According to the audit, a third of City schools were overcrowded […]

Parents Push For School Redistricting

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer A small group of Northwestern Queens parents are tired of being juggled from one school district to another. A two-block region known by locals as the “lost peninsula” sits against two districts – students living there spend third, fourth and fifth grade in District 24, but are in District 30 […]

Education: Corona Schools Suffer From Overcrowding

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer As the Latino population continues to grow in Corona, it faces a huge educational difficulty: overcrowding. In the area covered by Community Education Council 24, which includes Corona and Elmhurst, overcrowding in elementary and middle schools is rampant. Although many are working to resolve or lessen this problem, the challenge […]

Chancellor Addresses Schools’ Future

BY JORDAN GIBBONS Staff Writer Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña spoke to Borough President Melinda Katz’s Parents Advisory Board Tuesday night to highlight the positive aspects in schools and get input on the negatives. This was Fariña’s first Advisory Board meeting in the City since she took over as Chancellor in January, Katz said. Katz opened […]

Albany Recognizes Sunnyside Community Leader

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer A Sunnyside community leader repped her neighborhood and received major accolades in Albany last week. Judy Zangwill, the executive director of Sunnyside Community Services, was honored by State Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) at the 17th annual New York State Senate Women of Distinction ceremony. The Women of Distinction program, which […]

Op-Ed: Ending The Shuffle, Keeping Continuity

BY NILY ROZIC, EDWARD BRAUNSTEIN and GRACE MENG Families in School District 26, which covers Bayside, Oakland Gardens, Douglaston, Glen Oaks and Little Neck, are fortunate to have some of the best programming where their children go to school. For many years, parents have had the opportunity to send their children to the best schools, […]

Schools Chancellor Fariña Visits CEC 27

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña had her first meet-and-greet with Queens parents Monday night, discussing issues affecting children as the new schools boss gets the wheels turning on her new administration. Fariña visited Community Education Council 27, which covers schools in Rockaway, Broad Channel, Howard Beach, Ozone Park, Woodhaven and Richmond […]

OP-ED: City Takes Easy Way Out

It is irresponsible to group all of New York City’s public school students into a single designation when it comes to a weather-related need to close schools. In New York City, the public schools are either all open or they are all closed. Despite the fact that a massive storm like the one we experienced today […]

DOE Concerned With PS 143’s Overcrowding

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer Parents, teachers and students continue to struggle with the overcrowding at schools in District 24, more specifically at PS 143 in Corona. The Louis Armstrong School is meant for about 1,000 students but it has more than 1,800 students enrolled. After being in correspondence with State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East […]