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 […]

Middle Schools Get Universal Free Lunches

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced last Thursday that funding for free lunch at all public middle schools in the City will be included in the Fiscal Year 2015 budget. The City allocated $6.25 million to fund the lunch program, which will feed about 170,000 […]

DOE Opposes ‘Avonte’s Law’

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Avonte’s Law met resistance from the DOE in a City Council hearing last Friday. This bill is named for Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old austistic student who was found dead after he went missing from PS 277 in Long Island City last winter. It would require the installation of alarms at […]

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 […]

Tensions Rise At MVB, B-Tech Meeting

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Emotions were running high at last week’s Martin Van Buren High School and B-Tech School implementation meeting, with local advocates vocalizing their frustrations with the forced co-location. Despite protests from the community, in March the Dept. of Education voted to move the six-year business technology school into Martin Van Buren […]

OP-ED: Queens Schools Need More Arts Education Funding

BY COMPTROLLER SCOTT STRINGER Our City is getting a failing grade when it comes to Arts Education. My office just released a first-of-its-kind report, “State of the Arts,” showing that, after years of crippling cuts in Queens and other communities, 20 percent of our middle and high schools across New York City do not have […]

Time To Embrace P-Tech

To The Editor: Last week’s Queens Tribune article, “MVB, P-Tech Co-Location Moves Forward,” quoted various elected officials lamenting the DOE’s decision to allow a promising P-Tech school to be co-located inside of Martin Van Buren High School (MVB). Unfortunately, the writer failed to reach out to any of the nearby civic leaders for their opinion. […]

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, […]