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 […]

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 […]

Mayor de Blasio Expands Universal Pre-K

BY JORDAN GIBBONS Staff Writer Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday that there will be 10,400 additional full-day pre-kindergarten seats in community-based early childhood centers by September. The Mayor announced more than 500 seats for both Flushing and Jamaica as part of the initiative. The seats were approved by the Panel for Educational Policy. The […]

Parents and Students Embrace MLK’s Legacy

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer On Jan. 20, dozens of parents and their children gathered at the St. Albans Presbyterian Church to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy at the fourth annual Dream to R.E.A.D. event. The celebration, hosted by the Queens Community Parent-Teacher Student Association, sought to stress the importance of parental involvement and […]

Richmond Hill HS Annex Set For Closure, Per PEP

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Despite protests and disapproval from parents and community members, the Panel for Educational Policy approved the closing of the annex of Richmond Hill High School. The PEP voted 7-4 for the measure, with Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s appointments all voting for it and the boroughrepresentatives, including Queens Representative Dmytro Fedkowskyj, voting […]