Posts Tagged ‘Schools’

CITY ANNOUNCES G&T ADMISSIONS

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The city has released the details of admission to gifted and talented programs for September 2010. Parents of children going into kindergarten through 3rd grade must submit a “request for testing” form by Nov. 6. Kids entering kindergarten or the 1st grade who score at the 90th percentile or above will be guaranteed placement in [&hellip
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WAITLIST UPDATE

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Every zoned student on the kindergarten waitlist for P.S. 166 has been given a space at the West 89th Street school. “There are no lists because the department worked with the Community Education Council to rezone the area,” said Department of Education spokesperson Andrew Jacob. In May, 31 area students were on hold for spots [&hellip
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Insideschools.org on Its Way Out?

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When New York City parents want to navigate the labyrinthine school system, they have three main options: try their luck with the Department of Education, hire a pricey school consultant or buy a book with the inside scoop. But for the past seven years, there has also been Insideschools.org, which has grown from a small [&hellip
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Parents in Public Schools

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It is the middle of July, and few New Yorkers are thinking about school these days—except, perhaps, up in Albany. That’s where the recently un-deadlocked Senate is slated to take up the Assembly’s school governance bill, which passed June 17, leaving mayoral control of schools fairly intact. Senate Dems have a few amendments they’re rumored [&hellip
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COMPTROLLER BLASTS DOE ON PARENT INPUT

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As the State Legislature negotiates renewing the bill that gives mayors power over New York’s school system, a recent report by the office of City Comptroller Bill Thompson charges that the Department of Education blocks input from public school parents. The report, “Powerless Parents,” focuses on Community Education Councils (CECs), as well as parent-teacher-student associations. [&hellip
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CROWDING CONTROVERSY

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To the Editor: I attended the somewhat raucous Community Education Council meeting regarding the issue of overcrowding in District 3. What strikes me about this issue is the following: first, that parents from 199 seem to have an almost hysterical need to have their school close to their home. I don’t get it. We took [&hellip
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ZABAR HONORS

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Saul and Stanley Zabar, the owners of the Zabar’s specialty food store on the Upper West Side, were honored by the Horace Mann School on Nov. 3. The brothers received the school’s Alumni Council Award for Distinguished Achievement for their success as business owners and also for their service to the community. Both brothers are [&hellip
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SQUEEZED-IN SCHOOLS FIND ROOM TO GROW

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Finding space in New York City is difficult for all renters, whether they are individual apartment hunters or commercial businesses, but the task is especially hard for community organizations, including schools. Two private schools, however, recently leased space at Columbus Village, a new mixed-use development project on the Upper West Side. Columbus Village is being [&hellip
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TEPID RECEPTION TO REZONING PROPOSALS

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District 3’s Community Education Council characterized proposals for redrawn catchment zones mere “band-aid” solutions to school overcrowding. The rezoning proposals, which originated with the Department of Education, were the focus of the parent council’s meeting Oct. 2 at Joan of Arc High School, on West 93rd Street. In mid-September, the department offered two alternative rezoning [&hellip
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THE BLACKBOARD AWARDS

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Know an exceptional principal? Nominate your favorite school leader for a Blackboard Award! Grade your school! Blackboard Awards 2009: For the seventh consecutive year, the publishers of Our Town, West Side Spirit, New York Press, New York Family and Avenue are putting together a multi-part education program to celebrate what works in city schools—and to [&hellip
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