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Beth Fertig

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More NYC Students to Graduate

Thursday, May 07, 2009

More New York City elementary and middle school students are on track to graduate. Almost 69 percent met the state standards on this year's English exam, an increase of 11 percentage points from last year. Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott says the scores are evidence of ...

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What's Up with Those Kindergarten Wait Lists?

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Rebecca Bond's daughter is number 68 on the waiting list at P.S. 41 in the Village.

Rebecca Bond\'s daughter is number 68 on the waiting list at P.S. 41 in the Village.

Parents of children enrolling in kindergarten classes next fall have become increasingly agitated over lengthy waiting lists in several districts throughout the city, especially in Manhattan. The outcry is expected to get even louder today with a 4 p.m. rally at City Hall.

The city's Department of Education is eager to get the facts straight following a 'New York Times' report this morning that mentioned the possibility of shutting down Pre-K at two West Village schools in order to make more room for kindergartners. Here's what we know:

The DOE has only released information for Districts 2 and 3 in Manhattan while it crunches the numbers in other districts. Yesterday, the department gave us these figures:

-A total of 273 students at 7 schools in Districts 2 and 3 are currently on wait lists at their zoned schools and do not already have a placement at other schools. Those schools include PS 166 on the Upper West Side (31 students); PS 3 and 41 in the West Village (90 students); PS 6, PS 40, PS 59, PS 183, and PS 290 on the Upper East Side (with a total of 152 students).

-The DOE predicts wait lists will 'disappear' or be 'greatly reduced' now that children are receiving notice of their acceptance to gifted and talented programs. A total of 1038 students in districts 2 and 3 will be offered seats in the programs. Some Manhattan children are also bound to enroll in private schools.

-By those estimates, the DOE says there should be NO wait list for students zoned to attend PS 166, and almost none at the four Upper East Side schools. But because only 26 students in the West Village were offered gifted and talented slots, there could still be wait lists at PS 3 and 41. The DOE has said it's 'optimistic' it can work with the schools to accommodate more students and said it would have details 'within the next few days.'

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Parents Protest Long Kindergarten Waiting Lists

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The city's Education Department says kindergarten waiting lists in Manhattan should shrink by this fall, now that it's offered more than a thousand children gifted and talented slots.

But that's no comfort to Henry Sidel. He says his four year-old son is number 79 on a ...

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Quinn: Don't Relocated Pre-K's to Fit Kindergarten Classes

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

City Council Speaker Christine Quinn says she's uncomfortable with the Education Department's plan to consider moving pre-kindergarten classes out of two schools in Greenwich Village to accommodate a growing number of kindergarten students.

QUINN: The plan is basically to fix the kindergarten problem by creating a ...

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Parents Rally Against Kindergarten Waiting Lists

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Dozens of parents rallied outside City Hall today to protest the waiting lists for kindergarten at several Manhattan schools. Rebecca Bond says her daughter is on the combined waiting list for two schools in Greenwich Village. She blames Mayor Bloomberg for not planning enough schools ...

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Law Proposes More Oversight of Education Department

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Two state lawmakers from New York City are introducing a bill that would subject the Department of Education to more scrutiny. Queens Assemblyman Rory Lancman says the legislation he co-sponsored with Assemblyman Daniel Squadron addresses a gray area that came about when the mayor was ...

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Tough Choices: Brooklyn Tech Students Can’t Afford Private Colleges

Friday, May 01, 2009

Binland Lee, a senior at Brooklyn Technical high school, will be going to Boston University this fall. She had wanted to attend the University of Miami to study marine biology but B.U.'s financial aid offer was much more generous.

Binland Lee, a senior at Brooklyn Technical High School, will be going to Boston University this fall. She had wanted to attend the University of Miami to study marine biology but B.U.\'s financial aid offer was much more generous.

Brooklyn Technical High School, in Fort Green, is one of the city’s specialized public high schools. Students are screened through a tough admissions exam. Many of the school’s 4,500 students plan to attend equally prestigious private colleges and universities. But the economy, and a boomlet of college-bound seniors, has made that dream more difficult to achieve.

Brooklyn Tech senior Katie Freeman is going to SUNY Buffalo this fall because she can't afford Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Brooklyn Tech senior Katie Freeman is going to SUNY Buffalo this fall because she can\'t afford Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

The Ivy League schools have become more competitive and families that have seen their savings shrink because of the stock market are having a more difficult time affording college. That means more students are seeking out public universities. At Brooklyn Tech, some kids consider those their “safe schools.” But other students are grateful for the SUNY and CUNY colleges.

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D-Day for the College Bound

Friday, May 01, 2009

Today is the deadline at many colleges and universities for incoming freshmen to decide whether to accept offers of admissions. It’s been an unusually competitive year because of a boomlet in students applying to colleges, and because families hit hard by the economy have fewer ...

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School Construction Not Cut in Budget

Friday, May 01, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg says his budget was able to protect school construction from additional cuts. The capital plan includes $11.3 billion over the next four years -- enough to build 25,000 seats. But 8,000 of those seats are being carried over from the current capital plan, ...

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The Poetry of Mayor Bloomberg

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to supporters in his newly-opened Queens Campaign office on March 28, 2009. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

Four more poetic years? New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg with supporters in his Queens Campaign office on March 28, 2009. (Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

In honor of 'Poem in Your Pocket Day,' Mayor Bloomberg has written an ode to volunteerism. Last week, the mayor joined MTV News's Sway Calloway to kick off NYC Service, the city's new volunteer project. The Upper Manhattan event was described by WNYC reporter Bob Hennelly as having 'pulsating dance music and wild exuberance from the youthful audience.'

This week, Hizzoner is taking a more low-key approach to promoting public service. His poem smells less like teen spirit and more like... well, the importance of being earnest:

NYC SERVICE
By Mike Bloomberg

“Volunteer!” says our latest plan

Here's how all New Yorkers can:

Read to kids

Mentor one

Help some seniors have some fun

Serve some soup

Or plant trees

Spend some time at food pantries

Coach a team

(Always nice)

Give some legal or tax advice

Learn to do CPR

Or...

Join the NYC Civic Corps

Help in any way, kind volunteers

You'll receive New Yorkers’ cheers

But right now, to get the biggest thanks

Help the pitching on the Mets and Yanks

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St. Francis Prep Students Stay Home

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

St. Francis Preparatory School will not reopen until Monday. Seventeen-year-old junior Sarah Melore has been home with a fever and cough since the weekend, and says her doctor told her yesterday she probably DOES have the swine flu although it hasn't yet been confirmed by ...

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Bronx Teacher Faces Charges

Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Bronx middle school teacher faces multiple charges after barricading himself in a classroom yesterday. WNYC's Beth Fertig has more.

REPORTER: Francisco Garabitos was led away by police less than three hours after claiming to have a bomb. About 1200 students were evacuated from the building, ...

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Disgruntled Teacher Makes False Bomb Claim

Friday, April 24, 2009

Garabitos

A Bronx middle school teacher who threatened to blow up a bomb in a classroom this morning has been sent for medical attention and will be arrested, according to the NYPD. Francisco Garabitos was taken away from the school this morning after negotiating with the NYPD and a teachers union representative. He did NOT have a bomb.

But he did have a record of complaints against him and was supposed to be temporarily reassigned today to an education department office while waiting for the outcome of a disciplinary proceeding. The UFT says 55-year old Francisco Garabitos was apparently upset about being re-assigned, after he allegedly hit a student yesterday.

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Group Says NYC Lacks Focus on Special Needs Students

Friday, April 24, 2009

Despite gradual improvements in test scores special education students are still performing far lower than other students, and they're disproportionately black and Latino. That's according to a new report by the non-profit group Advocates for Children of New York.

Executive Director Kim Sweet says there's a ...

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Teacher in Custody After Bomb Threat

Friday, April 24, 2009

A Bronx middle school teacher who barricaded himself inside a classroom this morning after initially claiming he had a bomb is now in police custody. The incident began at around 8:30 this morning, and students from the New Millenium Business Academy and two other middle ...

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Unhinged Bronx Teacher Makes Bomb Threat

Friday, April 24, 2009

A Bronx middle school teacher who threatened to blow up a bomb in a classroom this morning is now in police custody, after undergoing a medical evaluation at Lincoln Memorial Hospital. The NYPD says he will be arrested, but it's not clear what charges the ...

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SI Gets 1st Charter School; Will Help Mentally Ill

Thursday, April 23, 2009

A lottery will be held tonight for seats in Staten Island's first charter school. As WNYC's Beth Fertig reports, the grade 6-through-12 school has an unusual program.

REPORTER: When the John W. Lavelle Preparatory Charter School opens in September with its first class of sixth graders, ...

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Earth Day at P.S. 208

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Katrina Freeman, age 9, at Earth Day party at P.S. 208 in Harlem with recyled water bottle art.

Katrina Freeman, age 9, at Earth Day party at P.S. 208 in Harlem with recyled water bottle art.

It was a birthday party for ...

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Earth Day at P.S. 208

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

It was a birthday party for planet Earth. That’s how students at P.S. 208 in Harlem celebrated Earth Day. The 200 elementary students had a party in their gymnasium with a cake and snacks in recyclable bags. They also made party favors out of recyclable ...

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Mayor Introduces Volunteer Requirement for Schools

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Mayor Bloomberg's new effort to expand volunteer opportunities in New York City also includes a requirement for the schools.

Starting this fall, every school in the city will have to provide a public service program. Volunteers from AmeriCorps will provide assistance in all 1500 schools. Beth ...

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