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Will Giants Fever Strike at City Schools?

Tuesday, February 07, 2012 - 08:17 AM

9:28 a.m. | Updated How many students will be absent from school on Tuesday? For that matter, how many employees will be missing from workplaces around the city?

Post-Super Bowl prediction: a lot.

The parade and tribute to the Giants' Super Bowl victory is likely to draw thousands of students -- and maybe a few teachers? -- to the celebration in Lower Manhattan, and though every day of school is important, it will be difficult for many to resist. The city practically glowed on Monday after the New York Giants' win over the New England Patriots.

In the news on Tuesday, The Daily News reports on a teacher, Christine Rubino of Public School 203 Floyd Bennett in Flatlands, Brooklyn, who wrote a harsh message about her students on Facebook, implying she would like to see them drown, and yet won her job back. Now the city is appealing the judge's decision.

With the vote by the Panel for Educational Policy on the recommended city school closings only three days away, El Diario reported, in an article that was translated for Gotham Schools, that Latinos worry that the name of a hero will disappear with the closing of one school. That school, P.S. 19 Roberto Clemente, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is named for the outstanding baseball player who was known for his humanitarian efforts.

The school was declared low performing and is on the list of 19 schools likely to be phased out and the six that will lose their middle-school grades when the Panel for Educational Policy votes on Thursday.

Angel Salón has lived for 38 years in “Los Sures,” the Spanish nickname for the south-side streets that run through Williamsburg.

“All of my kids have been students at P.S. 19 and this school is part of my family,” he said. The closing would be a low blow, he said. “If they do it, the meaning of his name also fades because it is a tribute to great athlete who died for a just cause.”

Maria Morales, the parent coordinator at P.S. 19, agrees. “[The closing is] a slap at our heritage. Like Clemente, we have struggled and came here to be good examples in this country.”

Gotham Schools' Rise & Shine post has more of what's in the news on Tuesday.

Here are some of the school-related events scheduled for Tuesday:

In Albany, oral arguments on the lawsuit by the state teachers' union against the Cuomo administration over the terms of a state-mandated teacher evaluation system. 1 p.m., Appellate Division, 3rd part, Albany.

Also in Albany, parents of charter school students, and other charter school supporters, are expected to gather at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center at 10 a.m., and make the rounds of lawmakers to build support for the schools.

Students at Grover Cleveland High School’s Academy of Information Technology in Queens are creating their own mobile apps as part of a new program with its partners, the National Academy Foundation and Lenovo. The launch is at 11:30 a.m. at the school in Ridgewood, Queens.

The Southside Schools Community Coalition, which opposes the planned opening of a new Success Academy charter school in Junior High School 50 John D. Wells in Williamsburg next fall, are planning a "Town Hall meeting." According to a flier for the event, the organizers say, “Southside schools are under attack!!! What is the future of P.S. 19 and JHS 50? Learn the truth about Success Charter?" The event is at J.H.S. 50, 183 South Third Street, at 6:30 p.m.

The New York City Charter School Center has introduced a Common Online Charter School Application that is also available in five languages. You can find out more here.

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