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Vote on Queens G&T Program Divides Parents

Friday, June 21, 2013

During the final meeting of the school year for the Panel for Education Policy, members voted to approve a new citywide Gifted and Talented school in two separate locations in Queens, but the transition phase will take longer than many parents wanted.

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Principal Kvells Over Spelling Bee Champ Who Won With 'Knaidel'

Friday, May 31, 2013

Arvind Mahankali took home the top prize from the Scripps National Spelling Bee. His supporters at J.H.S. 74 were thrilled. Principal Armstrong said the eighth grader is a boy with wide interests who, after placing third two years in a row, was determined to nail it this year.

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DOE Abandons Plan for Queens G&T Program

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

WNYC

Education officials are no longer pursuing a plan to change a middle school program for gifted and talented students at P.S. 122 in Queens. The reversal comes after District 30 parents of both G&T; and general education students fought the proposal.

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How a Photo of Joel Klein Saved a Teacher's Job

Monday, April 09, 2012

The city wanted to fire a Washington Heights music teacher, Michael Dalton, for inappropriately holding three third-grade boys in his lap, The Times reports. But then Mr. Dalton, 48, presented a novel -- and successful -- defense: a photo of Joel I. Klein, the schools chancellor at the time, who also appeared to have children sitting in his lap. An arbitrator returned him to the classroom.

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Elementary Students in Large Classes Tripled, Report Shows

Monday, March 26, 2012

The number of elementary school students in classes of 30 or more has tripled in the last three years as a result of teacher attrition and budget cuts to public schools, according to a report by City Councilman Brad Lander. Although the report warned of more class size growth, city officials said they do not expect to make further cuts to schools' budgets.

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For Two Queens Schools, More Money and No Strings Attached

Friday, February 10, 2012

The Knowledge and Power Preparatory Academy VI (Kappa 6) and Public School 161 Arthur Ashe, both in Queens, were awarded $100,000 grants by the Target Corporation, as part of a competition promoted through "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." The money comes with no restrictions, giving the principals and their staffs a little breathing room at a time of austerity budgets.

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Union Claims Highest Number of Oversize Classes in Decade

Thursday, September 22, 2011

The number of overcrowded classes in New York City is the largest it has been in 10 years, teachers' union officials said. Because of attrition, budget cuts and increased enrollment in some areas of the city, nearly 7,000 classes were over their contractual limits on the sixth day of school, the United Federation of Teachers said. The Department of Education said there has been a modest rise in the number of crowded classrooms, but provided no numbers.

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