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Coveting Public School Land Leads to a Bad Deal

Friday, June 07, 2013

WNYC

School supporters of P.S. 191 and P.S. 199, and their Upper West Side neighbors, are planning a rally Friday against plans to develop private high-rise buildings where the two schools now operate. One opponent asks why the city is considering a deal that gives away public land tax free with next to no local input.

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Burst Lightbulb in Harlem School Sends 11 to Hospital

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

WNYC

An old florescent light fixture broke, and the smoke not only forced the evacuation of the building but also re-ignited the fight over how to replace toxic fixtures in the schools as quickly as possible.

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Task Force Tackles Queens Overcrowding

Friday, April 26, 2013

Unhappy with the persistent overcrowding at two school districts in Queens, local leaders have convened a panel to propose solutions, such as taking a closer look at co-locations and district re-zoning.

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Show Goes On Despite Sandy Damage

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

WNYC

The drama program at Scholar's Academy is climbing back from Sandy's storm damage to put on a spring show in its renovated theater. Equipment and costumes still needed.

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Council Pushes for Faster PCB Removal

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Education officials said they can remove toxic PCBs from about 85 schools this summer and a handful more next summer, a pace that City Council members said they found unacceptable.

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Sandy Damaged Schools Waiting on FEMA

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

School officials got overall high marks from the City Council for their response to Sandy. They said additional school repairs and long-term fixes can't happen without federal disaster relief funds.

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SCA to Build Annex for Crowded Queens School

Friday, January 04, 2013

One elementary school in crowded District 30 is getting more seats soon. The School Construction Authority announced plans to build an annex slated to open in 2016.

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Mid-Winter Break Shortened For Extra Class Time

Monday, November 19, 2012

Union leaders reached agreement with the city to swap three vacation days in February for school days and return a clerical half day to one more day of instruction to make up for learning time lost to the Sandy and its aftermath.

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Students Powered Our School's Recovery

Monday, November 19, 2012

An elementary school teacher sings the praises of his school community as it absorbed the repercussions from Sandy and prepared to return to its building in Rockaway Park, Queens.

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A Twice Relocated School Strives to Regain Footing

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Twelve more city schools will re-open on Monday, after having relocated because of storm damage from Sandy. Relocating has been an unsettling experience for teachers and students. It was especially challenging at the Goldie Maple School, from the Rockaways, which was moved twice and split between different sites in the last three weeks.

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High School Deadlines Extended As Schools Continue Recovery

Friday, November 16, 2012

The number of displaced schools is dropping to 18, as 12 schools and programs return to their repaired buildings on Monday.

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Custodians Work Long Days to Ready Damaged School

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Middle school students from I.S. 211 return to their home building in Canarsie on Thursday thanks largely to the hard work of the custodial staff who worked long days to ready the building for classes again.

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More Schools Re-Open While Most Damaged Will Take Months Longer

Monday, November 12, 2012

Over 6,000 students can return to their original school buildings Tuesday, two weeks after the storm surge knocked out dozens of schools from operation. The city plans to allocate about $200 million dollars in extra spending to repair the still-damaged buildings.

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A New Co-Location Issue: Shelters and Schools

Thursday, November 08, 2012

While the use of school buildings as shelters makes sense in the short term they are not necessarily meant for the long-term sheltering of displaced people. Take a listen to the discussion about school facilities and emergency planning.

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Sandy Shakes Ups Enrollment and Attendance

Thursday, November 08, 2012

The latest data from Tweed shows fluid movement among school districts and neighborhoods as students displaced by Sandy find new or temporary schools. Attendance rate for the relocated students was just 30 percent on Thursday.

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Rockaways School Lands Across the Bay

Thursday, November 08, 2012

As of Thursday morning, the Education Department said all schools are open to students for the first time since Sandy hit the region. Many students expressed relief to be back, even though some are getting used to life in new buildings for the foreseeable future. Students from Scholars' Academy in the Rockaways settled in to a new home at P.S. 13 in East New York.

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New Dorp HS Welcomes Displaced Middle Schoolers

Thursday, November 08, 2012

With dozens of schools still damaged or without power, entire school communities have re-located to temporary locations. The 2700-student body and staff at New Dorp High School on Staten Island made room for I.S. 2 which can't move back to its building for at least a few weeks. It was a logistical feat that students and educators said went well on its first day despite a few bumps.

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Three Shelter Buildings to Remain Closed

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Three school buildings that served as hurricane shelters will remain closed on Wednesday while students will return to other schools that had provided shelter to hurricane evacuees the past week.

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More Than 100 Schools Remain Closed Monday

Friday, November 02, 2012

School officials are scrambling to re-route buses and get the word out to parents about the start of school Monday. While most students will return to the classroom on Monday, about 100 schools will not open, including schools in eight buildings that are serving as emergency shelters for people displaced by Sandy.

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DOE Presses Ahead With School Openings

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said the Department of Education will be working all weekend to repair school buildings and communicate with school staff at those schools too damaged to re-open on Monday. He also said the specialized high school and SAT tests scheduled for this weekend have been postponed for two weeks.

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