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Avella wants Van Buren HS principal replaced

Posted by Rich Bockmann in District 11, State Senate on February 16, 2012 | 1 Comment

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) stood with discouraged parents and community members outside Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village last week, calling on the city Department of Education to remove the school’s principal. The school’s overall grade on the city’s progress report has fallen from 58 (B) in 2008 to 44.5 (D) in [...]

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Jax Hts park marks 200th conversion from schoolyard in city

Posted by Rebecca Henely in Borough President, City Council, City Offices, District 25, Mayor on December 8, 2011 | No Comments

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited Jackson Heights, the neighborhood most starved for park space in Queens, last week to celebrate the upcoming opening of PS 69’s student-designed playground, which comes complete with a human sundial and rock wall with “fossils.” The playground is the 200th schoolyard in the city to be converted to an open space [...]

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Budget to protect teachers

Posted by Rich Bockmann in City Council, City Offices, District 23, Mayor on June 30, 2011 | No Comments

The City Council and Mayor Michael Bloomberg reached a tentative budget agreement Friday that would prevent laying off thousands of the city’s public school teachers. As of press time Tuesday, the full Council had not voted on the budget.? The mayor’s Executive Budget had called for the elimination of 2,000 teaching positions through attrition and [...]

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Grand opening held for PS 33′s playground

Posted by Howard Koplowitz in City Offices on June 2, 2011 | No Comments

The new $1 million playground at PS 33 in Queens Village has everything a kid could want — a slide, spider-web jungle gym and a full track — and perhaps that is because it was designed by kids. The playground, which officially opened in November but had the ribbon-cutting ceremony May 25 because organizers of [...]

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De Blasio lobbies against Bloomy’s teacher layoffs

Posted by Rebecca Henely in City Council, City Offices, District 10, District 21, Mayor, Public Advocate, State Senate on June 2, 2011 | No Comments

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-East Elmhurst) visited Corona’s PS 19 last week and collected about 100 signatures from parents and students within an hour imploring Mayor Michael Bloomberg not to fire 4,100 teachers from city schools. He then took his call for action to the borough streets last Thursday. [...]