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Education A crowd packed the sidewalk in front of PS 321 at a recent rally. Photo courtesy of Emma Murphy.
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Another round of standardized testing is underway, and if you have concerns about how increased emphasis on these tests will impact your kids, consider attending an upcoming meeting on the topic. The School-to-School Dialogue on High Stakes Testing will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, April 15 from 7-9pm at the Old First Reformed Church, 729 Carroll…

Education A crowd packed the sidewalk in front of PS 321 at a recent rally. Photo courtesy of Emma Murphy.
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With a vote on the New York State budget set for April 1, parents, teachers, and administrators from local schools are ramping up efforts to fight Governor Cuomo’s proposed education reforms — which they argue would, in part, provide too little funding to schools and put too much emphasis on standardized tests. During recent rallies at…

Education Photo via the NYC Department of Education
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Pre-kindergarten enrollment season is here again. Beginning yesterday and ending Friday, April 24, pre-K applications are being accepted for the 2015-2016 school year, from parents of any child born in 2011 and currently residing in New York City. The Department of Education (DOE) has a pre-K resources page and Parent Guide available on their website, which includes…

Education A crowd packed the sidewalk in front of PS 321 at a recent rally. Photo courtesy of Emma Murphy.
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Chants of “Whose school? Our school!” reverberated from the sidewalks surrounding PS 10 (511 7th Avenue), one of several local schools where students, teachers, parents, and local politicians gathered this morning to send a message to Governor Andrew Cuomo: they are standing strong in the face of his proposed education reforms, which teachers across the state…

Education Photo courtesy of NYC Mayor’s Office
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New York City public school students will have two new official holidays as of the 2015-2016 school year: Eid al-Adha on September 24, and Eid al-Fitr during the summer. The new school holidays are in celebration of two of the major holidays celebrated by Muslims around the world — including the city’s growing Muslim-American population.…

Education PS/MS 282 Royal Panthers Chess Team! Photo by Jeremy Amar
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Local students continue to make our neighborhood proud by bringing home impressive trophies from chess tournaments! This past weekend, kids from PS/MS 282 (180 6th Avenue) and PS 321 (180 7th Avenue) headed up to the New York State Scholastic Championships in Saratoga Springs, and they came back with some impressive results. The 282 Royal Panthers chess team, which has an amazing track…

Education Photo by David
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Assemblymember Jim Brennan is not happy with the budget and corresponding legislature recently proposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, and he is not about to let it slide. The local representative is inviting neighbors to sign online petitions regarding education and public transport, as well as to attend a meeting discussing these issues at 6:30pm this Wednesday, March 4…

Education PS/MS 282 mural in progress by 20/20 Vision for Schools on Flickr
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9aIXZdDulM0 Students at PS/MS 282 have gotten a taste of basic computer science, and they’re hooked — and you can help them become even more accomplished coders! “PS/MS 282 has decided to see if we can introduce our kids to coding year round,” says Andrew Marshall, 282 PTO co-president. “The opportunities available to people with…

Education PS 93, photo by Jim Henderson/Wikimedia
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Not satisfied with middle school options in the neighborhood? No worries, the Department of Education plans to to open six new middle school programs in Brooklyn for the 2015-2016 school year – including several exciting dual language programs. The School for International Studies is getting a French language program, Isaac Bildersee I.S. 68 will get…

Education Crossing Guard at PS 321 on 7th Avenue
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Teachers in our area are speaking out against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s proposed education reform – announced in January during his 2015 State of the State address – which, among other things, requires 50 percent of a teacher’s evaluation to be dependent on student standardized test scores, and favors an expansion of charter schools. Public school teachers across the state are furious…

Education Photo by spiraljettyclub
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Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that all public schools are closed tomorrow, January 27, due to the potentially “record-breaking” blizzard headed our way. Additionally, tomorrow’s high school Regents exams — Global History and Geography, Integrated Algebra, Writing (special education), and Mathematics (special education) — have been rescheduled for Thursday. https://twitter.com/NYCMayorsOffice/status/559773961882701828 As for today, all…

Education PS/MS 282 Royal Panthers Chess Champs! Photo by Rob Underwood.
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An enormous congratulations to our amazing PS/MS 282 Royal Panthers chess team, which competed at the Greater New York Scholastic Chess Championships yesterday, to some spectacular results — the team took home second place in the High School Under 1400 section! Which is so impressive — as 282 parent Rob Underwood puts it: “As in a 2nd grader beating 11th and…

Education PS/MS 282
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Just a reminder that enrollment for public school kindergarten seats starts today, Wednesday, January 7, and runs through Friday, February 13. Applications and details about how to fill them out and where to submit them can be found here. Eligible students for the September 2015 start of the school year are those who turn five…

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