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Parents Turned Activists Create Petition for Wait-Listed P.S. 8 Kindergartners

Parents of children both admitted for Kindergarten at P.S. 8 and those wait-listed for 2015 have joined together and launched a Change.org petition.  They urge the DOE to re-instate six Kindergarten classes for the fall of 2015 and to publicly engage the community to create meaningful medium and long-term solutions to overcrowding. “Warnings to the […]

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Rude Awakening-P. S. 8 Waitlists 40% of Kindergarten Applicants

It’s official. For the first time, P.S. 8 has a wait-list for Kindergarten.  Placements  were announced Tuesday morning and for many families it was a rude awakening.  Just before Spring break there was a glimmer of hope.  Sources suggested that public reaction to the decision to cut back to five Kindergarten classes had created enough […]

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Kindergarten Application Deadline Extended to February 18th

You’ve got a little more time to register your child for kindergarten. Info after the jump.

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Packer Collegiate Institute to Borrow $22 Million For Expansion

Bloomberg reports that Packer Collegiate Institute, the 170 year old private primary and secondary school located at Joralemon and Clinton streets, plans to issue $22 million in tax exempt 30 year bonds to be used to finance the acquisition and renovation of property at 100 Clinton Street. The building, which is at the northwest corner […]

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Kindergarten Registration Workshop Tonight at PS8

Our elected officials helped organize tonight’s meeting with the DOE as a spinoff of the November Town Hall overcrowding meeting.  For those with children born in 2010, it is an opportunity to ask the DOE questions about how to navigate the Kindergarten application process.  (Kindergarten registration is open through February 13th).  The meeting will take […]

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Town Hall Addresses Overcrowding at P.S. 8 in Brooklyn Heights

In case you haven’t heard, PS8 is overcrowded. The Annex, completed in 2011 was supposed to help. Instead it was filled to capacity almost the minute it opened. Add unchecked residential development and BOOM, the student population has exploded once again.

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BuzzFeed’s Ben Smith, NYC Digerati Discuss Digital Media at St. Francis

In a midday panel discussion held Monday at St. Francis Brooklyn’s Maroney Forum for Arts, Culture & Education, some of the biggest names in New York City digital media gathered to talk about the risks and rewards of running Internet-based news organizations. New York’s New Digital Media—organized by St. Francis Scholar in Residence Fred Siegel […]

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Trees of Winter in Brooklyn Bridge Park

On Saturday afternoon, your correspondent joined a group of botanical enthusiasts for a “trees of winter” tour in Brooklyn Bridge Park, led by horticulturalists Marina (photo) and Chet, along with Park Program Coordinator Travis Craw. More text and photos follow the jump. Before venturing out, we spent some time in a classroom, learning how to […]

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P.S. 8 to Cut Pre-K Class in 2014

P.S. 8, also known as The Robert Fulton School, has announced it will cut its pre-K class in 2014 due to lack of space. However, the school will be adding an 8th grade class next year. (It is currently pre-K-7th grade.) Assistant Principal Robert Mikos told DNAinfo, “We are growing and this is a matter […]

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Squadron Faults Albany “Insanity” at Town Hall

At last night’s Town Hall meeting at Brooklyn Law School, State Senator Daniel Squadron was forceful and blunt in describing what he sees as wrong with the political culture in Albany. The discussion started with a question from an attendee who wanted to know why the state couldn’t find a way to provide adequate funding […]

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