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NYC Schools Delayed Again

Just four days before NYC school children were supposed to begin in-person learning, Mayor DeBlazio announced further delays to the school year. Monday, September 21st: Pre-K and children in special needs D75 schools begin school Tuesday, September 29th: K-5 and K-8 schools open Thursday, October 1st: Middle and High Schools open The Mayor explained the […]

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Well, We Saw This Coming: First Day of In-School Instruction Delayed Until September 21

Of the ten largest school systems in the country, the NYC DOE was the only one with plans to start the 2020-21 school year as originally intended on September 10th. By comparison, Los Angeles, San Diego, and Chicago opted for fully virtual schooling in mid-July and early August respectively. But by now parents are, however painfully, aware New York City […]

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DeBlasio Finally Closes NYC Public Schools

After mounting pressure, NYC Mayor Bill Deblasio finally made the decision to shutter NYC public schools effective Monday, March 16th. “This is a decision I have taken with no joy…I regret to have to announce that our public schools will be closed. There is no school tomorrow and we will be suspending our public schools until […]

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Annual PS8/MS8 Holiday Market December 1st — Vendors Wanted!

Are you a business or an artisan/freelancer/hobbyist/pedlar looking for a venue to sell your crafts and wares to actual humans in the neighborhood that doesn’t involve a certain monopolistic corporate entity bent on owning us all? You’re in luck! The Annual PS8/MS8 Holiday Market is this December 1st, and they are still looking for vendors […]

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Proposals on the Table for PS/MS8 to Split: Community Meeting Tues 10/30

IMPORTANT SCHOOL NEWS: On October 12th, the DOE Brooklyn Office of District Planning issued two proposals that affect District 13. The first plan calls for the truncation of P.S.8 from a Kindergarten through-8th grade school to a Kindergarten through 5th grade school. The proposal has an accompanying K008 Educational Impact Statement. The second, contingent upon the […]

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P.S. 8 Middle School Responds to “Biased” NY Post Article

On Sunday May 6th, The New York Post ran an article by Sara Dorn and Susan Edelman featuring P.S. 8 parents who have chosen to send their children to a local charter school rather than M.S. 8.  (The Robert Fulton School is a K-8 school). The detailed response was jointly signed by the PTA Executive Board and […]

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PS8 Student Art Premiers at Guggenheim Museum

From the “It’s never too late to report good news” files… On the evening of April 26th the Guggenheim held an opening reception for A Year of Children 2018, an annual exhibition featuring student work from the museum’s teaching artist’s residency program, Learning Through Art.  Per the Guggenheim website, “the program sends experienced teaching artists into […]

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St. Ann’s Middle School Head Resigns; School Investigating Allegations Involving Others Going Back Many Years

Buzz Feed reports that the former head of the middle school at St. Ann’s School resigned following reports that he had given parties at which students, though no current students, and recent alumni under legal drinking age had been served or allowed to consume alcohol and to smoke marijuana. According to the Buzz Feed story, […]

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Public Schools Closed Tomorrow

Update: Schools are open tomorrow; Thursday, March 22. Notify NYC has announced that all New York City public schools are closed tomorrow, Wednesday, March 21 because of winter storm Toby. After school activities are also cancelled. There’s more information here. Update: Brooklyn Public Library branches are also closed for the storm.

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Gun In Schools Vs. Neighborhood Noise

In today’s example of Politics At Its Worst, noise in our neighborhood from the BQE project is being made a pawn in the school safety bet, with state Senate Republicans tying streamlining the BQE project to a provision that would require guns in schools in New York City. As reported by Brooklyn Paper in an article with […]

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