UWS GETS 18 NEW PRE-K SPOTS FOR SEPTEMBER; MORE TO COME

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District 3, which includes the Upper West Side, is getting 18 new full-day pre-Kindergarten spots under the city’s new expanded program. It’s a small drop in the bucket but is likely to lead to larger additions. The 18 spots are [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

TRINITY PLANS TO ADD TWO STORIES, UPGRADE INTERIOR

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The Trinity School on West 91st street is the latest local private school looking to expand and upgrade, with plans to add two new stories o … Read the rest of this entry >>

PS 84′S BROADWAY GALA AND OTHER UWS SCHOOL FAIRS COMING SOON

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It's about that time for spring public school fundraisers and fairs, and we've been getting some letters about upcoming events. Check them out belo … Read the rest of this entry >>

LOCAL PARENT BOARD FIGHTS RENT-FREE CHARTER SCHOOLS, OPPOSES PLAN FOR ANOTHER CO-LOCATION

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The Success Academy charter school network is attempting to co-locate another school in District 3, the school district that includes the Upper West Side. It’s part of an apparent last-minute push by the Bloomberg administration to add dozens more charters [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

PS 199 NAMED AS ONE OF THE BEST SCHOOLS IN THE COUNTRY

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PS 199 on West 70th street was named as one of 286 “Blue Ribbon Schools” this week by the U.S. Department of Education, meaning it stood out as one of the top academic institutions in the country. It was the [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

DECISION 2013! WE GRILLED THE CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES ON THE HOT ISSUES

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Election season is upon us, and Upper West Siders have some big choices to make. Luckily, we’re here to give you the information you will need to pull that rusty lever or press that malfunctioning computer screen (thanks Board of [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

RALLY FRIDAY TO STOP SCHOOL DEMOLITIONS

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The fight to keep the city from demolishing two local public schools is moving ahead, even as the city has mostly remained silent. Update, 12:50 p.m.: We just learned the rally has been called off on account of weather. On [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

UNDER LEGAL PRESSURE, CITY AGREES TO REMOVE PCBs FROM SCHOOLS BY 2016

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As toxic chemicals spewed from light fixtures at Upper West Side schools over the past couple of years, the city Department of Education essentially told parents that they’d deal with it, eventually. The chemicals, called PCBs, were used in light [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

BIG RUMMAGE SALE THIS WEEK TO SUPPORT PS 9

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PS 9 is holding a rummage sale through May 19 at the former Swan Dry Cleaners on 84th between CPW and Columbus. Check out the details below, and to see our li … Read the rest of this entry >>

SCHOOL DEMOLITION UPDATE: WITH INFORMATION VACUUM, NEIGHBORS MOBILIZE AND SEEK ANSWERS

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By Maria Dering PS 191 and PS 199 parents and neighbors voiced their opinions at a meeting Monday about the Department of Education's plans to consider tearing down the schools so a deve … Read the rest of this entry >>

FOUR IMPORTANT UPCOMING EDUCATIONAL EVENTS, INCLUDING ANTI-DEMOLITION RALLY

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There are some important local education meetings comin … Read the rest of this entry >>

PS 191 GROUP FIGHTS SCHOOL DEMOLITION PLANS

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We have been hearing quite a bit about the fight to stop the demolition of PS 199 on West 70th street as the city considers redeveloping the school building as a high-rise with a new school at the bottom. But [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

CHECK OUT SOME UPCOMING SCHOOL FAIRS

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School fairs are a great way to support local schools and find out more about them if you're looking to move into the school district. There are generally lots of fun events for kids of all ages. Here are some of the school fairs coming up in the … Read the rest of this entry >>

PETITION AND BILL AIM TO SLOW OR STOP PROCESS OF DEMOLISHING UWS PUBLIC SCHOOLS

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New efforts are underway to stop or slow the process of demolishing two local public schools so that developers can build high-rises with new schools in their place. Parents and local residents near PS 199, on West 70th street, have [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

CITY OFFICIALS DIDN’T TELL PARENTS ABOUT LEAKING TOXIC CHEMICALS AT PS 87

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The Department of Education waited three weeks to fix a light bulb that was leaking toxic chemicals at PS 87 on 77th street, and didn’t tell parents for almost three months, according to Assembly member Linda Rosenthal. PCB’s are a [&hel … Read the rest of this entry >>

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