August 26, 2019 Weather: Partly cloudy, with a high of 77 degrees.
Free yoga and music, and many other local events are on our calendar.
The Whole Foods in the Columbus Square development on 98th Street celebrates its 10th anniversary on Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 with a community party. There will be all sorts of free food, including a carving station, salad bar, triple cheddar mac & cheese and anniversary cake. There will also be a live performance by the Harlem Central Jazz Band to salute the Harlem Jazz and Music Festival
Ilene Altschul, the Superintendent of Education District 3, which includes the Upper West Side, is leaving for a new job with the Department of Education, just days before the new school year. But there is much confusion as to why she’s going. A Chalkbeat story discusses her sometimes-controversial role in the efforts to integrate local middle schools. But a Post story indicates that she was pushed out for race-related reasons. “‘Carranza and his team targeted Ilene — among others — because she is white and Jewish,’ said a veteran white DOE administrator who is close to Altschul. ‘They wanted to replace her with one of their cronies, regardless of her work and commitment to advancing equity in her community.'” The Department of Education has called the story “anonymous made-up gossip.” Christine Loughlin, who had been Deputy Superintendent on Staten Island takes over today.
Kickbacks for crayons? Upper West Side schools are cited in an article about schools that work with a private school supply company that charges parents for basic supplies. “At least 10 NYC schools have worked out a private deal with a small Chicago-based business, Yubbler, to sell supplies to parents — and split the profits with the PTA or school….Two Upper West Side schools — PS 333 Manhattan School for Children and PS 166 The Richard Rodgers School of Arts & Technology — amassed so many staples that bagfuls of new or unused books and crayons were found in the trash recently outside both schools.”
Meanwhile, more garbage bags of supplies were found outside PS 166. “In response, the Department of Education Danielle Filson had said, ‘It won’t happen again.'”
Upper West Siders buy a disproportionate share of city tennis permits, according to an article that questions why people in lower-income neighborhoods aren’t buying the permits. “Officials also said they have worked to increase equity, pointing to their cutting the price of permits in half from $200 after the 2016 season. The number of seasonal permits hit 14,179 in the 2017 season, rising by nearly 4,000 from the previous year, records show.”