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Poll: What Would You Tell the Schools Chancellor to Prioritize for District 26?

Dennis Walcott will speak at a Feb. 15 town hall in Bayside.

City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott will be the guest speaker at a town hall meeting hosted by Community District Education Council 26 on Feb. 15 at M.S. 74.

The meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Bayside school, which is located at 61-15 Oceania St.

District 26 includes Douglaston, Little Neck, Bayside, Bellerose, Oakland Gardens, Auburndale and Queens Village.

Patch wants to know: If you could ask the chancellor to prioritize one improvement to the district's schools, what would it be?

Please cast your vote in our poll. And please add any further suggestions in the comment section below for school improvements that are not included in our list.

Gordon D. Keit January 11, 2012 at 06:52 PM
Two courses should be mandatory in our public high schools - one on ethics and civic responsibility; and the second course should be on personal finance/budgeting/credit. There are enough "soft" and feel good courses that can and should be abandoned in favor of these two courses.
Kn February 02, 2012 at 04:30 AM
The safety of our children is also a priority. PS 98 already has one dismissal of a unruled child in Kindergarden this school year. There is also a bully situation in kindergarden at the school which is blatantly neglected and being blamed on the child for being a "spy and tattle-tell" Such unprofessional behavior must be addressed.
Concerned Parent Dist 26 February 08, 2012 at 03:10 PM
The Chancellor should address the issue of how the Board of Ed shoudl revamp how they are dealing with special needs kids - currently seems there is no special needs schools or classes avail., thus pushing them into the mainstream. This potentially will lead to disruptive classes, kids left behind, and a huge decrease in quality education for all. As much as we would love for special needs kids to be in the "normal" routine, it is just not a practical fit. - Concerned Parent in Dist. 26
Douglaston, NY February 12, 2012 at 04:34 AM
There are special needs schools ( District 75) and specialized classes in community schools and ICT (Integrated Co-Teaching) classes where there are 2 teachers, 1 spec. ed. and 1 gen. ed. where they co-teach. ICT classrooms are probably in every school in NYC now. In order to be placed in the spec. ed. group of the ICT class, you must have an IEP (Individualized Education Program). This is the "push" into the mainstream classroom I believe you are referring to but these students are screened and should not have behavioral issues where they would be disrupting the class. As for falling behind, there are 2 qualified teachers for these classrooms plus there tend to be a fewer students as the % is 40 (S.E.)/ 60(G.E). The ICT/ S.E. students are not severe in their needs, just mild redirecting. As for Special Ed. student needing more intensive supports and services, they would be in Dist. 75 schools. The caveat here is the parents of these spec. ed.students have a right to reject any IEP or placement they deem inappropriate for their child. It is not the DOE that is pushing spec. ed. students into gen. ed. but the parents of these students who are doing this to the detriment of their child and in the process disrupt the class.
Douglaston, NY February 12, 2012 at 04:51 AM
That is a shame. I believe there was a lawsuit a while back where this school was sued for not helping a child who was bullied and the school lost. Is it the same principal? Have the DOE start an internal investigation.
Douglaston, NY February 12, 2012 at 04:52 AM
I agree although if one has to be taught ethics... Parents need to realize they are role models and their children see everything.

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