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66% of G&T applicants get offers; must register by June 11 - Read Full Article

66% of G&T applicants get offers; must register by June 11

Sixty-six percent of eligible students who applied to gifted and talented (G&T) programs in 2015 received offers today, up from 2014 when 60 percent of applicants received offers. Fewer students applied this year: 7,242 students in grades k-3 applied for a spot, a decrease from 8,010 applications last year.

Incoming kindergartners—the first entry point for gifted programs—had the best chance of gaining a seat: nearly 80 percent of the applicants received an offer, as compared to only 36 percent of 3rd-graders.

As in previous years, admission to one of the five citywide G&T programs eludes most eligible students. While more than 1,500 kindergarten test-takers scored high enough—97th percentile or better—to qualify for a citywide seat, there are only about 325 slots. Most offers go to children who score in the 99th percentile, or to eligible siblings of current citywide G&T students. The DOE has not yet released figures for how many were offered a citywide G&T seat this year, but last year roughly 300 earned a spot. 

"Our PACE group is always advocating for more citywide seats," said Katie Sperling, co-founder of PACE: Parents' Alliance for Citywide EducationParents' Alliance for Citywide Education, "especially our initiative to open a school in the Bronx where there are no citywide options." Families in the Bronx, where more children tested this year than in previous years, she noted, must travel to another borough for citywide programs and the city does not provide busing. 

Despite outreach efforts by the Department of Education, disparity persists between poor and middle class districts. Three districts did not have enough qualifying students to offer a program for incoming kindergartners: Districts 7 and 9 in the Bronx, and District 23 in East New York, Brooklyn. Students in those districts may attend G&T programs in other districts. 

In contrast, Manhattan's District 2 had the most students receiving kindergarten G&T offers, 418, compared to 449 in 2014. Other districts where more than 150 students received offers include 3 in Manhattan; 15, 20 and 22 in Brooklyn; and 24, 25, 26 and 30 in Queens.

A DOE spokesperson said that targeting resources to traditionally low-income districts had yielded more applicants in 2015 but that more work needs to be done. "

"Every student—no matter what zip code they live in—deserves a fair shot at these unique programs, and it's critical that we are making the test accessible to all our students and families while maintaining the same high standards," said Chancellor Carmen Fariña in a statement.

If you moved to New York City after the deadline to sign up for 2015 testing, your child may take the G&T test this summer. Sign-up forms for summer testing are available on the DOE's website, but you must submit a request by June 19.

Families accepting a G&T offer will need to pre-register at the school by Friday, June 6.

See a breakdown of the G&T offers for 2013–15 here.

See a breakdown by district for kindergarten offers here and 1st grade here.

Metal detectors: To have or not to have? - Read Full Article

Metal detectors: To have or not to have?

For many years metal detectors have been accepted as a fact of life for more than 100,000 New York City public school students. Now, some City Council members are questioning whether they are necessary—and taking first steps to have them removed.

"I don't believe we should have metal detectors in our schools," said Councilman Brad Lander, (D-Brooklyn) who has backed legislation that would require the Department of Education to report on the schools that have permanent metal detectors and those that are subject to random scans. "Telling our young people that we look to them as potential criminals in the schools that have metal detectors does more harm than good."

Lander hopes the bill, introduced by Vanessa Gibson (D-Bronx) and Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan), will encourage the Department of Education to clarify why some schools have metal detectors and others don't. He is also pressing the department to outline a clear policy on how schools can have metal detectors removed.

"There is an absence, a really embarrassing absence, of a New York City Department of Education policy around metal detectors," Lander said in an interview.

Some students compare the metal detectors to the police department's unpopular "stop-and-frisk" policies, which they say unfairly target black and Latino youth. A 2012 report by the New York Civil Liberties Union estimated of the 100,000 students enrolled in schools with metal detectors, the vast majority of them are black and Latino.

Dennis Belen, a junior at Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical Education High School in the Bronx, feels so strongly about it that he started a Change.org campaign to get metal detectors removed from schools. "Metal detectors in schools contribute to the idea that black and Latino teenagers should be treated like criminals," says his petition to Mayor Bill deBlasio, signed by 50 students.

Others complain that long lines make them late for class. "Especially in the winter with the cold weather there was a huge line because of the metal detectors," said Madelin Alvarez, who attends the International High School at Union Square on the Washington Irving Campus. "I have to take off all my boots, watches, everything that I have on me." She said the process can take up to 30 minutes.

There are signs that the Department of Education is responding to these concerns. "The Mayor's Leadership Team on School Climate is reviewing many aspects of our discipline and school climate reforms, including developing a policy for removing metal detectors from school buildings," Deputy Press Secretary Jason Fink said in an email.

There is no official policy now on how to remove metal detectors. Unofficially, all the principals in a building must agree; they then sit down with police officials who "basically say to them that anything that happens in the building is on your head," according to Lander. Not surprisingly, few principals have taken this risk.

Some parents defend metal detectors—and even want more schools to have them. "You want them 10 minutes late, or [to] not come home again?" said Mariella Rueda, parent coordinator at the Murry Bergtraum High School for Business Careers, which has random scanning but doesn't have permanent metal detectors. Rueda's son attends The Manhattan Business Academy in the Bayard Rustin Educational Campus, which doesn't have scanners. Late last year, a student pulled out a knife during a fight. All students involved were injured—one seriously—and a school safety agent was hospitalized, according to news reports.

The majority of metal detectors were installed in the late 1980s and 1990s when the number of students found carrying weapons increased and a number of violent incidents occurred. "We were living at a time with double-digit unemployment, double-digit inflation, and the crack epidemic in working class and poor communities," said Hofstra University Professor Alan Singer, who was a teacher in Brooklyn at the time. "What you have is a spillover of the problems in the communities into the schools" he said. "There was this pulsating sense of impending trouble, we were always waiting for it."

In 1999, responsibility for school safety agents was taken out of the hands of principals and given to local police departments. As a result, problems which once were handled by a guidance counselor now are treated as criminal offenses, Singer said. "It's like you have something in place to demean kids and criminalize kids who are on the margins to begin with," he said.

Most of the scanners that were introduced at this time are still there, even though the climate in the buildings has changed. Mayor Mike Bloomberg closed large failing schools and replaced them with smaller schools that share the old buildings. Most of these new schools do not suffer from the same disruptions and incidents as their predecessors. The city as a whole is safer, as well.

It is unlikely that students like Belen and Alvarez will see major changes to the policies surrounding metal detectors before they graduate from high school. However, if the Department of Education develops an official policy on their removal—and if more information about their use is made public—then students, parents, educators and policymakers can have more informed conversations about the impact and value of metal detectors in city public schools. 


Apply for 4th- & 5th-grade G&T by May 22 - Read Full Article

Apply for 4th- & 5th-grade G&T by May 22

With all of the hoopla that accompanies G&T testing for rising kindergartners every spring, it’s easy to forget that there are opportunities for older elementary school students too. If you have a rising 4th- or 5th-grader who is ready for more of an academic challenge, this Friday, May 22 is the last day to apply for a gifted and talented program for fall 2015.

Unlike applications for the younger grades, the RFP (request for placement) for 4th- and 5th-graders must be made in person at a Family Welcome Center. There is no special test; instead a student’s eligibility is based on three main factors, all weighed equally:

1.         The 2015 NYS English language arts and math exam scores
2.         2015 report card grades
3.         A form, "Descriptors of Exceptional Characteristics,” filled out by the child’s teacher

After you submit an RFP for your child, the Department of Education will collect all the information including test scores, grades and teacher recommendations and will notify families of their child’s eligibility in late summer. Student’s who qualify will receive an application to submit, along with a list of all G&T programs with seats available for 4th- and 5th-graders. 

If your child is not currently a public school student, the DOE will still collect report cards and teacher recommendations, but may request that your child take other math and ELA assessments. (You will also have to submit two forms of proof of NYC residency when you submit your RFP.)

It's helpful to understand that there are two types of gifted and talented programs in New York City: district programs, located within district elementary schools; and citywide programs that enroll students from all five boroughs. Priority for district programs will go to siblings first and then to district students by lottery. For citywide programs, siblings will be placed first, followed by a lottery of eligible students citywide. Remember that seats for all these programs are very limited and the DOE will not place a student in the terminal grade of a program. Even if your child does well on all three factors, there is no guarantee that a seat will be available, and, unfortunately, there is no appeals process.

G&T placement for older students is certainly a waiting game, but at the end the process moves fast. The DOE will notify families by mail of placements the first week of September, just before school starts. 

And, for all those parents of rising kindergartners (and 1st–3rd-graders for that matter) who are on the edge of their seats, the DOE will notify families of G&T placements starting next week on May 25, and you’ll have until June to pre-register.

If you still have questions about the G&T process, call the Department of Education’s enrollment office at 718-935-2009 or e-mail ES_Enrollment@schools.nyc.gov.

School Book

Education Partisans Vow to Keep Fighting on Items Excluded From Budget Deal - Read Full Article

Several education proposals that did not make it into New York State's budget agreement are likely to remain hot topics through June when the legislative session comes to a close, most prominently teacher evaluations and mayoral control of the schools.

While New York State United Teachers President Karen Magee declared victory on Monday because Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to have student test scores count for 50 percent of a teacher's evaluation did not make it into the budget, she acknowledged concerns about tasking state education officials with changing the evaluation system.

She urged parents to boycott the state tests next month, to keep the heat on state leaders. "At this point in time yes we are encouraging parents to opt out," she said.

Her call for a boycott was immediately criticized by the group High Achievement New York, which sees a value in testing students and in using those scores to assess teachers. Its members include the Business Council of New York State, the Urban League and StudentsFirstNY, which frequently criticizes the unions. 

During the budget talks, the governor and legislative leaders put aside the question of renewing mayoral control of New York City's school system. Mayor Bill de Blasio said he hoped lawmakers would grant him long-term renewal, instead of a short-term renewal proposed by the governor, given its bipartisan support.

“I remain hopeful knowing the incredible consensus in this city on mayoral control and the many, many voices that have been raised in the last few weeks demanding a renewal of mayoral control,” de Blasio said. 

The future of mayoral control is likely to be linked to additional charter schools, another Cuomo proposal left out of the budget, when the legislature gets back to business this spring.

One item that didn't make it into the budget and may not survive the legislative session: the DREAM Act, which would let undocumented immigrant students access tuition assistance. Republican Senate Leader Dean Skelos made it very clear that he continued to oppose the measure.

"We don’t believe that people that are here illegally should have an advantage over kids whose families are taking out student loans," he said on Monday.

Steve Choi, executive director of the New York Immigration Coaltion, refuted the link.

"It was simply giving them equal footing when it comes to being able to access higher education," he said, adding that about 4,000 undocumented students graduate high school each year in New York,  and many of them are applying for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. 

Public Advocate James Calls for Reforms to Mayoral Control


The Department of English Language Learners and Student Support (DELLSS)
 is excited to announce the Spring 2015 ELL Borough Parent Conferences

Bronx/ Manhattan


8:30 am - 1:00 pm

Fordham University

McGinley Center 204

441 East Fordham Road

Bronx, NY 10458

Click here to register 

2015-2017 CEC & Citywide Council Election results
 are now published online at  
 Elected and appointed Community and Citywide Education Council Members for the 2015-2017 term will take office on July 1, 2015.

School Budgets & Weighted Student Funding
May 07. 2015 CEC3  Presentation 




     Date, time and place of the PEP meeting(s)
at which the Panel will vote on the proposed item.

June 23, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Long Island City High School
14-30 Broadway
Queens, New York 11106



The proposed Spring 2015 Plan Amendment is available at:


Comments can be delivered by email to capitalplan@schools.nyc.gov, by telephone to
(212) 374-6853, or by mail to the address set forth below.

 Date, time and place of the Panel for Educational Policy meeting
 at which the Panel will vote on the proposed item.

June 23, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Long Island City High School
14-30 Broadway
Queens, NY 11106



Pilot Program Will Provide Hands-On STEM Opportunities for 1,200 Students

Microsoft Leading Supporter of Design and Implementation of Program


Complete the D3 Presidents' Council Library Survey!

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 what you think of library resources at your child's school.

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 to account for multiple children in different schools.

NYCDOE 2015 Discipline Code
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NYC Schools Chancellor Announces
New School Support Structure

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School Admissions News

Kindergarten Admissions

The application period ended on February 18, 2015. However, you can still submit a late application in one of three ways:

Interpretation services will be provided in over 200 languages for the over-the-phone and in-person options.

Review our Kindergarten Directories to make your list of choices. The Directories are available online, and at local elementary schools and at Family Welcome Centers. Translated versions are available online, in nine languages. 

For a list of new schools opening in the 2015-16 school year, click here.

Community Events

 Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance

Announces 2015 Uptown Arts Stroll Kick-Off

Honoring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ty Jones,

Andrea Arroyo & Eduardo Gomez 

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tony Award winner and the star of Hamilton, which hits the Broadway stage in July; Ty Jones, Broadway actor and Producing Artistic Director of the Classical Theatre of Harlem; Andrea Arroyo, Global Citizen Award Artist with artwork in permanent collections at the Smithsonian Institute and Library of Congress; and Eduardo Gomez, Website Specialist at UN Women and founder of the ground-breaking Washington Heights & Inwood (WaHI) online community website, will be honored at the kick-off for the 12th annual Uptown Arts Stroll, a month-long festival, celebrating arts and culture in Washington Heights-Inwood  and West Harlem.

 The kick-off is co-hosted by the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, Broadway Housing Communities and the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance. See www.artstroll.com for more information.
Friday, May 29, 2015


Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling

   898 St. Nicholas Avenue (West 154th & 155th St.) 

Upcoming Events

Wednesday, May 27
Standardized Testing
4th & 8th Grade State Science PerformanceTests
One day test given within this time period.
Middle School
Middle Choice Process for Parents of 4th Graders
6:00 PM
PS 75
95th St. & WEA.
Thursday, May 28
Standardized Testing
4th & 8th Grade State Science PerformanceTests
One day test given within this time period.
Zoning Committee Meeting
6:00 PM
PS 191 the Museum Magnet School
210 W. 61st St.
Btwn Amster. & WEA

District 3 Common Core Parent Survey

Encuesta para padres del CEC3 del Distrito 3, sobre estándares básicos comunes

CEC3 News

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please send your name and email address to


CEC3 2013-2014 Strategic Plan Document

Adopted January 2014 at the
Joint CSD3 Presidents' Council/CEC3 Calendar Meeting

June 11, 2014
District 3 Town Hall with Chancellor Carmen Fariña 
& Deputy Chancellor Kathleen Grimm

Education Reports

District 3 SCA Proposed Amendment
to the 2015-2019 Capital Plan Presentation

Presentation Given at the January 7th CEC3 Special Meeting

School Quality Reports

As a part of her vision for New York City’s schools, Chancellor Fariña has introduced two new ways for the public to evaluate New York City public schools:

  • The School Quality Snapshot is designed specifically for families and provides a concise picture of the quality of each school.
  • The School Quality Guide provides a more robust set of information about each school, including multiple years of data so that schools’ progress over time can be more easily tracked.

You can find a school’s 2013-14 School Quality Snapshot, School Quality Guide, and NYC School Survey Report by going to NYCDOE  School Quality Report search at http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/tools/report/FindASchoolQualityReport/default.htm  

For more information go to: http://schools.nyc.gov/Accountability/tools/report/default.htm

Individual School’s Score
 for 2014 ELA and Math State Test Results

 Click here

District 3 schools: Pages 321-329

New York State Department of Education
 Releases 2014 State Test Scores

Click here for more information