Archive for March 29th, 2006

29th March
2006

First Published in The New York Sun, March 29, 2006

By Andrew Wolf

Adding yet another layer of contention to an increasingly bitter dispute, new plans to apportion seats in programs for gifted and talented students on the Upper West Side of Manhattan could result in tens of thousands of dollars in busing costs in the district and perhaps millions citywide.

Following complaints from some minority parents that the gifted and talented programs in District 3 — the area covering the Upper West Side, Morningside Heights, and part of West Harlem — favored white children, the city Department of Education established new admissions procedures.The new rules no longer guarantee that children who qualify for admission to a “self-contained” gifted program, which typically begins in kindergarten, can go to their home-zoned school, even if their school has such a program. Instead, seats are assigned district-wide, based on test results. Assignment preferences for siblings, routinely granted in District 3,also have been eliminated. (more…)

29th March
2006

First Published in The New York Sun, March 29, 2006

By Andrew Wolf

Members on the City Council’s landmarks subcommittee yesterday heard conflicting testimony on whether the Fieldston community in the northwest Bronx merits historic designation.

Although the hearing drew so many people that there was standing room only, only a handful of council members attended. Many dashed between rooms so they could participate in a hearing on the Yankee Stadium redevelopment project being held simultaneously in another room. (more…)