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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  As the wait lists at Downtown’s zoned elementary schools persist, frustrated education activists and neighborhood families have been brainstorming, trying to find a way to tackle school overcrowding. One of the proposed solutions is taking the pre-kindergartners out of the area’s public schools and centralizing the program for local children at […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS | The city Department of Education’s proposed solutions to this year’s Downtown kindergarten wait lists were shot down by local parents and education activists at Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s Overcrowding Task Force on Monday. The number of students wait-listed at the Downtown elementary schools has only dwindled from 85 students to 81 […]

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ALINE REYNOLDS | As the wait lists at Downtown’s zoned elementary schools persist, frustrated education activists and neighborhood families have been brainstorming, trying to find a way to tackle school overcrowding. One of the proposed solutions is taking the pre-kindergartners out of the area’s public schools and centralizing the program for local children at a […]

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[media-credit name=”Downtown Express photo by John Bayles ” align=”aligncenter” width=”600″][/media-credit] P.S. 234 in Tribeca is one of the numerous Downtown public schools with wait lists. BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  The last thing Karen Behrens thought she’d have to worry about when her family moved to Battery Park City in December 2001, was getting her child […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Downtown’s underground isn’t just made up of subway trains and tunnels. It is also home to an intricate network of water mains and other pipes that help transport water from the Catskill Mountains to New Yorkers’ kitchens and bathrooms, second graders from P.S. 276 learned during a field trip to the […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  The total number of kindergarteners anticipated to attend Lower Manhattan elementary schools is higher than it was this time last year, according to the city Dept. of Education, a fact that has Downtown parents concerned. Elizabeth Rose, the D.O.E.’s former director of portfolio planning for Lower Manhattan, delivered the news to […]

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BY JOHN BAYLES  |  The unseasonably warm weather could have people feeling like it’s already spring, which would mean it’s time for the annual Taste of Tribeca. But we’re not yet quite there. However for the folks that dedicate their time planning the annual event, which serves as a fundraiser for P.S. 234 and P.S. […]

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[media-credit name=”Downtown Express photos by Milo Hess ” align=”aligncenter” width=”600″][/media-credit] Crowds gathered at Roosevelt Park on Monday for the Fireworks Festival, one of the day’s many events marking the start of the Chinese Lunar New Year. BY ZACH WILLIAMS  |  If state legislators and other elected officials representing Lower Manhattan have their way, Chinese New […]

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BY ALINE REYNOLDS  |  Ten-year-old Owen Gallagher, who attends P.S. 89, lives the life of a typical fifth grader: He goes to class and, afterwards, plays sports and hangs out with his friends. Owen, however, can’t hear on his own. In third grade, he was diagnosed with moderately-severe sensorineural hearing loss and has relied on […]

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[media-credit name=”Downtown Express photo by Marshall James Kavanaugh ” align=”aligncenter” width=”600″][/media-credit] The TeachLivE technology, developed to help future teachers learn to interact with students, was unveiled at Pace University last Wednesday. BY MARSHALL JAMES KAVANAUGH  |  It was a scene out of science fiction. Trina Schattenkirk, a Pace University School of Education graduate and New […]

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