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Time for a master plan on city education
Two Queens schools that have
long wished for additional classroom
space are fi nally getting
what they’ve wanted.
In Forest Hills, the city’s School
Construction Authority (SCA) is erecting
a four-story extension at P.S. 144
that will provide 26 new classrooms
and additional amenities. The SCA is
also building a 440-seat extension to
the four-story P.S./I.S. 128 in Middle
Village — which was built less than a
decade ago to accommodate additional
students and replace an obsolete,
one-story school building.
Both schools, along with too many
other Queens public schools to mention,
are way overcrowded. More
students than ever are moving into the
city’s public schools system, the result
of a population surge and the rising
cost of private school tuition, which
has sadly become prohibitive for too
many families in our area.
Queens is rapidly running out of
real estate, and the city needs to start
being more creative when it comes to
meeting the demand for school space.
The city should bring together education
offi cials, both public and private,
and others to examine the projected
need for school space over the next
three decades and formulate a master
plan to ensure all children will be
provided with a proper education in
a comfortable, safe and less crowded
The challenge isn’t easy, but it’s one
we can’t aff ord to shirk.
As this paper
are immersed in
the celebration of Hanukkah.
A celebration of light during
one of the darkest times of the
year, the holiday — which is rooted
in Jewish resistance to eff orts
by the Syrians to suppress Judaism
— marks a miracle whereby
enough oil to light a menorah for
a single night lasted for eight days,
until it could be replenished.
A miracle like that is more than
just a story. It is an inspiration not
just to Jews but to all of us seeking
peace and prosperity not only in
our neighborhood and borough
but around the world.
Yes, Hanukkah was a time of
miracles, and that is something
we can all use right about now.
Our unshakable city
For the second time this year,
a lone wolf terrorist tried to
strike fear, mayhem and death
in the heart of New York — and
The Halloween attack cost eight
people their lives, but Monday’s
bombing in a Manhattan subway
tunnel passageway was thankfully
a complete fi asco. The would-be suicide
bomber’s homemade explosive
device caused more injury to himself
than anyone — and he’ll live to be
brought to justice.
Unfortunately, the day will come
when another nutjob — radicalized
through internet videos and hellbent
on harming strangers — will try to
blow themselves up in a corridor or
drive a truck through a crowd.
When that happens, we again
must step up and show the same
resolve we demonstrated this year:
to quickly comfort the wounded,
secure the city, bring the suspects
to justice and go on with our lives.
There is no greater and more
effective response to terrorism
We will never cower to terrorists.
We will never let them prevail.