2013-10-30 / Features

Fighting For LIC H.S.


State Senator Michael Gianaris spoke at his alma mater, Long Island City H.S., in opposition to the DOE’s plan of co-locating a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) school within the existing high school. State Senator Michael Gianaris spoke at his alma mater, Long Island City H.S., in opposition to the DOE’s plan of co-locating a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) school within the existing high school. State Senator Michael Gianaris, a graduate of Long Island City H.S. (LICHS) joined Assemblymembers Aravella Simotas and Catherine Nolan, students, parents and teachers on October 23 at a joint public hearing, press conference/rally to fight a plan proposed by the city Department of Education (DOE) that would affect the school. After attempting to close down the school altogether just last year, the DOE now wants to colocate a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) school within LICHS.

Gianaris, who wrote a letter to the city Department of Education (DOE) opposing the co-location plan earlier this month, spoke at LICHS during a public hearing and student rally to give a voice to the community’s opposition to this proposal.


Assemblymember Aravella Simotas came to Long Island City H.S. to help rally against the proposed co-location. Assemblymember Aravella Simotas came to Long Island City H.S. to help rally against the proposed co-location. “After failing to close our school entirely last year, DOE is now trying to achieve the same result surreptitiously despite LIC’s steady improvement,” said Gianaris. “We should be celebrating the improvements this school has made and working to make LIC the best high school it can be. Putting tech programs in Western Queens is a great idea; let’s make it happen in a way that helps our current students instead of cutting seats and making their classrooms even more crowded.”

At the hearing, Gianaris suggested that the DOE place a tech program in LICHS for existing students.

The Panel for Education Policy (PEP) is voting on this proposal today. Gianaris is urging the PEP to vote against this plan.

“We’ve rallied in the past to keep LICHS open, and now it is a proud school on the rise,” said Simotas. “Putting this impressive progress at risk by co-locating another school in the same building is unacceptable and unfair to current and future students. I am proud to stand with parents, teachers, students, and fellow elected officials to urge the PEP to reject this proposal.”

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