Schools Chancellor Visits P.S. 20 To Announce Expansion of Dual Language Program

Chancellor Farina and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer visited P.S. 20 Jan. 17, 2018. Photo via P.S. 20's Facebook page.

Chancellor Farina and Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer visited P.S. 20 Jan. 17, 2018. Photo via P.S. 20’s Facebook page.

NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña came to P.S. 20 on the Lower East Side yesterday to announce an expansion of the city’s pre-kindergarten dual language program.

Starting next fall, there will be twice as many pre-k dual language programs. P.S. 20 already offers a Mandarin program from pre-K through 5th grade, and Dual Language Spanish from kindergarten through 2nd grade. Beginning next year, P.S. 20 will also offer Dual Language Spanish to pre-K students.

In a statement, Fariña said, “Being able to speak and read in a different language, and understand a different culture, is a game-changer for our kids. That’s why we are more than doubling the number of New York City’s pre-K Dual Language programs – meeting the needs of our kids and families, and giving more of our children a critical early foundation in not just one language, but two.”

P.S. 20’s principal, Sarah Pinto, added, “Dual Language classes have been a tremendous asset to our school community, and we’re thrilled to be expanding our program to include pre-K Dual Language in Spanish. Through our Dual Language classes, students learn to embrace a new language and a new culture, setting them up for success in the diverse, multicultural world in which we live.”

In addition to P.S. 20, P.S. 1 (Alfred E. Smith School) will be adding a dual language program in Chinese. P.S. 188 (The Island School) already offers a Spanish program.

Have a look at the Department of Education’s Pre-K Finder for more details.


Schools Chancellor Walcott Holds Town Hall on Lower East Side Tonight

NYC Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott.

New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott will be on the Lower East Side tonight. He’ll be addressing parents at a town hall meeting at P.S. 20, 166 Essex Street.

It’s a particularly active time for the Department of Education.  Just yesterday, the mayor announced the elimination of 700 teaching and counseling jobs this year through attrition and 1800 more positions next year.  The city is losing $250 million in state aid because it failed to negotiate a new teacher evaluation system.

Walcott is also dealing with the school bus strike, which has been going on for two weeks now. According to the Daily News, “security concerns stemming from the bus strike” have prompted the NYPD to provide Walcott with 24-hour police protection.

The town hall meeting at P.S. 20 begins at 6 p.m.  Walcott will be taking questions from the audience.  If you would like to ask a question, you can fill out an index card on site tonight.

Shuang Wen, P.S. 20 Outline New Dual Language Programs

Last week, two Lower East Side Schools went before District 1’s Community Education Council to present their plans for implementing “dual language programs.” During the meeting, the Shuang Wen School (P.S. 184) and the Anna Silver School (PS. 20) outlined two different visions for teaching students in two languages, Mandarin and English.