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Article on Chalkbeat about the new members of the Board of Regents.  One of the new Regents is Judy Chin who was the Queens superintendent when FIHS opened up in 2004.  There's a quote from Claire in the article:


After her stint in East Harlem, Chin taught at a school in Crown Heights before becoming the principal of schools in Chinatown and Chelsea. More recently, she served as a superintendent and network leader under Joel Klein, helping to open one of Queens’ first small high schools in 2004, Flushing International High School.


“She knew who those students were, she understood who English language learners were and she understood why a school like ours would be so helpful to them,” said Claire Sylvan, of the Internationals Network for Public Schools, which includes Flushing International.

An FIHS student was named NY1 Scholar Athlete of the Week!

NYC High School Students Aim to Make Their Mark at Youth Bike Summit | Streetsblog New York City


At International High School, meanwhile, the Youth Bike Summit delegation is working on a short film about what bicycling means to them.

Meredith Klein teaches math to seniors at International High School. A bike commuter, she started the club after a student came to her with questions about bicycling. “I wasn’t sure how many kids would be interested, but it turned out a ton of kids didn’t know how to ride or hadn’t touched a bike since they left home,” she said. The school’s curriculum focuses on improving English-language presentation skills, so making a film and presenting it at the summit fit nicely with the school’s goals, Klein said, but Seattle is a big stretch.

“They don’t have families who can just pay for them to go,” Klein said. “Logistically, we have to fundraise everything.”

Gov. Cuomo’s wrong diagnosis, wrong treatment for New York schools by Aaron Pallas


The governor’s diagnosis, however, is that the problem lies in our state’s teachers. The treatment? Increasing the role of standardized tests in annual evaluations of teacher performance, and requiring that teachers have five consecutive ratings of “effective” or “highly effective” to be eligible for tenure. Both are highly speculative.…


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There's an article on Chalkbeat today about the Regents making permanent the safety net for ELLs -

State eases graduation requirements for new immigrants

and Claire is quoted in the article:

Claire Sylvan, executive director of Internationals Network for Public Schools, which exclusively serves students who move to the U.S. with limited or no English language skills, praised the change, but had asked officials to make some additional changes. She wanted to broaden the change to include students who arrived in the U.S. as eighth graders and to allow for some flexibility around attendance requirements for students who miss school because they are attending immigration court.

“It was a good decision by the Regents that recognizes the particular challenge that ELLs face,” Sylvan said.