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Entry from June 01, 2014
School of No (PS 106, Far Rockaway, Queens nickname)

P.S. 106 in Far Rockaway, Queens,holds classes for students through grade six. The New York (NY) Post dubbed PS 106 the “School of No” because it had no books, no gym classes and no art classes, among other deficiencies.

“No books, no clue at city’s worst school” by Susan Edelman ran in the New York Post on January 12, 2014, stating:

“This principal runs a school of ‘no.’”

Another Post story on the school appeared the next day, on January 13, 2014:

“It became known as the ‘School of No’ because it provides no gym, no art classes, no textbooks covering the Common Core standards and no proper nurse’s office.”


NYC Department of Education
P.S. 106
RACHELLE LEGIONS, PRINCIPAL
180 BEACH 35 STREET, QUEENS, NY 11691
PHONE: 718-327-5828

New York (NY) Post
No books, no clue at city’s worst school
By Susan Edelman
January 12, 2014 | 4:03am
This principal runs a school of “no.”

Students at PS 106 in Far Rockaway, Queens, have gotten no math or reading and writing books for the rigorous Common Core curriculum, whistleblowers say.

The 234 kids get no gym or art classes. Instead, they watch movies every day.

New York (NY) Post
Worst principal forced poor kids to pay for bizarre bash
By Susan Edelman and Sean Piccoli January 13, 2014 | 5:24am
Kids at Queens’ notorious “School of No” have been forced to pay for a bizarre fifth-grade party at which their principal makes them dress up as little brides and grooms, The Post has learned — as the DOE announced that it would probe conditions at the school.

PS 106’s fur-clad principal, Marcella Sills — who is known for frequently being absent — has for at least the past three years orchestrated an annual prom at a posh rental hall.
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It became known as the “School of No” because it provides no gym, no art classes, no textbooks covering the Common Core standards and no proper nurse’s office.

New York (NY) Post
Parents boo ‘terrible principal’ at city’s ‘School of No’
By Susan Edelman, Kevin Sheehan and Bob Fredericks
January 14, 2014 | 9:11am
Parents dropping off their kids at the “School of No” Tuesday morning booed embattled principal Marcella Sills, who showed up early for work the second day in a row.
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PS 106 earned its “School of No” moniker because, numerous school sources say, it has no gym, no art classes, kindergarten trailers that smell like animal urine and no reading, writing or math books for the rigorous Common Core curriculum.

PFSA (Partnership For Student Advocacy)
There Are Many “NO Schools”
January 15, 2014 · by Mary Conway-Spiegel
Earlier this week the NY Post broke a story about P.S. 106 in Queens, nicknamed the “School Of NO.” According to the Post, “PS 106 earned its ‘School of No’ moniker because, numerous school sources say, it has no gym, no art classes, no reading, writing or math books for the rigorous Common Core curriculum, and accommodates students in kindergarten trailers that smell like animal urine.”

Conditions at the “School Of NO” aren’t a revelation, the Post must know this, as do elected officials, parents/guardians, advocates and children in many schools across the five boroughs, most of them in impoverished communities.

New York (NY) Post
‘School of No’ principal accused of fraud
By Susan Edelman
May 25, 2014 | 1:21am
The Department of Education has officially charged “School of No” principal Marcella Sills with ripping off the city as well as her students.
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The Post dubbed PS 106 the “School of No” because it had no books for the Common Core curriculum, no gym or art classes, no nurse’s office and no special-ed teachers for classes with learning-disabled students.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Sunday, June 01, 2014 • Permalink