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DOE’s Rejection of Dr. Philip Composto as Superintendent Angers Parents and Local Leaders
DOE’s Rejection of Dr. Philip Composto as Superintendent Angers Parents and Local Leaders

May 16, 2022 By Christian Murray

The Department of Education is conducting a search for its school superintendents across the city and Dr. Philip Composto, the current superintendent of District 30, learned last week that he was not worthy enough to be part of the final interview process to retain his job.

The news that the Department of Education had told Composto that his last day as superintendent would be June 30—without providing him with an explanation—stunned elected officials, parents, and local school leaders. They said they were blindsided by the DOE’s decision and felt that they should have been consulted before the DOE took such a big step.

Since the news broke Thursday, a petition calling for Composto to keep his position has generated 3,000 signatures, a Zoom call drew 500 participants calling for his reinstatement, and on Friday there was a rally outside Van Alst Playground in Astoria condemning the DOE for not rehiring him.

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Op-Ed: Safety, Policing and The Truth About Bail Reform

May 11, 2022 Op-Ed By Brent O’Leary, Candidate for Assembly District 37

My grandfather emigrated to America and was fortunate enough to become a New York City Police Officer. One night he was called to a bar because a customer was too drunk and unruly. Instead of arresting him, my grandfather walked the guy to his home, as the punishment he was going to get from his wife would be far worse than the night in jail.