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May
14

NYC schools can now donate cafeteria food to fight hunger and reduce waste. Here’s how.

New York City’s Education Department recently launched a program allowing schools to donate unused packaged food to local food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters — an effort nearly two years in the making. After a small group of schools piloted a food donation program, officials trained roughly 400 school food managers, supervisors, and directors earlier […]

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May
14

Aspen Ideas fest for teens: Brooklyn students tackle mental health, immigration, and more…

Kimberly Gil knows what it’s like to struggle with mental health and not have a place to turn for support. Gil, a 16-year-old sophomore at the High School for Social Justice in Bushwick, Brooklyn, immigrated to the U.S. as a kid and struggled to acclimate. She often felt like she couldn’t talk to her family […]

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May
06

N.Y. education leaders agree on proposed teacher evaluation changes that don’t use students’ standardized test scores

New York state education leaders and the teachers’ union have announced an agreement to change how New York school teachers and principals are evaluated, and move away from the mandated reliance on standardized test scores. State Education Department Commissioner Betty Rosa and New York State United Teachers President Melinda Person hand-delivered their drafted legislation Wednesday […]

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May
06

New York State Library Announces May Public Programs

The New York State Library announces its upcoming programming for May 2024, including webinars and events related to genealogical services, small business development assistance, and other interesting topics. The following upcoming free programming requires registration and is available either in person or online, as indicated in each listing. Basic Salvage Techniques for Paper Collections Monday, […]

By John Russo | Blog . New Teacher
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May
06

N.Y. Education Department hints at big changes to graduation requirements

ALBANY — The state Education Department is embracing the idea of new graduation requirements and plans to release a vision for what it is hinting will be big changes next month. “Rethinking and modernizing education in New York state is not an easy task,” Deputy Commissioner Jason Harmon told the Board of Regents at Monday’s […]

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Apr
29

NYC’s test opt-out rate doubled in the wake of the pandemic

The epicenter of New York’s test refusal movement has long been outside the five boroughs, taking root in whiter and more affluent school districts, particularly on Long Island. But since the pandemic, the share of families opting out of the annual state tests has more than doubled in New York City — even as the […]

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Apr
29

560 NYC schools were affected by torrential downpour in September, report finds

About 560 New York City public schools were affected by torrential rainfall last September, far more than previously known, according to a report released this week by the city comptroller. As Tropical Storm Ophelia pelted some parts of the city with more than 8 inches of rain, public school buildings contended with leaky roofs and […]

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Apr
29

As NYC’s education budget hits a fiscal cliff, Adams saves several school programs

New York City public schools would see its budget shrink by 2.4%, or $808 million, next fiscal year under a more detailed budget presented by Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday. The smaller budget is largely the result of expiring federal relief dollars, and Adams’ proposal saves a slew of programs that were on the chopping […]

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