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Nov
29

Computer science classes have an equity issue. Some NYC educators are trying to change that.

Computer science teacher Shanua Newton-Rodriguez is hoping to lead by example. A woman of color who grew up in the Bronx, she wants to see more students who look like her learning Java, Python, web design or other coding skills. But for many students in the nation’s largest school system — particularly girls, Black students, […]

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Nov
29

73% of NYC high schools don’t have a newspaper. Efforts are growing to fill in the gaps.

Emely Ou Feng dreams of being an investigative journalist one day. But the 16-year-old hasn’t had many opportunities to pursue that goal at school for a simple reason: Her Brooklyn campus doesn’t have a student newspaper. “Ever since I guess my freshman year I sort of knew that I want to be a journalist,” said […]

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Nov
29

NYC school bus delays reach highest level in five years, City Council analysis shows

School bus delays spiked this fall to levels higher than any point in the last five years, according to figures revealed during a City Council hearing Monday, representing a growing hardship for families who depend on yellow buses to ferry their children to school. Last month alone, there were nearly 14,500 school bus delays, lasting […]

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Nov
29

Cuts to NYC schools will stand after appeals court overturns budget redo

More than $370 million in cuts this year to schools across the five boroughs will stand after an appeals court ruled Tuesday that New York City lawmakers won’t have to vote again on the education department budget. The ruling overturns a lower court’s high-profile decision asking for a budget redo because of a procedural violation. […]

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Nov
29

In NYC, public schools are often the main source for youth mental health care

By law, public schools are required to provide a fair and appropriate education to all students – including those with mental health challenges. But what happens in reality is that families are forced to navigate an incredibly complex system, in a process that can take years to obtain the right services for their child. A […]

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Nov
21

Field trips in NYC slowly return, championed by schools Chancellor Banks

It’s too cold to jump into the sea in November. But 7-year-old Sienna felt like she got the next best thing Tuesday when her Brooklyn public school took a field trip to the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Ocean Life on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. “I can’t go in the ocean right now, […]

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Nov
21

Leaders in education refine their voices to build inclusive, equitable schools

While working as a teacher near where she grew up, Bronx native Rachel Phillips knew she needed to do more to address the glaring systemic inequities she saw in the school system. To gain new leadership skills, she chose to go back to school to earn her master’s of science in education in leadership in mathematics […]

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Nov
21

Manhattan charter school goes temporarily remote because too many staffers out sick

A Manhattan charter school is temporarily switching to remote learning because 17 of its 54 staff members were out sick Tuesday, according to school officials. Administrators at KIPP Washington Heights Middle School told families in an email Tuesday that the school would go virtual Wednesday through Friday “due to staff shortages associated with staff quarantining […]

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