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Jun
19

NY is changing high school graduation requirements. Here’s what’s next in the multi-year effort.

Students will no longer be required to pass the state’s Regents exams to earn a high school diploma under a set of proposed actions New York Education officials outlined on Monday. Instead, they will have a menu of options to choose from to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in seven key areas: critical thinking, effective […]

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Jun
19

Lax NYC school cell phone policies put burden on teachers, leave students confused

On its face, the cell phone policy at Forest Hills High School seems clear: Phones cannot be used in school and must be turned off during the day, unless a teacher allows them as part of a lesson. In practice, the picture is a lot more complicated. Some teachers create their own rules, from zero-tolerance […]

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May
14

NYC schools could lose 400 nurses as federal relief funds expire

New York City public schools could lose hundreds of nurses next year, as the city faces the expiration of billions of dollars in one-time federal COVID relief funds. For years, many education programs have been propped up by the federal funds, including $65 million that supported roughly 400 contracted nurses, some of whom provide care […]

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May
14

To meet class size mandate, NYC officials look to virtual learning

To reduce New York City’s class sizes under a new state mandate, Education Department officials floated one option to help principals comply: virtual learning. In a plan released this week outlining ways that schools could meet the law’s goals, the Education Department suggested that some students could “receive regular remote instruction, potentially reducing the overall […]

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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

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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