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Jun
14

NYC budget deal cuts school funding amid declining enrollment

New York City lawmakers reached a $101 billion budget deal Friday that finalizes cuts to school budgets for the 2022-2023 school year. Many details of the agreement, which sets the city’s financial plan from July 1 through June 2023, were still unavailable Friday evening. But in April, the mayor’s proposal showed a $1 billion drop […]

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Jun
14

These Indiana schools made racial equity their mission. Now they face hostile legislation.

At Bethel Park Elementary in Indianapolis, a fourth- and fifth-grade book club pauses in a read-aloud to discuss this line in “The Hate U Give”: Funny how it works with white kids though. It’s dope to be black until it’s hard to be black. “Black people can’t really do stuff like white people can,” a […]

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Jun
14

“It’s Not Sustainable”: NYC Public School Administrators, Teachers Struggle With Staffing Shortages

Faced with high absentee rates among students and teachers, principals at public schools across New York City are scrambling to staff classes and keep their doors open. Depending on who you ask, the result is barely controlled chaos, or an exercise in creative problem solving during a crisis. Mark Cannizzaro, president of the Council of […]

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Jun
07

As Eric Adams keeps control over NYC schools, he’s forced to lower class sizes

Mayor Eric Adams won control of New York City’s public schools for two more years, but not without several changes to the system along with a new mandate to lower class sizes by 2027, state lawmakers decided early Friday. Sen. John Liu, a Queens Democrat who helped craft the agreements, described the compromise over mayoral […]

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Jun
07

My U.S. History Regents exam was canceled after a mass shooting. Leaders must focus on removing the real threat.

As the New York State mandated U.S. History Regents exam approached, test preparation was in full swing at Stuyvesant High School, where I am a junior. This year would be the first time this exam was offered since the pandemic hit, and none of us knew what to expect. Stuyvesant held intensive test prep during […]

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Jun
07

Dancing after social distancing: NYC students learn to waltz together again

There was no hint of social distancing, no hesitation to get in close once the polka came on. Fifth graders at P.S. 48 in Washington Heights faced each other in two tight circles at the center of the gym, some wearing masks and others without. The upbeat pom-pom-pom music came through a small but powerful […]

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May
31

Teacher Shortage: More teachers are needed .. State Education Department aims to ease teacher certification requirements, as shortages continue

A major teacher shortage continues to plague New York state. Educators say the certification process is arduous and costly, causing some to walk away before leading their own classroom. Now, the state Department of Education is making new proposals to try and solve the problem. Among them: getting rid of a feared assessment.  Kevin Quinn […]

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May
23

New York to increase weekly instruction for medically fragile students

New York state officials will increase the number of hours students with medical conditions must receive after a flurry of questions from parents and school districts — but the mandate won’t take effect until the 2023-2024 school year. The changes affect students who, for medical reasons, won’t be in school for at least 10 days […]

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