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Apr
10

As NYC’s literacy mandate expands citywide, some school communities are pushing back

Twelve-year-old Carlo Murray perched on his tiptoes to reach the microphone as he addressed education officials last month. He then unleashed a withering critique of his school’s reading curriculum. “I love to read all sorts of books,” Carlo told the city’s Panel for Educational Policy, a group that approves contracts and other school policies. But […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Apr
10

NYC to open 9 new schools this fall. Here’s what to know.

Nine new schools will open this fall in New York City, aiming to provide families with more choices on where they enroll their children, schools Chancellor David Banks said Thursday. The new schools will offer a mix of elementary, middle, and high school programs across three of the city’s boroughs. They include a Brooklyn outpost of […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Apr
10

LISTEN: Students speak out about special education

Check out this podcast episode of P.S. Weekly as they dive into New York City’s notoriously complex special education system, which serves 1 in 5 students — or more than 200,000 children. Students with disabilities have the right to customized support — listed on individualized education programs, or IEPs, or 504 plans — that spell […]

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Apr
10

NYC 5th graders receive middle school offers, as city considers changes to admissions process

Amanda Rinzel, a parent and educator who lives in Brooklyn, spent her spare moments on Wednesday nervously refreshing her MySchools account, waiting for the news of where her fifth grade son would attend middle school in the fall. It was the family’s second time going through the middle school admissions process, but in some ways, […]

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Mar
12

After technical snafu, NYC says staggered school start times may be necessary for remote snow days

After technical glitches prevented many families from logging in for remote learning during a snowstorm last month, officials on Wednesday presented a temporary fix: staggered start times. The Education Department no longer cancels classes during inclement weather in part due to a growing number of school holidays and a state mandate to provide 180 days […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Mar
12

Match day: High school offers bring excitement and anxiety to NYC’s eighth graders

For years, Anthony Block De Jesus, an eighth grader at the School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Brooklyn, has been dreaming of a career on Broadway. He’s hopeful that he’s on his way: He learned on Thursday he’d been admitted to the vocal performance program at LaGuardia High School of Music & Art […]

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Mar
12

NYC schools bring back chicken dumplings, French toast sticks, burritos after outcry

Facing mounting criticism over cuts to popular school lunch items, New York City officials are reversing course. School cafeterias will once again feature French toast sticks, bean and cheese burritos, and chicken dumplings, an Education Department spokesperson confirmed Wednesday. Those items should reappear later this month or in early April. Officials eliminated the popular foods […]

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Mar
12

NYC budget director blames cafeteria menu cuts on too many kids eating

New York City slashed popular items like chicken tenders, dumplings, and cookies from cafeteria menus in February because too many kids were eating, a city official said Monday. Jacques Jiha, director of the Office of Management and Budget, offered the surprising explanation at a City Council budget hearing in response to questions from Education Committee […]

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