NYC special education referrals plunge 57% from pre-pandemic levels

From Chalkbeat: Significantly fewer students were referred for special education evaluations last year, dropping 57% since the year before the pandemic started, raising concerns that thousands of students have not been identified for services they may need. During the 2020-2021 school year, 9,457 students were referred for evaluations to determine if they need more intensive […]

By John Russo | news


NYPD UFT Fight Why Michael Mulgrew decided to back Sharpton’s rally is a complicated issue. (One we’re not equipped to unpack, much less judge, right now.) But nonetheless, this was a big misstep for Mulgrew, as the press is fanning the flames of an NYPD UFT fight.  Listen to this post! Share your thoughts with […]


Innovative PROSE Schools Announced

Innovative PROSE Schools Announced Chancellor Farina and UFT President Michael Mulgrew announced this list yesterday – the 62 schools selected to the city’s new innovative schools program, PROSE (Progressive Redesign Opportunity Schools for Excellence). (click here)   As part of the new UFT contract (more info here) the city decided that a number of schools […]


UFT contract announcement

  UFT Contract Announcement! According to multiple sources, Mayor DeBlasio will make a UFT Contract Announcement TODAY. UPDATE: it’s official!  Listen to this post: Here’s what we’ve heard: The Chalkbeat blog has a post on Career Ladder, Parent Face-Time, and Fewer Evaluation Metrics. The contract will include (according to sources), salary steps for taking on […]


Farina Addresses Teachers

Chancellor Fariña Addresses Teachers Her goal: Restore dignity and Respect to teaching Chancellor Fariña addresses teachers, at a town hall meeting with UFT members.  Her first priority — and the accomplishment by which she most wants to be judged — is restoring dignity and respect to the teaching profession.  “No one works well if beaten down,” she […]


UFT Protest: Charter School Fight

UFT Protest is about “vouchers” – The Charter Fight Heats Up Last week, the State Senate passed a budget resolution that would undermine the Mayor’s Pre-K bid, and would take away any leverage he has in his negotiations with Charter Schools. The resolution says that: – NYC can not charge rent to charter schools – […]

By John Russo | Educational Policy

NYC Teacher Contract Talks

NYC Teacher Contract Talks The NY Times is saying that Mayor De Blasio’s trying to work out a deal with the UFT. The NYC Teachers Contract Talks will take on the expired contract. The teachers have been working without a contract since talks broke down between the Union and Mayor Bloomberg in 2009. Bloomberg left 151 […]

By John Russo | Educational Policy

Charter School Fight

The Charter School Fight As he promised in his campaign, Mayor De Blasio has taken on the Charter Schools, in particular on the issue of co-locations. You can see our article here about co-locations (click). Listen to this post! Now the Charter School Fight is threatening to overshadow the Mayor’s trip to Albany (which is, […]

By John Russo | Educational Policy


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