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Restorative justice funding under threat, NYC schools advocates warn

Thanks to billions in federal pandemic relief funding, the city’s education department made plans to dramatically expand restorative justice programming, more than tripling funding over a three-year period to $21.6 million this school year. But dozens of advocacy groups are now raising the alarm that much of that funding is “at risk” — including a […]

By John Russo | Blog . news

This Brooklyn teacher is making theater more accessible to students with all abilities

A serendipitous subway ride about 20 years ago led Michael Pantone from his acting career to teaching theater at a Brooklyn public school serving children with disabilities. On the No. 2 train, Pantone had run into an actor friend as she headed to direct an after-school theater program for middle school students. She invited Pantone, […]

By John Russo | Blog . news

NYC class sizes could shrink under state bill, but schools chancellor warns of possible cuts

New York City’s schools chancellor criticized a state bill to cut down class sizes as a plan that prioritizes the number of students in classrooms over other, critical issues. This bill would lower class sizes to 20 students in the younger grades and 25 for most high school subjects. Money to fund the plan would […]

By John Russo | Blog . news

CDC lifts mandate requiring wearing of masks in schools, NYC isn’t on board with new guidelines yet

From Chalkbeat:  Students may finally be able to trade in their masks for a thinking cap. Under new federal guidelines, vaccinated teachers and students will no longer need to wear masks inside school buildings, even though children below the age of 12 are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine. The new relaxed guidelines announced […]

By John Russo | Blog . news

NYC DOE Co Location Plan

NYC DOE Co-location plan Co-locations are the term for NYC school buildings that house both NYC Public schools and charter schools. Co-locations have been a flashpoint recently, with community groups on both sides rallying their supporters and trying to get their point of view heard. Among the issues: tax funding for these private charters, resources […]

By John Russo | Educational Policy


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