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Feb
01

When schools assign substitutes the wrong status, the error suppresses their pay

When the Queens public school where she was working assigned Antonietta Auriemma to seven classroom sections, she realized something was wrong. Between January and June 2023, Auriemma, a substitute teacher, filled in for two different teachers on long-term leaves of absence, on top of extra classroom periods as needed. According to her handbook, she should […]

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Feb
01

Clock is ticking for NYC families: Millions in pandemic food benefits may expire next month

Millions of dollars in unused NYC pandemic food benefits could begin to expire next month, as the deadline for families to use them rapidly approaches. The funds — known as the Pandemic Electronic Benefits Transfer, or P-EBT — were sent to all New York City public school families in several rounds over the past four […]

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Jan
24

Governor Hochul Announces $5.1 Million to Establish School-Based Mental Health Clinics

Governor Kathy Hochul announced that more than $5.1 million was awarded to support 137 school-based mental health clinic satellites throughout New York State, including 82 at high-needs schools. Administered by the New York State Office of Mental Health, the funding is part of the governor’s $1 billion landmark plan to transform New York’s mental health […]

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Jan
22

NYC launches ‘campus revival’ program to upgrade neglected school buildings

For years, students and staff at Bushwick Leaders High School for Academic Excellence in Brooklyn had a recurring complaint about their aging school building: There were no working water fountains. Staff and students tried in vain to get them fixed, and Principal Enrique Garcia resorted to stockpiling bottled water to hand out to thirsty students. […]

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Jan
22

New lawsuit targets program to diversify NY’s college STEM majors

A prominent conservative legal foundation is backing a new lawsuit challenging a New York state program that seeks to increase the enrollment of “historically underrepresented” students in college science and technology programs on the grounds that it excludes some white and Asian American students, according to legal filings. The Pacific Legal Foundation is taking aim […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Jan
22

Moms for Liberty came to the Upper East Side. Protesters may have outnumbered guests.

Protesters may have outnumbered participants in Moms for Liberty’s Thursday night town hall on the Upper East Side. The right-wing organization’s event, which according to organizers was sold out, attracted ire from politicians and parent activists across the city. As about 100 people rallied outside toting signs reading “Mom against fascism,” “Queer people have kids […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Jan
22

NYC rolls out long-awaited school bus tracking app

New York City is finally rolling out a long-awaited school bus GPS app citywide – four and a half years after officials first announced the plan. The NYC School Bus App, developed in partnership with the rideshare company Via, allows caregivers of the roughly 150,000 students who ride a school bus every day to track […]

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Jan
22

Hochul proposes more than $800 million funding increase for NY schools, 4-year extension of mayoral control

Gov. Kathy Hochul has proposed a more than $800 million increase in funding for the state’s public schools, while also calling for a four-year extension of New York City’s polarizing mayoral control system. The proposals came Tuesday as Hochul presented her $233 billion 2025 state budget, building on the hundreds of policy initiatives announced last […]

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