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Jul
25

NYC parents/teachers file lawsuit against city over cuts to school budgets

Fed up with the impending education budget cuts, two teachers and two parents jointly filed a lawsuit this week against New York City, the Department of Education (DOE), and Schools Chancellor David Banks. The group is demanding an injunction to halt the $215 million budget cuts to public schools planned for next year.  After Mayor […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Jul
25

Here’s how to get free summer meals at NYC schools, pools, and parks

New York City’s education department recently served its millionth free summer meal to young people across the five boroughs.  The vast majority of those meals were served during the school day to children attending Summer Rising, the city’s free program that mixes academics and enrichment for elementary and middle school students. Only about 16% were […]

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Jul
21

4 Tips for Principals From a Parent Who Knows the Job

4 Tips for Principals From a Parent Who Knows the Job 1. Be visible: As a parent, I want to see my principal there on campus. I get it—you can’t always be there. You have district meetings, professional development, and things that take you off-site often. 2. Don’t just be visible, be good with kids: […]

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Jul
08

Hochul signs NYC mayoral control bill into law – with a tweak

Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a bill late Thursday that extends mayoral control of New York City schools for the next two years. But her signature came with a tweak: The eight-member expansion of the city’s education panel, which was passed under the original bill, will be delayed by five months. Mayoral control — which allows […]

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Jun
23

Chaotic end to NYC school year: Rage over budget cuts

A wave of disappointment and anger is spreading across New York City school communities, touched off by Mayor Eric Adams’ recently announced budget cuts: Parents fear they’ll see programs discontinued in the fall, and teachers are worried about their jobs. While the cuts are tied to K-12 declining enrollment —which has dropped by 9.5% since […]

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Jun
23

Trading ‘Please focus’ for ‘How are you?’: A listening strategy that’s helping some teachers improve the classroom experience

To her relief, Elissa Levy’s ninth graders remembered how to make friends when they returned this September to East Harlem’s High School for Climate Justice. But after spending prolonged time out of the classroom during the pandemic, they seem to have forgotten how to “do” other parts of school, the physics teacher said. Many are […]

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May
31

NYC’s controversial social skills assessment helped this Brooklyn school. Getting there hasn’t been easy.

Educators and families were in wide agreement: Students would need help adjusting socially and emotionally to being back in classrooms this year amid the COVID pandemic.  But one of New York City’s plans to do that — by using a questionnaire called the Devereux Student Strengths Assessment, or DESSA, in every school — was quickly […]

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May
31

After a lockdown brings fears home, Denver students rally for gun control

When Jude Keener-Ruscha realized the lockdown Thursday at Denver’s Northfield High School wasn’t a drill, they looked at the two good friends sitting next to them. “I thought, ‘Well, if I die sitting next to these two people, then it’s not that bad,’” said Jude, who will be a senior next year. “And that’s a […]

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