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Apr
15

Racial, economic gaps are widening among NYC’s free pre-K programs, researchers say

Chalkbeat has this article: The quality of programs serving mostly Black and Latino students has stalled or declined slightly, and is lower in census tracts with higher poverty levels, according to the Berkeley analysis released this week. Meanwhile program quality was improving at centers serving mostly white and Asian children, and was higher in wealthier […]

By John Russo | Blog . Uncategorized
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Mar
29

25,000 remote students sign up for in-person learning 2 days after opt-in window opens!

About 25,000 fully remote students have so far signed up to go back to classrooms for the remainder of this school year, just two days after New York City opened the opt-in period, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday. That number represents nearly 4% of the students who have chosen to learn from home full-time. […]

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Mar
29

What is the path forward for New York City schools? Mayoral hopefuls weigh in.

Despite Mayor Bill de Blasio’s goal of having students return to classrooms full time, while also offering an all-remote option, next school year feels like a big question mark. The challenges ahead are immense and will fall largely on the shoulders of New York City’s next mayor. Though the new chief executive won’t take office […]

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Mar
29

They were targets of racist remarks. Now, these NYC students want to talk about Asian American history — and hate.

For New York City high school students Amanda Chen and Joyce Jiang, the recent mass shooting in Atlanta that left eight people dead, including six women of Asian descent, was more heartbreaking than surprising. The teens have been painfully aware of the surge of anti-Asian hate crimes over the past year. Across the five boroughs, […]

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Mar
26

Easing the 6-foot distancing rule could bring more NYC students back to campuses this year

About 70% of New York City students are learning from home full-time. Parents may get another chance this school year to opt their children into in-person schooling, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. De Blasio did not reveal dates for a possible opt-in period, but said that any relaxation of physical distancing guidelines from the […]

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Mar
26

This NYC bilingual educator shares what it means to teach for ‘equity, not equality

“Much of teaching a new language happens in the small moments: in the chatter among peers, in asking to use the bathroom. This year, with New York City public schools shuttered so frequently due to coronavirus cases, students had far fewer opportunities for these casual conversations and questions, said Rebecca Quiñones, a second grade dual-language […]

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Mar
26

NYC’s fully remote elementary students can opt back into school buildings, de Blasio says

The city will survey remote middle and high school students but won’t yet give them a chance to return. New York City’s pre-K and elementary school students who are learning at home full-time will get another chance this school year to sign up for in-person instruction, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday. The window for […]

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Mar
26

NYC gave thousands of students iPads. For English learners, those devices have not been up to the task

“We’re watching our students struggle with technology not designed to help them learn. We teach high school English to new immigrants in the South Bronx. During our online classes, we notice our students multitasking to survive this pandemic.  We see them providing child care for younger siblings, and we hear them working jobs to help […]

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