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May
10

Philadelphia will screen sixth through eighth graders for weapons

Philadelphia’s sixth through eighth grade students will be subject to periodic weapons screenings starting on Monday, the school district announced Thursday in a letter to parents. The screenings will take place at six schools a day. They will be conducted at every middle school, as well as elementary schools with middle school grades, at least […]

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Mar
08

Teacher shortages, mask mandates: Everyday a test for pandemic principals!

It’s 5:30 a.m. on a Wednesday, and Sonia Tosh’s iPhone alarm eases her awake. Silver hair tousled, dark eyes bleary, Tosh grabs her phone from the nightstand, taps off the soft music and starts scrolling through her texts and emails. Who has COVID-19? Who’s going to cover classes? Do we have any substitutes? There’s currently a […]

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Feb
25

School Leader Crisis: Overwhelmed by Mounting Mental Health Issues and Public Distrust, a ‘Mass Exodus’ of Principals Could be Coming

From The74Million: School Leader Crisis: Overwhelmed by Mounting Mental Health Issues and Public Distrust, a ‘Mass Exodus’ of Principals Could be Coming As Derek Forbes began his third pandemic school year as a high school principal in Washington state, he was facing an uptick in disruptive behavior — kids talking back to teachers, getting into […]

By John Russo | Blog
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Dec
02

The NYPD is sending ‘youth coordination officers’ to schools. Who are they?

From Chalkbeat: Last month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced a fairly new kind of cop would be sent to city schools following a spate of violent incidents, including five guns allegedly recovered from students within a week. The NYPD initially rolled out the “Youth Coordination Officers” program in 2020, with an early target of moving […]

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Dec
02

Year-round school in New York? De Blasio makes pitch as he hints at gubernatorial run

From Chalkbeat: As he eyes a possible political future in Albany, Mayor Bill de Blasio pitched his next big education ideas Thursday: year-round school and extended school days across New York. De Blasio stopped just short of announcing a run for governor as he touted his statewide education plan on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” and he […]

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Dec
02

Settlement to give Black and Latino students more access to NYC high school sports teams

From Chalkbeat: New York City will expand access to sports teams in the wake of a lawsuit that claimed Black and Latino students were systematically denied access to the same athletic opportunities as students of other races. Under a preliminary settlement agreement announced Wednesday, the education department will group certain nearby high schools so they […]

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Dec
02

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 […]

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Nov
01

‘There’s been a teacher shortage crisis looming across the country’

From Yahoo: Aaron C. Spence, Virginia Beach City Public Schools Superintendent, joins Yahoo Finance to discuss the impact of teacher shortages and burnout. We’re dealing with a lot of things, obviously. We’re trying to keep school up in the middle of a pandemic. And we’re dealing with fairly significant staffing shortages and dealing with some […]

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