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Apr
15

Vaccine trials in teens yield promising results. What will that mean for NYC schools in the fall?

On the COVID and Schools front, Chalkbeat has this: Encouraging news from COVID-19 vaccine trials in adolescents could help pave the way for “really big and important” changes in schools this fall, one of the city’s top doctors said Wednesday. “To be quite frank, I literally almost dropped my phone when I saw how impressive […]

By John Russo | news
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Apr
15

NYC promises 2,000 additional teachers to address shortage. Principals union says that falls ‘woefully short

City officials promised Monday to scrounge up an additional 2,000 teachers to help fill staffing shortages plaguing the city’s partial school reopening plan — but critics say the influx of staffers will barely scratch the surface of the personnel crunch. “The 2,000 additional teachers the Mayor referenced in his press conference today is woefully short […]

By John Russo | New Teacher . news
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Apr
15

How this NYC special education teacher creates a supportive ‘village of love’ for students and families

Chalkbeat has this great teacher profile: Danielle Guggenheim missed her physical classroom so much, she took on a weekend volunteer shift at her neighborhood farmers market in the Bronx. Every Saturday this past year, weather permitting, Guggenheim has sat outside and read books aloud to any children that wanted to stop and listen while their […]

By John Russo | news
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Apr
15

NYC restored funding to schools that lost students. Will principals be able to spend it in time?

When New York City officials refunded money to schools that expected their budgets to be cut due to shrinking enrollment, they said the move would come as a relief to principals who are trying to keep students engaged during the pandemic. As roughly $130 million comes flooding back into the budgets of nearly 900 schools, […]

By John Russo | news
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Apr
15

NYC to pay $500 to nearly 1,000 parents to address mental health needs at their schools

Chalkbeat has this story about a move that looks to support mental health in school communities: The education department is launching a training program next month for parents, paying them $500 to become “wellness ambassadors” addressing mental health needs in their school communities. The initiative will pay the stipend to parent leaders from roughly 950 […]

By John Russo | news
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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

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 […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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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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