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Dec
13

Low pay for some NYC preschool directors is ‘discriminatory,’ lawsuit claims

The union representing certain pre-K leaders is suing the New York City Education Department over what the union calls “discriminatory” salary gaps that fall largely along racial lines. At issue are the sharp pay disparities between directors who work in community-run programs, which contract with the education department to provide free and subsidized care for […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Dec
02

Vaccine clinics return to some NYC schools this week and will be back again for second doses

From Chalkbeat: Schools with high vaccine demand among 5- to 11-year-old students will get another chance to issue first doses this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday. And, in a reversal, all schools serving students in that age group will begin offering second doses beginning Nov. 30 instead of requiring families to visit neighborhood […]

By John Russo | news
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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 […]

By John Russo | news
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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 […]

By John Russo | news
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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 […]

By John Russo | news
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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 […]

By John Russo | news
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Nov
01

NYC students go without mandated services because of staffing shortage

The staffing shortage caused by the thousands of unvaccinated teachers and staffers who were out of a job wreaked havoc at some city schools, where students skipped mandated services or were taught by inexperienced teachers. At PS 204 in Bensonhurst and PS 185 in Bay Ridge, there was a lack of speech specialists. At IS […]

By John Russo | Blog . Early Childhood . New Teacher . news
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Aug
19

As quarantines send students home, what’s the plan to keep them learning?

From Chalkbeat: It was only her son’s third day of kindergarten when Sabrina Padgett got a call in late July that he’d been exposed to COVID and had to stay home for over a week. Soon after, that got extended when Padgett herself tested positive for COVID. Then her other two school-age children had to […]

By John Russo | news
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