educators

Sep
07

NYC plans to screen nearly 200,000 students in the early grades to uncover struggling readers. Then what?

From Chalkbeat: In a massive bid to gauge reading skills following COVID-related learning disruptions, New York City’s education department is introducing literacy screening for its nearly 200,000 children in kindergarten through second grade. This fall’s early literacy effort is part of a wider $635 million infusion, almost entirely federally funded, aimed at getting thousands of […]

By John Russo | news
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Aug
12

NYC to increase special education services for Bronx students following settlement

From Chalkbeat: A federal district judge has approved a settlement agreement between the education department and disability rights advocates in the Bronx, resolving a four-year-old lawsuit that challenged the city’s process for allocating certain special education services.  The settlement, in effect for three years, requires the education department to make a series of changes to […]

By John Russo | news
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Jun
30

COVID rates are down, but some Bronx parents are not ready for in-person learning

From Chalkbeat: For the first time in almost a decade, Bronx mom Lourdes Jibodh did not receive a letter from her son’s school saying that his promotion to the next grade level was in doubt. Instead, her 17-year-old son Christian Camacho has been performing well academically while learning online during the pandemic. The junior at […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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May
20

Persistence is key: NYC families of students with disabilities share stories of their pandemic year

Persistence is key: NYC families of students with disabilities share stories of their pandemic year Remote learning has proved uniquely challenging for the roughly 200,000 New York City public school students classified with disabilities — many of whom haven’t received all of their mandated support services this school year. To hear about what was and […]

By John Russo | Blog . 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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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, […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Mar
09

NYC high school buildings will reopen in March. Sports are set to resume in April.

“NYC high school buildings will reopen in March. Sports are set to resume in April.” New York City high school students will begin returning to their campuses on March 22, and athletes will rejoin their teams in April for a sports season that has been extended through the summer, the city’s education department announced Monday. […]

By John Russo | Blog . Educational Policy
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Mar
04

Schools must still give standardized tests this year, but won’t be held accountable for results

Schools must still give standardized tests this year, but may use modifications, and won’t be held accountable for the results. The Biden administration said Monday that states must administer federally required standardized tests this year, but schools won’t be held accountable for the results — and states could give shorter, remote, or delayed versions of […]

By John Russo | Blog . Educational Policy . news
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