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Jul
21

To help my students who struggle with reading, I had to do some serious soul-searching

To help my students who struggle with reading, I had to do some serious soul-searching Growing up, I was an A student. My grandfather skipped a grade; so did my mother. With the baton handed to me, I made the honor roll, joined honor societies, played instruments, sang, and took part in a range of […]

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Jul
21

Chancellor Banks finally moving ahead with NYC school budget task force

After nearly two months, Schools Chancellor David Banks is moving forward on a pledge to create a budget task force, the Department of Education said Saturday. Banks has not yet set up the “team” he promised to address complaints about the “Fair Student Funding” formula, which largely determines how much money schools get. “I’m prepared […]

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Jun
14

NYC budget deal cuts school funding amid declining enrollment

New York City lawmakers reached a $101 billion budget deal Friday that finalizes cuts to school budgets for the 2022-2023 school year. Many details of the agreement, which sets the city’s financial plan from July 1 through June 2023, were still unavailable Friday evening. But in April, the mayor’s proposal showed a $1 billion drop […]

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Jun
14

These Indiana schools made racial equity their mission. Now they face hostile legislation.

At Bethel Park Elementary in Indianapolis, a fourth- and fifth-grade book club pauses in a read-aloud to discuss this line in “The Hate U Give”: Funny how it works with white kids though. It’s dope to be black until it’s hard to be black. “Black people can’t really do stuff like white people can,” a […]

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May
23

‘Sensory canoes’ and climbing walls: Inside NYC’s recovery program for students with disabilities

Five-year-old Bradley often struggles to sit still and is prone to wandering. But on a recent Saturday morning, he was calm, sprawled on a bean bag chair in a Brooklyn classroom, the lights turned down, and his socks cast aside. The only glow came from four illuminated vertical tubes filled with bubbles and a laptop […]

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Apr
19

NYC unveils changes to ‘gifted’ program, adding 1,000 seats to third grade

From Chalkbeat: More students will have the chance to enroll in New York City’s gifted programs, officials announced Thursday. But despite major changes promised by former Mayor Bill de Blasio in the face of stark segregation in gifted programs, the new administration decided to largely stick to the status quo. For the 2022-23 school year, […]

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Mar
08

Few options: Many NYC high schools are off limits to students with disabilities

Going to high school in New York City is supposed to be full of choices. Students in the nation’s largest school district can apply to more than 700 programs, picking from schools large or small, close to home or in another borough. There are career and technical schools, schools that offer college courses, and schools […]

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Jan
25

Hochul proposes $2.1 billion increase for NY schools, extension of NYC mayoral control

Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed a $2.1 billion increase for the state’s public schools and called for a four-year extension of New York City’s mayoral control of schools in her first budget address Tuesday. Hochul’s proposal builds on her State of the State address earlier this month, which outlined plans to recruit and retain more teachers, […]

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