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Jul
25

New York City to Pay $1.8 Billion to Former Teachers as Students Continue to Struggle

Thousands of former Black and Latino teachers in New York City stand to collect an astonishing $1.8 billion in damages after the city stopped fighting a decades-long discrimination lawsuit which alleged that a licensing test that teachers were formerly required to pass was biased. But while the evidence of such discrimination remains dubious, students in […]

By John Russo | Blog
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Apr
19

NYC schools have spent just half of this year’s COVID relief, report says

From Chalkbeat: Last spring, New York City schools celebrated its receipt of $7 billion in federal stimulus dollars as the administration of former Mayor Bill de Blasio planned how it would reopen buildings following two school years disrupted by the pandemic. But as of the first week of March, the education department had spent just […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Apr
19

After a spate of violence in NYC, here’s expert advice on how to talk with kids

From Chalkbeat In the terrifying moments after a gunman opened fire on a crowded subway train in Sunset Park, Brooklyn on Wednesday, schools nearby immediately went into lockdown. Students sheltered in their classrooms, with news alerts pinging on cell phones and smart devices. When class let out, police lights still flickered in the streets. Among […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Dec
13

Porter to step down as NYC school chancellor, clearing the way for Adams to make his pick

Meisha Porter will step down as New York City schools chancellor when Mayor Bill de Blasio’s tenure comes to a close at the end of the year, she announced Wednesday morning. Porter, who rose up through the ranks of city schools, stepped in to lead the nation’s largest school system in March following the sudden […]

By John Russo | news
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Dec
02

The future of geographic screens for NYC’s high schools is up in the air amid concerns over diversity, commutes

From Chalkbeat: New York City’s high school system rests on a patchwork of choice and exclusivity. Thousands of students criss-cross the five boroughs each day on subways, buses, and ferries to get to schools that admit students from anywhere in the city. Other high schools give priority to teens based on their home address — […]

By John Russo | news
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Sep
07

This NYC counselor is helping students work through COVID-era trauma

From Chalkbeak: After Randy Bowen lost three family members to COVID-19, he knew he needed to prioritize the activities that center him, such as meditating and riding his bike, so that he could show up for his students at Community Health Academy of the Heights. Bowen, a school counselor of 14 years and a certified […]

By John Russo | 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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Aug
12

My students thrived last year because they weren’t policed (The COVID era showed us why punitive policies don’t work

From Chalkbeat: A couple of years back, one of my students, a fifth grader, had an emotional outburst that led him to leave the classroom and run around the school. There was no plan in place for how we, as teachers and administrators, would handle a crisis like this.  It ended with adults chasing the […]

By John Russo | news
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