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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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Jul
09

NYC tells schools to expect an influx of summer students. With just days left, principals aren’t happy.

From Chalkbeat: Just days before summer school begins, city officials informed schools on Wednesday that they may need to accommodate an influx of students, frustrating principals who said the last-minute move could create a staffing crunch. Chancellor Meisha Porter informed principals that, “all schools should plan to serve all students interested in their site’s program,” […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Jun
30

All classrooms to have 2 air purifiers next year, New York City officials pledge

From Chalkbeat: To help curb the spread of COVID, all 56,000 New York City public school classrooms will be equipped with two air purifiers by September, according to the education department. Already, the department has distributed 100,000 air purifiers to schools, and they are working to ensure each classroom has two air purifiers by the […]

By John Russo | Blog . Early Childhood . news
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