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Jun
24

Proposal would help NY students who miss or fail Regents earn diplomas

State education officials are planning to ease graduation requirements for students scheduled to graduate this month who faced schooling disruptions due to COVID or other medical reasons. A proposal from the State Board of Regents — expected to be approved Tuesday — would allow students who passed their course this year but failed or missed […]

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Jun
23

Chaotic end to NYC school year: Rage over budget cuts

A wave of disappointment and anger is spreading across New York City school communities, touched off by Mayor Eric Adams’ recently announced budget cuts: Parents fear they’ll see programs discontinued in the fall, and teachers are worried about their jobs. While the cuts are tied to K-12 declining enrollment —which has dropped by 9.5% since […]

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Jun
23

School’s Out for Summer and Many Teachers Are Calling It Quits

“I felt so helpless,” said 49-year-old Wendy Grider, who left her fourth-grade teaching job in Rocklin, Calif., this month. She watched parents over the past year take to social media to criticize teachers in her district for their homework assignments, she said.  And there were several instances in her classroom, she said, in which a […]

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Jun
23

Getting real-world experience: High schoolers design a ‘life skills’ lab for students with disabilities

A collaboration between two schools co-located in a midtown Manhattan campus has bridged both of their missions in the most fruitful way possible: a hands-on project giving their respective students real-world life skills. Students at Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction have donned the role of architects, designing a one-bedroom apartment for their “clients” […]

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Jun
23

Trading ‘Please focus’ for ‘How are you?’: A listening strategy that’s helping some teachers improve the classroom experience

To her relief, Elissa Levy’s ninth graders remembered how to make friends when they returned this September to East Harlem’s High School for Climate Justice. But after spending prolonged time out of the classroom during the pandemic, they seem to have forgotten how to “do” other parts of school, the physics teacher said. Many are […]

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Jun
23

Bill would give $25,000 to aspiring school counselors, social workers

Bailey Adling would stay up some days until 3 a.m. studying for his master’s degree in school counseling, and then wake up at 7 a.m. to work a full day as a substitute teacher. He was so exhausted he often considered dropping out of the program. While Priscilla Park was enrolled full-time in her graduate […]

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Jun
14

Eric Adams’ literacy overhaul slashes number of NYC reading coaches while expanding to higher grade levels

Mayor Eric Adams has made improving reading instruction across the nation’s largest school system one of his major education goals. In doing so, he is disbanding a key literacy program launched under former Mayor Bill de Blasio, according to sources familiar with the policy shift, raising questions about the new administration’s strategy. After six years, […]

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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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