public schools

Jan
06

NY cancels January Regents exams as COVID cases surge

New York students won’t take Regents exams this January. New York education Commissioner Betty Rosa canceled the winter tests on Tuesday, citing a “daunting” spike in coronavirus cases across the state. No decisions have been made yet regarding the June and August exams, which far more students take. Officials previously said they planned to move […]

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Dec
13

Low pay for some NYC preschool directors is ‘discriminatory,’ lawsuit claims

The union representing certain pre-K leaders is suing the New York City Education Department over what the union calls “discriminatory” salary gaps that fall largely along racial lines. At issue are the sharp pay disparities between directors who work in community-run programs, which contract with the education department to provide free and subsidized care for […]

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Dec
13

77 Percent of principals and District Leaders said They Have Struggled to Hire a Sufficient Number of Substitute Teachers

“A nationally representative survey, conducted by the EdWeek Research Center Sept. 29 to Oct. 8, found that 77 percent of principals and district leaders said they have struggled to hire a sufficient number of substitute teachers. More administrators pointed to difficulties hiring subs than any other staffing position. Before the pandemic, the national average fill […]

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Aug
12

Job Posting – PS/MS 4, (3K – 8) – Assistant Principal

HIRING NIOW! PS/MS 4, (3K – 8 School) is currently looking for an Assistant Principal to support grades 3K – 5! The candidate should possess and demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills, management skills, and a strong work ethic. Furthermore, the candidate should have knowledge of best practices to enhancing teacher pedagogy coupled with […]

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Jul
13

CDC lifts mandate requiring wearing of masks in schools, NYC isn’t on board with new guidelines yet

From Chalkbeat:  Students may finally be able to trade in their masks for a thinking cap. Under new federal guidelines, vaccinated teachers and students will no longer need to wear masks inside school buildings, even though children below the age of 12 are not yet eligible to receive the vaccine. The new relaxed guidelines announced […]

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Jun
30

New York City’s long and winding school year ends on a full day for most students

From Chalkbeat: The year is ending the way it started: with confusion. Friday marks the end of this year’s wild ride of a school year for the nation’s largest system, and unlike previous years, it will be a “full” day of school, rather than a half day, education department officials confirmed this week. Several educators […]

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Jun
30

Summer school bus service expands for homeless students and those with disabilities — but don’t count on a bus ride home

From Chalkbeat: New York City officials are expanding summer school yellow bus service for homeless students and those with disabilities, but still have no plans to provide busing home at the end of the day. The city’s summer school program, known as “Summer Rising” — which is open to all students for the first time […]

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Apr
15

NYC to pay $500 to nearly 1,000 parents to address mental health needs at their schools

Chalkbeat has this story about a move that looks to support mental health in school communities: The education department is launching a training program next month for parents, paying them $500 to become “wellness ambassadors” addressing mental health needs in their school communities. The initiative will pay the stipend to parent leaders from roughly 950 […]

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