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Aug
18

Restorative justice funding under threat, NYC schools advocates warn

Thanks to billions in federal pandemic relief funding, the city’s education department made plans to dramatically expand restorative justice programming, more than tripling funding over a three-year period to $21.6 million this school year. But dozens of advocacy groups are now raising the alarm that much of that funding is “at risk” — including a […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Jul
25

With Banks and Adams, NYC school integration advocates see an uphill fight

At a town hall meeting in southeast Queens this spring, a parent leader asked David Banks, the newly minted schools chancellor: Will you fight to integrate our segregated schools? “I think diversity, when it’s done well, provides a level of enrichment for education that you cannot beat,” Banks responded.  “But I also think that it […]

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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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Jun
07

NYC public school families to receive $375 per child for food benefits through federal COVID relief

All New York City public school families regardless of income will receive $375 per child in food benefits to help cover the costs of meals from last summer during the pandemic —whether they attended summer school or not. The state began the rollout this month, with the retroactive benefit being distributed to students enrolled as […]

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May
23

Will expanding ‘gifted’ programs help or hurt NYC schools already struggling with enrollment?

Chancellor David Banks has argued it’s important to dramatically expand New York City’s gifted and talented program to lure families back to public schools amid years long sagging enrollment. But in one corner of Harlem, the city’s plan set off a debate over whether opening more classrooms for “gifted” students would really be a boost […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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May
10

TikTok videos and teacher calls: How a South Side Chicago school increased vaccine uptake

More than a dozen elementary school students, sporting bright yellow T-shirts with the words: “Doing my part. Vaccinated,” walked down a hallway at Dunne STEM Academy and recited lines while filming a public service announcement. In take after take, students corrected one another on pronunciation and encouraged classmates to carry on if they fumbled a […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Apr
19

Hochul proposes waiving retiree income cap, accelerating certification amid NY teacher shortage

From Pix 11: NEW YORK – Gov. Kathy Hochul vowed to support the teacher workforce and rebuild the state’s school system in her 2022 State of the State address Wednesday. The governor attributed the disruption to education and a vast teacher shortage to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “The role of a teacher is irreplaceable in […]

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Apr
07

Brooklyn school unveils sign honoring suffragist, displacing name synonymous with slavery

A Brooklyn elementary school’s five-year journey to shed a name tied to slavery culminated on Monday with the unveiling of a sign officially renaming P.S. 9 the Sarah Smith Garnet School. It replaced a sign featuring the name of Teunis G. Bergen, scion of a slave-holding family that made its fortune going back to the […]

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