schools

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
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 […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Apr
15

Vaccine trials in teens yield promising results. What will that mean for NYC schools in the fall?

On the COVID and Schools front, Chalkbeat has this: Encouraging news from COVID-19 vaccine trials in adolescents could help pave the way for “really big and important” changes in schools this fall, one of the city’s top doctors said Wednesday. “To be quite frank, I literally almost dropped my phone when I saw how impressive […]

By John Russo | news
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Apr
15

NYC promises 2,000 additional teachers to address shortage. Principals union says that falls ‘woefully short

City officials promised Monday to scrounge up an additional 2,000 teachers to help fill staffing shortages plaguing the city’s partial school reopening plan — but critics say the influx of staffers will barely scratch the surface of the personnel crunch. “The 2,000 additional teachers the Mayor referenced in his press conference today is woefully short […]

By John Russo | New Teacher . news
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Mar
29

25,000 remote students sign up for in-person learning 2 days after opt-in window opens!

About 25,000 fully remote students have so far signed up to go back to classrooms for the remainder of this school year, just two days after New York City opened the opt-in period, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday. That number represents nearly 4% of the students who have chosen to learn from home full-time. […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
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Mar
26

Easing the 6-foot distancing rule could bring more NYC students back to campuses this year

About 70% of New York City students are learning from home full-time. Parents may get another chance this school year to opt their children into in-person schooling, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Thursday. De Blasio did not reveal dates for a possible opt-in period, but said that any relaxation of physical distancing guidelines from the […]

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Mar
26

NYC gave thousands of students iPads. For English learners, those devices have not been up to the task

“We’re watching our students struggle with technology not designed to help them learn. We teach high school English to new immigrants in the South Bronx. During our online classes, we notice our students multitasking to survive this pandemic.  We see them providing child care for younger siblings, and we hear them working jobs to help […]

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Mar
26

Coaxing NYC students back to classrooms: wins and struggles at one Bronx high school

When New York City high schools reopen on Monday for the first time in four months, the hallways at Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical High School will not be as crowded as they usually are. But they will be more bustling than many other city high schools. In a typical year, Smith welcomes just […]

By John Russo | Academic . Blog . news
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