teacher

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 […]

By John Russo | news
DETAIL
Nov
01

NYC to eliminate ‘gifted’ test in overhaul of segregated program

Starting this fall, New York City will no longer test rising kindergartners for entry into its gifted and talented program, which has long attracted controversy for enrolling starkly low numbers of Black and Latino students. Instead of having a specific gifted program sorting a small number of children, all kindergarten students attending the city’s 800 […]

By John Russo | news
DETAIL
Aug
26

Things are changing fast’: More schools requiring masks for all, vaccines for teachers

In just a week, more than a dozen of the country’s large urban school districts have shifted policies to require masks for all students and staff. And on Monday, the country’s largest school district announced it will require all school staff to be vaccinated, joining Chicago and Los Angeles.  New York City’s decision came just […]

By John Russo | Blog
DETAIL
Aug
12

Critical race theory debate hits New York City public schools

From Chalkbeat: Maud Maron was taken aback during her son’s recent fifth grade graduation when school administrators took a moment to acknowledge that the school building sits on land once taken from Native Americans. “I was like, ‘yes, that is true,’” Maron recounted. “But, as it turns out, for the better part of human existence, […]

By John Russo | news
DETAIL
Jun
30

‘How do we rebuild a sense of community?’ A Brooklyn school seeks to find joy and connection after a devastating year

From Chalkbeat: Milagros Reyes’s husband was in the first wave of New Yorkers to succumb to the coronavirus, taking his last breath in their East New York apartment. His death in April 2020 left Reyes alone with her two children, ages 3 and 10. Reyes called 911 to retrieve her husband’s body, which was quarantined […]

By John Russo | Blog . Early Childhood . news
DETAIL
Apr
15

How this NYC special education teacher creates a supportive ‘village of love’ for students and families

Chalkbeat has this great teacher profile: Danielle Guggenheim missed her physical classroom so much, she took on a weekend volunteer shift at her neighborhood farmers market in the Bronx. Every Saturday this past year, weather permitting, Guggenheim has sat outside and read books aloud to any children that wanted to stop and listen while their […]

By John Russo | news
DETAIL
Apr
15

NYC restored funding to schools that lost students. Will principals be able to spend it in time?

When New York City officials refunded money to schools that expected their budgets to be cut due to shrinking enrollment, they said the move would come as a relief to principals who are trying to keep students engaged during the pandemic. As roughly $130 million comes flooding back into the budgets of nearly 900 schools, […]

By John Russo | news
DETAIL
Mar
26

NYC’s fully remote elementary students can opt back into school buildings, de Blasio says

The city will survey remote middle and high school students but won’t yet give them a chance to return. New York City’s pre-K and elementary school students who are learning at home full-time will get another chance this school year to sign up for in-person instruction, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Friday. The window for […]

By John Russo | Blog . news
DETAIL