In an interview with Chalkbeat, NYC’s schools chief reflects on helming the nation’s largest school system.
The complex process can be daunting for the tens of thousands of eighth graders applying to public high schools.
When an app told me I was on track to spend 17 years of my life on screens, I knew something had to change.
Lack of access to school buildings has long been a barrier for students with physical disabilities.
The city’s population of homeless students was astronomical even before the recent influx, exceeding 100,000 for each of the past eight years.
Parents and advocates say traditional open houses may fill up quickly or gloss over special education.
Three counselors who spoke to Chalkbeat said they noticed a rebound in college enrollment over the past year, but it hasn’t bounced back to pre-pandemic levels.
Esto significa que por lo menos $35 millones en beneficios potenciales siguen sin utilizarse y podrían caducar a principios del año que viene.
In a city where accessibility is a constant challenge, the Rising New York Road Runners Wheelchair Training Program focuses on removing barriers.
“The police should not deal with students’ mental health or behavioral issues at all, including bullying,” one advocate said.
Schools get money in the summer based on the city’s projections of how many students are expected to fill their seats. After the final tallies are taken on Oct. 31, the Education Department adjusts school budgets, clawing back money from schools that enroll fewer students than anticipated.
In middle school, Elías Cruz joined a track team started by his English teacher. Now he’s a middle school English teacher who started a track team.
P-EBT funds have been doled out in recent years to help cover meal costs for families whose students usually receive free meals at school.
Students and parents can participate in focus groups on Oct. 25 and 30 to discuss specific reading programs.
The revised training is an effort to get educators to think twice before defaulting to a child welfare report, and give them a set of alternatives to try first.
When a Queens principal threatened to suspend students for following provocative Instagram accounts, did he go too far? Students from The Bell discuss.

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I understand why many teachers are afraid to bring up the Israel-Hamas war. I, too, was afraid.
Meanwhile, those already in shelters will get 60-day eviction notices, a “destabilizing” move for many school children.
Late last week, the Education Department began quietly rolling back the requirements for some pending contracts, Chalkbeat has learned.
A single Brooklyn district is home to more than a quarter of the city’s academically screened middle school programs, according to city data.
By next June, the state’s top education leaders are expected to develop a plan to infuse “science of reading” principles into teacher preparation programs.
Months after a renovation that was years in the making, an outdoor recreation area to be shared by three Manhattan schools is still closed.
Nearly 70% of NYC schools have access to some form of garden, but the planned Bergen Beach learning garden will be larger in scale and ambition.
“Kids can’t perform in the classroom if they’re not feeling healthy, well nourished, and sleeping well,” one after-school provider said.
NYC education officials gave schools little guidance during last week’s flooding. This week, a chance of a quarter to an inch of rain prompted a detailed memo.
Academic screens will return for some programs in District 2 for the first time since the start of the pandemic.
The scores provide a first look at student proficiency under new learning standards, after state officials revamped the tests for the most recent academic year.
But even with the modest increases this year, CUNY’s enrollment remains far below its pre-pandemic numbers, reflecting a seismic shift in recent years in college enrollment across the country.
City officials ordered schools to shelter in place last Friday, but no one told principals.
An education department spokesperson said the agency communicated through a press conference and social media. But no one communicated directly to principals.
The downpour affected service on every subway line, delayed dozens of school buses, and prompted both NYC Mayor Eric Adams and Gov. Kathy Hochul to issue a state of emergency.
The city’s notoriously complex high school admissions process can be daunting and stressful for families. See what advice experts offer as applications are set to open next week.
The updated guidance comes just days before the city’s notoriously complex high school admissions process kicks off on Oct. 3.
Members of an oversight panel have concerns about the effectiveness of ad campaigns as a public school enrollment strategy.
The recommendations, unveiled at a public hearing Tuesday night, are in the early stages and haven’t been adopted by the Education Department.
A new lawsuit against NYC’s health and education departments raises the question: Who’s responsible when the city fails to provide Early Intervention services?
When full-time in-person classes resumed in the 2021-2022 school year, the number of teachers using 11 or more sick days jumped to 16% and continued climbing to nearly 19% last school year.
I have no formal training, but I’m an expert in my child.
The tentative contract agreement comes after tense negotiations and concerns a strike would disrupt the first few weeks of the school year.
This ENL teacher wants her students to feel comfortable sharing their stories and identities.
The chancellor largely stuck to ideas he’s emphasized during his 20 months as chief. Chalkbeat wants to hear your thoughts on what he should prioritize.
Families at a Brooklyn Prospect Charter middle school were notified last week that a surge in new COVID cases had prompted precautionary measures.
The principal at Francis Lewis High School said one student was responsible for the accounts.
One rule bars students from using their official accounts to send emails outside the school system.
The New York Civil Liberties Union said the policy is unconstitutional, but education department officials defended it.
An English teacher and a school librarian in NYC launched an effort that is helping teens increase their reading stamina.