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Alex Zimmerman

Reporter, Chalkbeat New York

Alex Zimmerman joined the Chalkbeat team in 2016. Before that, he was a staff writer at the Pittsburgh City Paper and the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Village Voice, Vice and Atlas Obscura. Alex can be reached at azimmerman@chalkbeat.org.

New York state officials gave districts the green light to release test results in reading and math — but statewide figures won’t be released until later.
The move has prompted mixed reactions from educators and parents.
Schools Chancellor David Banks’ comments prompted multiple City Council members to grill officials about the department’s plans on Wednesday.
Even as New York City required students to return to in-person instruction last school year, hundreds of thousands of children missed large stretches of instruction, new figures show.
About 3,000 students at 59 schools — generally rising juniors and seniors — will be selected by employers for apprenticeships paying from $15 to $25 an hour.
New York City schools will cap kindergarten to third grade classes at 20 students, grades 4-8 at 23 students, and most high school classes at 25 students.
Mayor Eric Adams and his schools chief David Banks made no secret of their top priority for the new school year: improving how schools teach children how to read.
Educators, parents, and students: Does your classroom have air conditioning?
Summer Rising has brought fun camp-like activities, along with academics, to about 110,000 elementary and middle school students.
Dozens of advocacy groups are raising the alarm that restorative justice funding is “at risk” — including a planned expansion of restorative justice programs to all middle and high schools.
City officials have not yet shared what COVID safety measures will be in place next school year or what the city’s testing strategy might be.
“All this money that is meant for the kids in our public schools are going to private schools,” Chancellor Banks said. “Folks have figured out how to game this system.”
The court’s order brings whiplash to back-to-school planning. Four days prior, a lower court ruled the city needed to redo the education department budget.
The decision is more complicated than meets the eye, and either choice involves some trade-offs.
The decision keeps in place an order temporarily blocking the education department from moving forward with hundreds of millions of dollars of cuts to school budgets.
XQ is supporting new robotics and design-themed high schools, the city’s new virtual academies, and three other projects.
The plan calls for helping families access care more easily, expanding services to reach 41,000 more children.
Even schools that prided themselves on using restorative justice to address students’ needs struggled to pick up where they left off before the pandemic.
Department officials plan to hire 200 coaches for grades K-5, down from roughly 500 coaches focusing on grades K-2 in prior years
The SEED program aims to help students who have sensory issues that are “dramatically impacting their school performance.”