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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.

The case will head back to federal court after an appeals court ruled the case had been incorrectly dismissed.
Students from nearly every demographic group saw higher rates, though some gaps among groups widened.
Adams promised a telehealth program for all New York City high school students struggling with mental health. But officials offered few details on how it will work.
Addressing student mental health is a growing concern, as many students experienced trauma during the pandemic. Banks hasn’t yet unveiled a detailed plan for tackling the issue.
NYC has used hundreds of millions worth of federal relief funding for programs with recurring costs, including pre-K and hiring more nurses and social workers.
Fruchter died on Jan. 4 after being struck by a car near his Brooklyn home in late December. He was an activist, school leader, and academic involved in many of the most pivotal social and educational battles of the past half century.
CUNY launched a high-dosage tutoring program that pairs hundreds of aspiring educators with first and second graders who are struggling to read.
58% of NYC charter schools shrank during COVID, even as the sector grew overall. Two of the city’s major charter networks — Success Academy and Uncommon Schools — saw student enrollment shrink last year.
Most New York City high schools don’t have papers, and there are wide disparities in newspaper access across the city by race, geography, and poverty status.
In October alone, there were nearly 14,500 school bus delays, lasting 41 minutes on average.
“For some students, going back to a building for a full day just didn’t feel like it was for them anymore,” the school’s principal said.
Suspensions have fallen 64% over the past decade, though troubling racial disparities remain.
The proposals would require either new funding or significant cuts to some campuses, both of which would likely face political hurdles.
Schools Chancellor David Banks blamed problems with payments on the previous administration.
Many of the students are asylum seekers who have arrived recently from South American countries.
Of the city’s 478 middle schools, 59 will select at least some portion of next year’s incoming sixth graders based on their fourth grade marks. That’s down from 196 before the pandemic.
The schedule obtained by Chalkbeat reveals who had the chancellor’s ear as he began navigating his first job running a school system.
Chancellor Banks said students who work “really hard” should have priority access compared with “the child you have to throw water on their face to get them to go to school every day.”
Officials said the proposals will be reviewed by the chancellor and there will be opportunities for feedback by parent councils this winter.
NYC promised universal air conditioning by 2022. Dozens of educators, students, and parents told Chalkbeat that gaps in coverage remain.
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.