Julian Shen-Berro

Reporter, Chalkbeat National

Julian Shen-Berro is a National Reporter for Chalkbeat based in New York City. He previously covered city politics at Politico and breaking news at The News & Observer in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is a graduate of Columbia University.

Part of a New York Academy of Sciences program, seventh graders get excited when their trail cameras catch critters in a nearby park.
‘We know that food insecurity prior to the pandemic was a major problem in New York City,’ one advocate said. ‘It’s only gotten exponentially worse since the pandemic, so any ongoing support is really essential.’
The latest enrollment figures hold major implications for school funding across the five boroughs.
Though New York City’s public libraries avoided deep cuts that would have significantly reduced hours, educators warn access to librarians is still limited in schools.
“If you enter the school system as a 3-year-old, and you exit as an 18-year-old, you will have done 60 lockdown drills,” one parent said. “This is not about making anyone less safe — this is about being smart about what is the best mediated solution.”
“Climate education has the potential to empower the next generation of civic leaders and improve the futures of millions of young people,” one student said.
“When it comes to these small, close-knit communities that are so tight, it really does feel like you’re breaking up families,” one local education council member said.
“There just becomes this hopelessness,” one clinician said. “They’re not incentivized to keep going to school, because it’s just too hard, and in fact they may never catch up.”
“The temperature has come down a little bit. But even if the outbursts aren’t quite as big as they were last year, they’re still there.”
“This is about the overall well being of your state economy and your overall society,” one expert said. “If you can’t recruit and retain teachers, that is a serious, serious problem.”
“America’s teen girls are engulfed in a growing wave of sadness, violence, and trauma,” one expert said.
Sharayne Douglas works as a therapist with the Pace Center for Girls, a non-profit that provides academic support, counseling, and other services to girls who are struggling and who have experienced trauma.
President Joe Biden called on lawmakers to enact new limitations on how tech industry giants can collect data from and advertise to kids, among other education measures.
Even before the pandemic, community colleges were seeing declines in enrollments for older adults and recent high school graduates, despite growth in dually enrolled high school students.
When the College Board released a final curriculum framework for AP African American Studies that removed much of the criticized content, some teachers feared the organization had caved to complaints.
The organization is set to eliminate roughly 400 positions, even as applications were up.
Some believe the lawsuit could prompt radical changes to the industry, while others expect it to quickly fizzle.
Schools in districts that endured book challenges in the 2021-22 year were less likely to have a title from a list of recently published LGBTQ books, according to the study.
The ratio of students to counselors has reached its lowest point in 36 years, spurred both by new counselors and a nationwide decline in enrollment.
Some districts have also moved to ban the artificial intelligence-powered program, while others are still evaluating its merits and risks.
The new bipartisan legislation includes tens of billions of dollars committed to schools, student support programs, and college funding.
Spending accelerated this fall as planned projects started in U.S. school districts.
The share of U.S. schools with more than half of students eating free and reduced-price lunch has dropped from 84% to 69% this year, according to a recent survey.
Students are continuing to regain academic ground lost during the pandemic.
Charter school enrollment spiked early in the pandemic, then flattened in the 2021-22 school year, according to the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
The latest findings solidify a developing picture of schools struggling to support students who have fallen off track.
Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has doled out more than $150 million to school districts in recent weeks.