Julian Shen-Berro

Julian Shen-Berro

Reporter, Chalkbeat New York

Julian Shen-Berro is a reporter for Chalkbeat New York. 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.

The $2.5 million school tours program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage will allow students to learn more about the history of the Holocaust.

Some city and state lawmakers say laundry services are critical for schools, but installing them can come with challenges.

Mayor Eric Adams has insisted all families who want spots in the city’s preschool programs would receive them, despite budget cuts to early childhood education.

Council members questioned officials as the looming expiration of federal COVID relief money threatens to shave $808 million from the Education Department’s budget.

Under state law, schools must conduct at least four lockdown drills each year. Lawmakers and advocates say that’s “excessive and ineffective.”

Before the pandemic, at least 137 schools serving roughly 70,000 students did not have a school nurse, according to one estimate.

Listen as student reporters speak with Banks about New York City’s Hidden Voices curriculums, school integration efforts, and more.

“It's a fundamentally wrong and unfair practice,” one student said, calling it “affirmative action for the wealthy.”

“This decision making was clearly rushed,” one lawmaker said. “It's not best practice, but this is where we are.”

Almost 75% of the city’s high schools do not have student publications, according to a 2022 study.