Marcela Rodrigues-Sherley

2022 Desk Intern, Chalkbeat New York
In 1929, Pura Belpré, an Afro-Puerto Rican from the island, became the first Latina librarian at the New York Public Library.
For many low-income students, the summer before their first year of college is nerve wracking. Between endless paperwork and financial aid, some never go.
During a lockdown drill, it’s up to each teacher to decide how to lead the process and respond to students’ emotions.
Roberto Padilla left his role last year as the head of Newburgh’s school system after allegations of sexual harassment.
The city’s new virtual high school program could serve 200 ninth graders this coming school year.
Due to recently announced budget cuts, parents fear they’ll see programs discontinued in the fall, and teachers are worried about their jobs.
Students at the School of Design and Construction are partnering with IKEA to build a life skills learning lab for students with disabilities.
The state began sending New York families $375 per child for food benefits, a retroactive move to cover meal costs from last summer.