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Michael Elsen-Rooney

Reporter, Chalkbeat New York

Mike Elsen-Rooney writes about New York City public schools. Before joining Chalkbeat, he covered education for the New York Daily News, Columbia Journalism School’s Teacher Project and The Hechinger Report. His writing has appeared in The Atlantic, USA Today, and The Boston Globe Magazine. Mike started his career as a high school Spanish teacher and afterschool program coordinator in the Washington DC area.

An education department spokesperson said the agency communicated through a press conference and social media. But no one communicated directly to principals.
The downpour affected service on every subway line, delayed dozens of school buses, and prompted both NYC Mayor Eric Adams and Gov. Kathy Hochul to issue a state of emergency.
Members of an oversight panel have concerns about the effectiveness of ad campaigns as a public school enrollment strategy.
The recommendations, unveiled at a public hearing Tuesday night, are in the early stages and haven’t been adopted by the Education Department.
When full-time in-person classes resumed in the 2021-2022 school year, the number of teachers using 11 or more sick days jumped to 16% and continued climbing to nearly 19% last school year.
One rule bars students from using their official accounts to send emails outside the school system.
Students returned to the city’s nearly 1,600 schools on a sweltering Thursday as a possible bus strike loomed.
It will be a pivotal school year for schools Chancellor David Banks, as his signature initiative to overhaul literacy instruction starts rolling out.
City officials say the teaching workforce is still in a strong position for now, and that both hiring and attrition are trending in better directions than last year.
More than 100,000 asylum seekers have arrived in New York City since last summer, with an estimated 20,000 children enrolling in the city’s public schools.
A strike could impact roughly 80,000 students across 4,400 bus routes in the five boroughs, according to city officials.
Deepak Marwah, an alum and former teacher at LaGuardia,, is set to take the helm at the Upper West Side institution later this month, the school announced Friday.
High school superintendents are urging schools in their districts to adopt a standardized English language arts curriculum.
Educators at the Harbor School are working hard to turn summer school into something students can feel proud of and look forward to.
The group of schools identified by Chalkbeat have been allowed to continue reporting poverty rates that are in some cases nearly two decades old, education department officials acknowledged.
Students at Brooklyn’s Leaders High School document the results of their experiments and present their findings to a panel of educators and experts in what’s known as a ‘performance-based assessment.’
About 17% of New York City public high schoolers go to a school where boys outnumber girls by at least 2 to 1, or vice versa, a Chalkbeat analysis found.
The growing crisis has been clear for years to Tina Puccio, who runs the member assistance program at the United Federation of Teachers, which provides short-term counseling to educators.
Thursday’s notifications arrived three months earlier than they did last year, as part of a series of reforms under schools Chancellor David Banks meant to simplify the process and tighten access to some coveted selective schools.
The bill currently awaiting a hearing in the state assembly would grant school psychologists licenses to offer a limited range of education-related services outside school.
For some DC 37 workers, the pay bump represents at least a partial acknowledgment of their crucial work helping keep the city’s school system running during the pandemic, often at far lower wages than other school staffers, union officials said.
Concerns about school safety and possible shootings prompted the decision to lock school doors. Whether the policy will be effective remains a big question mark.
Schools Chancellor David Banks has been raising the alarm about the recent spate of killings and shootings involving young people, calling it a “state of emergency” that requires more intervention.
Harbor Heights Middle School, which had just over 100 students before the pandemic, dropped to an enrollment of around 60 students this year.
Yeou-Jey Vasconcelos is leaving the famed performing arts school for an “opportunity to serve New York City students and families in a leadership capacity outside of the Department of Education,” she said.
New York City officials are launching a new effort to curb discrimination against the city’s oldest residents — by educating some of its youngest.
The wide-ranging conversation touched on the definition of diversity in a multiracial and multiethnic school system, and how to incorporate the views of parents when their opinions and platforms vary so widely.
Adams announced that he will delay the previously scheduled cut, giving a temporary reprieve to schools who lost students during the pandemic and are still struggling with the effects of last year’s cuts.
Chalkbeat spoke with Judah Firestone-Morrill, a 16-year-old junior at Bard who helped organize the rally, about the students’ goals, and why they believe youth voices should be at the center of the debate over school budgets.
CUNY reached a major milestone in the fall, when the city’s university system phased out the last of its non-credit-bearing remedial classes at its community colleges.