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Patrick Wall

Senior National Reporter

Patrick Wall is a senior national reporter for Chalkbeat. He was previously interim bureau chief and a reporter for Chalkbeat New York. Patrick started his career as a fourth-grade teacher in Chicago Public Schools before earning a master’s degree in journalism from CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism. He’s been published in The Atlantic, Mother Jones, and DNAinfo, among other publications. He was a Spencer Education-Reporting Fellow at Columbia University and won a national beat reporting award from the Education Writers Association.

Many schools are working to plug vacancies, boost student attendance, and address student mental health and academic needs this fall.
Republican-led states oppose efforts to extend federal protections to trans students.
As Alabama imposes sweeping new restrictions on transgender youth, a support group offers space for community.
The full reach of the new laws won’t be known until fall. Already, many LGBTQ students feel under siege.
Newark previously asked for dozens of schools, but the state only built eight.
Police say they searched schools for explosives, but superintendent denies bomb threat.
Moves run counter to Newark’s goal of having more men of color as school leaders.
The students, who faced hardships outside of school, will attend Saint Elizabeth University.
The district is short more than 100 teachers and is looking for various ways to fill vacancies.
Mid-year data underscores “the magnitude of the losses” for student learning
Decision to make students learn remotely comes after walkout over discipline, Black teacher departures
Students at North Star Academy said some Black students are unhappy at the school, and some Black teachers have left.
The site has information about 185 Newark schools, including traditional, charter, and private.
Nearly four years after families and advocates filed a lawsuit saying New Jersey schools are unlawfully segregated, a judge is set to decide whether the state must remedy the situation.
A veteran of the Civil Rights Movement and a Newark organizer and historian, Williams spoke about his life and the ongoing fights over Black history and school integration.
After University Heights Charter School defaulted on a loan, a bank says the school must be put under receivership or it could face foreclosure.
A review of the schools’ spending plans shows the money will go toward ventilation systems, tutoring, technology, counselors, and much more.
The state denied requests by North Star Academy, Philip’s Academy, and Roseville Community Charter School to increase their maximum enrollments.
A new bill would create a division in the New Jersey education department to study school segregation and propose solutions.
Charter school boards must post meeting minutes and share agendas, but some have not kept up with those requirements.
Newark was one of five New Jersey districts chosen to receive an influx of COVID tests under President Biden’s latest push to expand testing in schools, Newark officials said.