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Reema Amin

Reporter, Chalkbeat New York

Reema Amin covers New York City public schools. Before Chalkbeat, she covered city and state government for the Daily Press in Virginia’s Hampton Roads region and was a breaking news reporter at the Chicago Sun-Times. Reema received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master’s degree in public affairs journalism from Columbia College Chicago.

The scores are the first measure of how students across the five boroughs have fared in reading and math since the coronavirus pandemic.
Training students to work together, especially under pressure, is at the core of how Billy Green teaches.
As Mayor Eric Adams stares down a massive budget shortfall, New York City has no clear plans to sustain its growing 3-K program.
The lack of communication about the new plan has sowed confusion and concern among staff and preschool providers.
Families across the five boroughs are already mounting letter-writing campaigns and petitions for and against schools that use screens for admissions.
Harlem chemistry teacher Billy Green, who faced homelessness in his youth, was named New York state’s teacher of the year. Green often combines science and arts into his lessons.
Beyond the typical joy and nerves among families and educators, there was a more somber reality: a majority of the city’s schools were starting the year with budget cuts.
New York City schools will cap kindergarten to third grade classes at 20 students, grades 4-8 at 23 students, and most high school classes at 25 students.
Staffers will be moved “to more effectively support schools in coordination with district superintendents,” the department says.
Research suggests money matters for schools. But experts aren’t sure how to explain test scores in the country’s highest spending state.
At least 1,000 new students are expected to enroll in district schools, including preschool-aged children.
Summer Rising has brought fun camp-like activities, along with academics, to about 110,000 elementary and middle school students.
The state’s Tuition Assistance Program now includes students who previously didn’t qualify because they weren’t taking enough credit hours.
Officials and providers alike describe the expansion as largely successful, but providers have pointed to a few problems to work out for the future.
No more on-site testing. At-home kits will continue to be sent home. Masking will mostly be optional. Students can return, masked, on Day 6 after testing positive.
The one-time payments come as inflation has tightened household budgets across the country.
Student enrollment has big implications for public schools, and declines can lead to less funding and school closures or mergers.
Ruling that New York City’s education budget process violated the law, a Manhattan judge ordered the city to redo this year’s education department budget. For now, school budgets revert to last year’s levels.
A judge said the city did not follow proper rules when it approved the budget, paving the way for restoring hundreds of millions in cuts to schools.
Stimulus dollars were previously not allowed to cover teacher salaries, but officials changed their tune amid a fight over budget cuts.
That deal would still fall short of the overall cut to school budgets, according to one analysis.
Two parents and two teachers seek to invalidate the city budget, claiming that city officials failed to follow proper protocols before voting.
The eight-member expansion of the city’s education panel, which was passed under the original bill, will be delayed by five months.
If mayoral control sunsets on Thursday, the city would have to reinstate the former system of 32 community boards.
Chalkbeat created a lookup tool examining changes to Fair Student Funding, a major source of funding for schools.
New York City’s Class of 2022 returned to school full time after two disrupted years. Four graduating high school seniors told us about how they made it through.
Schools will see less money in new budget deal, but Mayor Eric Adams says they’re not cuts. Instead, he sees the funding as reflecting the decreased student population.
Starting June 13, children under 5 will no longer be required to wear masks.
As federal stimulus funding starts to wind down, school leaders are facing tough choices with declining budgets and enrollment.