COVID and Schools
Families will get new scores within 48 hours, say state officials
With just a month until the school year ends, families are scrambling to find alternate summer programs for their children.
The decision to start the new school year with steady budgets, however, doesn’t mean schools are completely immune from cuts.
Officials struggle to reassure the public that planned staff reductions will help stabilize the district’s finances.
Students’ struggle to recover from pre-pandemic disruptions is also a cause for concern, the new report says.
The school aid budgets from both chambers would invest more heavily in helping students get back on track academically and mentally.
Another round of pandemic food benefits for NYC public school families, with at least $391 per child
‘We know that food insecurity prior to the pandemic was a major problem in New York City,’ one advocate said. ‘It’s only gotten exponentially worse since the pandemic, so any ongoing support is really essential.’
The latest enrollment figures hold major implications for school funding across the five boroughs.
Two-thirds of that cut, or about $650 million, is the result of Adams’ decision to reduce the city’s contribution to the education department.
Turnout for school events has been sparse, but a student concert packed our gym.
In its third year, the program will again have 110,000 spots and will be open to any child in New York City — but there are a couple changes to the application process.
5 questions with an education leader about the law’s rollout as high-stakes testing is set to begin
The education department’s spending per pupil has increased by 46%, in large part due to the billions in federal COVID aid the district received as enrollment has dipped.
The project involved counting up technology such as tablets, laptops, desktop computers, printers, and smartboards.
As online credit recovery programs continue to expand, experts raise concerns that a rise in high school graduation rates may not reflect student learning.
Parent coordinators propped up school communities during the pandemic. Many feel undervalued and underpaid.
The role of parent coordinator became more critical and stressful during the pandemic. But salaries for the job, which New York City schools created 20 years ago, have not kept pace.
Superintendent Nikolai Vitti says officials will host engagement sessions after spring break to share and explain their recommendations.
There might be more attention on this year’s state tests, following the spotlight on last year’s dip in national test scores.
In one significant change, students who are already attending one of the city’s hundreds of DYCD-run after-school programs will also receive priority for Summer Rising.
Train paraprofessionals and parents, carve out class time, and be wary of virtual programs.
The seismic shift that made devices more accessible to students than ever before has now pushed some teachers to fold technology more often into their lesson plans.
“There just becomes this hopelessness,” one clinician said. “They’re not incentivized to keep going to school, because it’s just too hard, and in fact they may never catch up.”
“The temperature has come down a little bit. But even if the outbursts aren’t quite as big as they were last year, they’re still there.”
Summer school to be scaled back, too, as the district prioritizes nurses, social workers and academic interventionists.
More teachers than usual left the classroom after last school year, confirming fears of a pandemic-fueled wave of departures.
The move could boost enrollment at CUNY’s undergraduate schools and programs as college enrollment remains below pre-pandemic levels.
Telehealth, suicide prevention, social media guardrails: NYC shares sweeping youth mental health plan
The needs are high as data shows worsening mental health among young people, including more students reporting thoughts of suicide.
With the majority of the school year now over, school districts haven’t been able to apply for the grant money due to a lengthy bureaucratic process.
More than three-quarters of third-graders could be held back, they warn.
The ballot question set for May would produce an estimated $11 million annually.
“This is about the overall well being of your state economy and your overall society,” one expert said. “If you can’t recruit and retain teachers, that is a serious, serious problem.”
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