Many high school students struggled in the aftermath of COVID. This graduating senior found a talent for wrestling, teaching, and connecting with the classmates who wanted to give up.

Muchos estudiantes de high school atravesaron dificultades a consecuencia del COVID. Esta estudiante de último curso descubrió su don para la lucha, enseñar y para conectarse con los compañeros de clase que querían darse por vencidos.

The policy shift comes after some Manhattan parents lobbied Chancellor David Banks to impose geographic admissions preferences at high-demand local high schools.

Just 4.5% of offers at specialized high schols went to Black students and 7.6% to Latino students, a slight uptick from last year. About two-thirds of the city’s students are Black or Latino.

The bill bans schools from putting students in classrooms that are 88 degrees or hotter. The impact in NYC could be limited since schools have air conditioning.

The parent leaders were involved in high-profile controversies surrounding transgender students and the Israel-Hamas war.

Some school leaders are hoping the money can subsidize vape sensors to install in schools and additional substance abuse counselors.

The proposed actions follow a set of recommendations by the Blue Ribbon Commission and include ending a requirement that students pass state Regents exams to earn a diploma.

The list of schools that would offer the admissions bump hasn’t been finalized. But the campuses under consideration include Millennium, Beacon, Bard Early College and Eleanor Roosevelt High Schools.

For families across New York City, tens of millions of dollars in unused food benefits from the final installment of a pandemic-era program have already begun to expire.

Some students questioned the wisdom of testing the city’s remote learning platform during a scheduled day off.

One parent, worried about potential safety issues, also said her kids missed more than 30 days of gym because of early voting.

This episode of P.S. Weekly looks at funding drama for an arts program at a New York City school and the importance of swim lessons for water safety.

The funding will help keep school budgets afloat, restore hours that had been cut from the city’s popular summer school initiative, and stabilize a slew of other programs.

The theater production will run for one day only through a partnership between the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Hochul said smartphones should not be available to students during the school day, to help shield them from the potential harms of social media.

Preschool operators say the city policy limiting the shelter stays of migrant families to 60 days has had devastating effects on their families and programs.

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    This episode of P.S. Weekly looks at how NYC high schoolers have reacted to protests about the Israel-Hamas war and the student freedom of speech issues being raised.

    Families at The Brooklyn School of Inquiry have won a lengthy fight to avoid using Houghton Mifflin Harcourt’s reading program. Will other schools follow?

    Isaac Regnier, a Brooklyn seventh grader, is petitioning to make Dec. 23 a day off, arguing that attendance will be low.

    After a December exercise failed to prevent a remote day debacle in February, the city’s Education Department hopes the drill will demonstrate the systems’ ability to handle the load.

    Roughly 80% of teenagers using the program identify as Black, Latino, Asian-American or Native American, and almost 70% identified as female, according to the city data.

    The $2.5 million school tours program at the Museum of Jewish Heritage will allow students to learn more about the history of the Holocaust.

    This week’s episode of P.S. Weekly looks at teen mental health, following one family’s journey with therapy and looking at NYC’s new effort to expand free therapy to teens.

    Some city and state lawmakers say laundry services are critical for schools, but installing them can come with challenges.

    Students at a Washington Heights elementary school were frustrated with Eric Adams’ school food cuts. But their advocacy had a bigger impact than bringing back their favorite chicken dish.

    Mayor Eric Adams has insisted all families who want spots in the city’s preschool programs would receive them, despite budget cuts to early childhood education.

    Council members questioned officials as the looming expiration of federal COVID relief money threatens to shave $808 million from the Education Department’s budget.

    In P.S. Weekly’s food episode, fourth graders visit NYC schools’ test kitchen, high schoolers rate grilled cheese sandwiches, and students dish on having microwave access.

    If restorative justice funding is cut, advocates worry schools will increasingly resort to suspensions instead of alternatives like peer mediation.

    Under state law, schools must conduct at least four lockdown drills each year. Lawmakers and advocates say that’s “excessive and ineffective.”

    Before the pandemic, at least 137 schools serving roughly 70,000 students did not have a school nurse, according to one estimate.

    Spinning up a virtual learning program would be optional, and the plan does not force principals to choose any specific method for achieving the new caps.

    The protest was a sharp contrast to the congressional hearing earlier in the day that focused almost exclusively on the experiences of Jewish students and educators.

    ‘There have been unacceptable incidents of antisemitism in our schools,’ Banks told members of Congress. But he also defended the record of the nation’s largest school system.