Rise & Shine: For students with disabilities, a new report shows that just entering the schoolhouse door can be a challenge
Every year, principals in District 3 line up on an auditorium stage to answer questions about their schools in a kickoff to the middle school application season on the Upper West Side and Harlem. This fall, the district is trying something entirely different: Giving families face time with principals. It's just one of the ways parents and educators are hoping to make a new, controversial integration plan work and encourage parents to consider a wider range of schools for their children.
For many others in the city, however, school options are severely limited. A new report shows just how few campuses are accessible to students with disabilities. Even many schools that serve students with special needs aren't fully accessible.
Plus: The city's school bus woes could get worse before they get better. Workers have voted to authorize a strike.
GETTING TO KNOW YOU The first admissions cycle has kicked off since District 3 launched a middle school integration plan, and parents and educators there are hoping they can convince parents consider a wider range of schools for their children. Chalkbeat
BARRIERS TO ENTRY A new report shows that more than 80 percent of schools aren’t accessible to students with disabilities. Advocates say it will take $750 million to make a dent in the problem. New York Daily News
Chancellor Richard Carranza said more funding to make schools accessible to students with disabilities will be a “priority” in the city’s next capital plan. New York Daily News
STEAM MEETS CTE The city is planning to build a center in Brooklyn that gives students hands-on experience in fields related to science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math. Kings County Politics, News 12
SEEING GREEN Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams argues the city should pay sustainability coordinators so schools can dedicate more time and effort towards environmental causes. New York Times
CLASS IS YOUR OYSTER New York City students are using oyster shells donated from restaurants to strengthen coastlines here. NPR
ON THE COURT Arguments were heard in Success Academy’s lawsuit claiming the charter network doesn’t have to follow city standards to receive funding for pre-K. New York Law Journal
BUS STRIKE? School bus drivers have voted to authorize a strike, though bus company officials said the move could just be a negotiating tactic. New York Daily News