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Rise & Shine: New tool aims to solve mispronunciations of names in the classroom

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On Tuesday, voters passed a referendum for something many New York City parents probably haven’t heard of: participatory budgeting.

It allows communities — parents and students included — to choose which projects are completed in their neighborhoods, using city funds. Through a formal process, projects are chosen, voted on and implemented, using at least $1 million that a city council member can choose to dedicate.

And, as Christina found, some have even started using the process to boost up their public schools.


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PART OF THE PROCESS Participatory budgeting may not be well-known, but for some communities, it’s critical in securing key improvements in their neighborhoods and even at their public schools.

Voters passed a referendum Tuesday over participatory budgeting, which allows residents to dream up proposals and vote on a project that is anchored by city money. Parents who have already used the process describe it as indispensable.

“There’s no single source of money I can think of that would replace that amount,” one parent told Christina.  “It’s allowed us to do projects I never thought would be possible.” Chalkbeat

GET IT RIGHT Columbia University is launching a tool to prevent the mispronunciation of names in the classroom. Experts say that fudging up names can hurt a student’s academic performance, and getting them right is critical to their success. It reveals the daily struggles many immigrant children face in the classroom. WNYC

POSTMORTEM We know — Tuesday brought a lot of election news, maybe too much to digest.

If you missed out on what the midterms meant for education across the nation, we have you covered. Take a look at our national newsletter round-up, which breaks down results across the nation, including a failed ballot initiative over school vouchers in Arizona, and a teacher heading to Washington.

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