A new working group launched by Council Member Lincoln Restler brings together student and staff representatives from nine schools in the area, along with police, school safety agents, and civic leaders to talk about how to make Downtown Brooklyn safer.
Families of students with disabilities have for years described an opaque and complex system that makes it difficult to obtain appropriate support for their kids.
The education department extended the deadline for middle and high school admissions to Dec. 5 after MySchools crashed the night before applications were due.
Shifting the application timeline to align with the general kindergarten admissions process is the latest in a series of reforms to the contentious gifted and talented program.
Most New York City high schools don’t have papers, and there are wide disparities in newspaper access across the city by race, geography, and poverty status.
As a result, more than $370 million in cuts this year to school budgets across the city will stand.
In October alone, there were nearly 14,500 school bus delays, lasting 41 minutes on average.
Just 17% of New York City schools were meeting the education department’s Computer Science for All equity goals of reaching girls, Latinos, and Black students, according to a recent report from NYU’s Research Alliance.
“For some students, going back to a building for a full day just didn’t feel like it was for them anymore,” the school’s principal said.
Most kids labeled as having an “emotional disability” and shunted into public special education schools are Black or Latino, and low income — while wealthier families more often access a taxpayer-funded free private education.
As of this fall, the city had planned to open 55,000 3-K seats, but 15,000 seats are currently unfilled.
The Manhattan charter school had 17 of its 54 staff members out sick as of Tuesday. COVID, RSV, and the flu affected many staffers, officials from the Washington Heights school said.
At the American Museum of Natural History, student field trips have increased markedly this school year compared to last year, but are still only about half of what they were before the pandemic.
Other districts could learn from what worked — and what didn’t — in Brooklyn’s District 15.
Sarah Slack, a science teacher at Brooklyn’s I.S. 223, won the prestigious Math for America Muller Award for her work on bolstering climate education across New York City.

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Suspensions have fallen 64% over the past decade, though troubling racial disparities remain.
Hochul has overseen significant developments in education, including boosting funding for schools and signing a bill that aims to limit class sizes in New York City schools.
As CUNY struggles with declining enrollment, a PCR testing system with no clear purpose has become an obstacle for faculty members and students — especially at community colleges.
Both candidates have received big donations from those who influence New York’s education world — helping to paint a clearer picture of who is hoping to have sway over school policy.
Overall, K-12 enrollment fell by about 15,000, or 1.8% this year — a significant drop but less than expected.
There are still many open questions about how both would approach policy for schools.
The proposals would require either new funding or significant cuts to some campuses, both of which would likely face political hurdles.
Schools Chancellor David Banks blamed problems with payments on the previous administration.
Facing a budget shortfall because of enrollment declines, Soundview Academy’s principal made an unusual request to students, staff and families: Would they help market the school?
Many subject-area teachers aren’t trained to identify signs of dyslexia.
Many of the students are asylum seekers who have arrived recently from South American countries.
The city will spend roughly $4 billion over the next seven years to retrofit the school buildings so they no longer burn fossil fuels for heating.
As we confront Holocaust denialism, resurgent antisemitism, and renewed debates about how the Holocaust is taught in schools, we must prioritize these learning opportunities.
Chalkbeat talked to educators and others in schools about the storm’s other lasting legacies — from strengthening bonds to creating community to efforts to improve safety.
Of the city’s 478 middle schools, 59 will select at least some portion of next year’s incoming sixth graders based on their fourth grade marks. That’s down from 196 before the pandemic.
The share of students who were homeless has largely not budged even as public school enrollment has dipped by 9.5% since the pandemic.
The schedule obtained by Chalkbeat reveals who had the chancellor’s ear as he began navigating his first job running a school system.
The mayor is backing a bill that would replace ‘Brooklyn-Queens Day’ with Diwali on the school calendar.
“Focus on selecting a school that is a good fit for your student and not whether it’s a ‘good school’ or not,” one expert said.
Educators have reported myriad challenges at the schools, including a shortage of Spanish-speaking staff.
Middle schools admissions screens existed at hundreds of schools before the pandemic, but were paused for the past two years.
Some of the city’s selective high schools became more diverse after admissions screens were reduced during the pandemic.
Chancellor Banks said students who work “really hard” should have priority access compared with “the child you have to throw water on their face to get them to go to school every day.”
Officials said the proposals will be reviewed by the chancellor and there will be opportunities for feedback by parent councils this winter.
As the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, Chalkbeat wants to hear from you about the lasting impact on your school community.
The mayor has vowed many times to Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh and Jain families that kids would get a day off from school to observe. So far, they’ve seen no light.
Education department budget directors last week warned some principals that they will likely have to pay back hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of a midyear budget adjustment.
Education department officials stressed that the community group partners in the $9 million initiative will offer far more than violence interruption.
Black trauma doesn’t have to be channeled into some inspiring lesson.