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City officials have not yet shared what COVID safety measures will be in place next school year or what the city’s testing strategy might be.
Student enrollment has big implications for public schools, and declines can lead to less funding and school closures or mergers.
Stimulus dollars were previously not allowed to cover teacher salaries, but officials changed their tune amid a fight over budget cuts.
Chalkbeat created a lookup tool examining changes to Fair Student Funding, a major source of funding for schools.
New York City’s Class of 2022 returned to school full time after two disrupted years. Four graduating high school seniors told us about how they made it through.
Schools will see less money in new budget deal, but Mayor Eric Adams says they’re not cuts. Instead, he sees the funding as reflecting the decreased student population.
Starting June 13, children under 5 will no longer be required to wear masks.
As federal stimulus funding starts to wind down, school leaders are facing tough choices with declining budgets and enrollment.
The state began sending New York families $375 per child for food benefits, a retroactive move to cover meal costs from last summer.
Many organizations will face tough decisions about laying off staff and cutting back services that have been a cornerstone of the city’s much-lauded Community Schools program.
Anxiety, depression, and chronic absenteeism are on the rise as many students and parents struggle with school refusal after prolonged campus closures during COVID.
‘I believe that virtual learning is here to stay whether or not we have a pandemic’ schools Chancellor David Banks says.
About 57% of high school students are vaccinated, so the move will significantly increase the share of students who are eligible to attend.
Schools issued about 16% fewer suspension from July through December 2021 compared to the same period in 2019 before the pandemic hit.
Questions remain about how the city will spend the remainder of billions in federal COVID stimulus funding on New York City’s school system.
The investment will be spread over four years and could help to stabilize an industry shaken by COVID.
With the end of the school year approaching, NYC schools have spent just about half of this year’s COVID relief, according to a comptroller report.
The pandemic helped drive the state’s decision to scrap the requirement, and follows reforms in recent years to teacher certification in New York.
After Mayor Adams lifts vaccine mandate for athletes and performers, NYC teachers union asks about their workers
The move immediately brought backlash from labor unions, after Adams said the city is not currently considering changing rules for city workers.
The uptick comes as a new variant, B.A.2, spreads in New York, and mask mandates in schools have been lifted for most students.
“It’s difficult to argue that that’s the best use of money to keep an individual safe,” said Jay Varma, a top health advisor to former Mayor Bill de Blasio who designed the testing program.
To address pandemic’s emotional toll, NYC is paying parents to lead peer workshops on mental health and wellness
Parents in New York City schools’ “Family Healing Ambassadors” program are working to address mental health needs at their schools through workshops and peer-to-peer support.
The largest chunk — about $1.9 billion — will be for an expansion of the city’s pre-K program for 3-year-olds over the next several years.
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