David Banks

Addressing student mental health is a growing concern, as many students experienced trauma during the pandemic. Banks hasn’t yet unveiled a detailed plan for tackling the issue.
State lawmakers required the panel to grow from 15 to 23 members, in hopes of bringing more parent voices to the body.
The wide-ranging conversation touched on the definition of diversity in a multiracial and multiethnic school system, and how to incorporate the views of parents when their opinions and platforms vary so widely.
David Banks vowed to ‘raise the issue’ with the health department.
Mayor Eric Adams plans to open 800 new special education seats for New York City’s for 3- and 4-year-old children by this spring. Hundreds of kids have been waiting to get into programs that meet their needs.
For New York City’s nearly 30,000 students in shelters, getting to school is often a problem. Advocates are calling for an inter-agency task force focused on reducing chronic absenteeism among homeless kids.
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.
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.
As of this fall, the city had planned to open 55,000 3-K seats, but 15,000 seats are currently unfilled.
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.
There are still many open questions about how both would approach policy for schools.
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?
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.
Educators have reported myriad challenges at the schools, including a shortage of Spanish-speaking staff.
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.”
The scores are the first measure of how students across the five boroughs have fared in reading and math since the coronavirus pandemic.
As Mayor Eric Adams stares down a massive budget shortfall, New York City has no clear plans to sustain its growing 3-K program.
Schools Chancellor David Banks’ comments prompted multiple City Council members to grill officials about the department’s plans on Wednesday.
The lack of communication about the new plan has sowed confusion and concern among staff and preschool providers.
About 3,000 students at 59 schools — generally rising juniors and seniors — will be selected by employers for apprenticeships paying from $15 to $25 an hour.
Staffers will be moved “to more effectively support schools in coordination with district superintendents,” the department says.
At least 1,000 new students are expected to enroll in district schools, including preschool-aged children.
“All this money that is meant for the kids in our public schools are going to private schools,” Chancellor Banks said. “Folks have figured out how to game this system.”
Student enrollment has big implications for public schools, and declines can lead to less funding and school closures or mergers.
A judge said the city did not follow proper rules when it approved the budget, paving the way for restoring hundreds of millions in cuts to schools.
Stimulus dollars were previously not allowed to cover teacher salaries, but officials changed their tune amid a fight over budget cuts.
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