Leadership & Management

City officials ordered schools to shelter in place last Friday, but no one told principals.
An education department spokesperson said the agency communicated through a press conference and social media. But no one communicated directly to principals.
The chancellor largely stuck to ideas he’s emphasized during his 20 months as chief. Chalkbeat wants to hear your thoughts on what he should prioritize.
The principal at Francis Lewis High School said one student was responsible for the accounts.
The New York Civil Liberties Union said the policy is unconstitutional, but education department officials defended it.
NYC officials announced a budget agreement that restores funding to a slew of programs that were on the chopping block.
The battle comes four years after the city boosted teacher pay in community-based programs to match their public-school counterparts.
The changes mean that there will be 178 instructional days for students on the calendar down from the original 182.
The public health crisis paused state testing, impacting how the state typically evaluates schools.
The group, which favors screened school admissions, endorsed 147 candidates across the city’s 32 local school district council seats, with 115 of them winning their races.
New York City’s College Choice program attempts to set up a stable future for students in foster care, who might otherwise be unable to pay for college or incur student loan debt, even with federal and state grants.
The tentative deal with the United Federation of Teachers includes annual wage increases between 3% to 3.5% over five years. It follows the pattern of raises set by District Council 37.
The new document updates guidance from 2015, providing information about newer state laws barring student discrimination based on gender identity.
Officials have said little about their plans for Friday, though, when high school students are scheduled to return to their campuses.
Programs have long struggled to provide all children with the services they need, as they are legally required to do.
The first day of school is Sept. 7. Spring holidays are spread out next year, with a day off for Good Friday on March 29 and for Eid al-Fitr on April 10, and with a week off for spring break, coinciding with Passover, starting April 22.
Nearly half of NYC’s school districts are mandating their elementary schools use a single reading program come September.
Also known as the “festival of lights,” Diwali is observed by Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, and some Buddhists as a celebration of light over darkness and good over evil.
With just a month until the school year ends, families are scrambling to find alternate summer programs for their children.
The decision to start the new school year with steady budgets, however, doesn’t mean schools are completely immune from cuts.
The first day of school is typically the Thursday after Labor Day, but families want confirmation. Other districts finalized their calendars by March.
Suspensions are also up 6% compared with the same period in 2019, just before the pandemic hit.
For future school years, education department officials are bracing for some big expenses to comply with the law.
Mayor Eric Adams has proposed ending Promise NYC, which has provided free child care to 600 undocumented immigrant children.
To house the influx of migrants, New York City might tap up to 20 gyms in public schools to use as shelters, Mayor Eric Adams said Tuesday. Tensions are rising over the plans.
Balanced literacy and word guessing are out. Phonics, science, and social studies are in.
City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams blasted the mayor’s approach to early childhood education, describing the system as “broken” and “in full crisis mode.
In the next two years, all NYC elementary schools will be required to overhaul literacy instruction.
As the city expects another wave of newcomer immigrant families, educators are worried it will become even more challenging to support English learners.
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