Richard Carranza

Meisha Ross Porter will become the first Black woman to lead the nation’s largest school system.
“We do not want to impose additional trauma on students that have already been traumatized,” the chancellor said.
In a major shift for the nation’s largest public school system, de Blasio said the city will no longer use a percentage positivity rate to shutter buildings across the five boroughs.
About 100,000 school age children live in households without internet, Stringer estimates.
City touts restorative practices, but acknowledges ‘work to do’ as racial disparities persist.
With fewer students than expected in school buildings, those who remain could get more days of in-person classes.
Thursday marked a significant milestone: the first time that all 1,600 district schools opened their doors to students since March, when the coronavirus brought routines to a screeching halt.
Meanwhile, device-less students are using cell phones, devices with cracked screens, borrowing what they can from relatives or resorting to paper packets, they said.
Department leaders, principals, teachers, and parents are still scrambling to figure out what schooling during a pandemic will look like.
Calling for a strike ratchets up pressure on Mayor Bill de Blasio to delay the scheduled return to in-person instruction on Sept. 10.
Many school leaders and teachers feel that the mayor has not given them the guidance and resources to make a safe return feasible.
Carranza’s comments came during an hourslong public meeting, during which dozens of New Yorkers pleaded with the city’s education department to delay its plans to reopen school buildings on Sept. 10.
School leaders from District 6, which includes Inwood and Washington Heights, are asking Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza for more time for logistical planning.
Schools will soon begin letting families know which days their children will attend in person.
Thursday’s announcement addressed just one concern of the unions representing teachers and principals, which have pushed back strongly on the city’s school reopening plans.
A Sept. 10 school opening ignores “dire warnings” from principals, says the head of the principals union.
The numbers reflected the vast desire to be back in school buildings, de Blasio said. But families can switch to remote-only learning at any time during the school year.
City officials say school leaders wanted control over devices. But principals say they are concerned about their budgets.
Shortfalls mean pausing a popular school supplies program and reducing wraparound services.
City officials say both scenarios are untenable, and New York has joined a multi-state lawsuit arguing these options should be thrown out.
If the city’s infection rate surges past 9% later in August or after the school year starts, schools will be forced to close.
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