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January 4, 2018
Once rare, snow days have become more common under New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Mayor Bill de Blasio has declared five snow days during his four years in office -- as many as his predecessor ordered over 12 years.
February 9, 2017
No snow day for Success Academy — and parents and educators aren’t having it
Meanwhile, the city closed traditional district schools nearly 12 hours before the snow started falling.
a matter of time
March 30, 2016
Snow days: Children cheer, some parents jeer and schools make tough decisions about lost class time
With an unusually high number of snow days in some Front Range districts this year, administrators are grappling with how to make up for lost instruction.
February 13, 2014
De Blasio defends controversial decision to keep schools open during storm
De Blasio says the right call was made, but Fariña acknowledges that the early timing of announcements might not always be the best approach.
February 13, 2014
Before storm, Fariña talks special education and snow days at PEP meeting
Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña defended her snow day decision-making at a public meeting Wednesday evening, shortly before announcing that schools would remain open Thursday despite heavy snowfall.
February 5, 2014
What NYC educators and families said about today’s snaux day
[View the story “New York City’s Feb. 5 snaux day through social media” on Storify]…
between the lines
February 5, 2014
What snow day policy tells us about the de Blasio administration's educational philosophy
Asked why the city had decided to keep schools open today while also warning against unnecessary travel, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña offered a vision of schools as tools for social welfare. They also said that parents, whom they have said they want to involve heavily in the school system, should be free to decide whether to send their children to school on snowy days.
January 22, 2014
School was on, but half of students took a snow day
With a foot of snow on the ground in some parts of the city and temperatures in the single digits, only about 47 percent of students came to class today, according to Department of Education data.
January 27, 2011
State to allow some students to substitute grades for Regents
City high school seniors who needed to take a Regents exam to graduate this month with a local diploma will not need to reschedule the test, state education officials announced today. Instead, those students will be able to use passing course grades to fulfill their graduation requirements. Students are normally required to take five Regents exams to graduate. Students must score above a 55 for the test to be counted towards a local diploma; for the more rigorous Regents diploma, they must reach the 65 mark. Seniors who want to earn a Regents diploma must wait to re-take the exams in June, the next time they are offered. The January tests that would have been given today will not be re-administered. This raises the stakes for some seniors who plan to graduate in June by reducing the number of opportunities they have to pass the exam this year. State Education Commissioner David Steiner encouraged students to wait and sit for the exams later in the year. "We hold a Regents Diploma as the goal for all," he said in a statement. "However, this is the fairest course of action for the seniors affected this week." City and state officials spent the day discussing how to accommodate students who needed to take exams today to graduate as planned. “We are pleased the State took this step that will alow those seniors with sufficient credits and coursework to graduate this month," Chancellor Cathie Black said in a statement. "However, we fully understand how disappointing it must be to all of those students who studied so hard for their Regents exams, and for the teachers and parents who worked with them.” City officials estimated that between 400 and 500 students would benefit from the state's decision. Last year, just under 3,500 students graduated between January and May. Of those students, roughly 400 used the winter Regents exams to fulfill graduation requirements.
January 27, 2011
Tell us what the blizzard snowed out at your school today
Three Brooklyn students — from left to right, 7-year-olds Olivia and Jai and 9-year-old Isabella — used their snow day to build a snow…
January 27, 2011
Snow day disrupts Regents exams; city in talks with state
A big question mark hanging over today's snow closure is what will happen to the high school students who were supposed to take Regents exams this morning. Students are required to take the exams to graduate, and today's test date was particularly important for some students hoping to graduate this month. City officials said today that schools ordered nearly 100,000 exams in six subjects, though frequently the number of tests ordered is larger than the number of students who sit for them. No one seems to know yet exactly when those students will get a chance to take their exams. A GothamSchools reader told us that she spent 45 minutes waiting on 311, the city's information hotline, this morning, before being told only that today's administration had been canceled. "We are in discussion with state education officials about finding a solution for students who were unable to take the Regents exams scheduled for today," Mayor Bloomberg said during a press conference to discuss the surprise storm. "This is not a problem only for New York City. There are other cities in the southern part of the state that have exactly the same problem." A Department of Education spokesman said the city hoped to finalize arrangements with the state today. State policy is typically not to administer make-up Regents exams.
January 12, 2011
More than half of city students make the call: it's a snow day
More than half of New York City's public school students didn't come to school today after Chancellor Cathie Black decided to keep schools open after a snowstorm. Although most roads were plowed after nine inches of snow fell overnight, the Department of Education's attendance figures show that only 46 percent of students came to class today. Students in elementary school had the highest turnout — about 50 percent of them showed up — but older students pulled the citywide average down. Only 47 percent of middle schoolers and 37 percent of high schoolers came to school today. These numbers correspond to what we've been hearing anecdotally from teachers, who reported class sizes cut down by two-thirds or more. "You can't teach a real class with 30% to 50% of your students, so, what exactly was the point of this?" wrote one teacher in the comments section. Another said:
March 2, 2009
Some commutes had already begun when city called snow day
A Brooklyn road this morning. Schools Chancellor Joel Klein made the official decision to close the New York City schools this morning, at 20 minutes…
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