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chasing a diploma
August 21, 2019
To get a high school equivalency diploma, NYC forces students to give up special education services
“If you don’t have this degree there are very few options for you.”
August 14, 2019
Top city lawmakers say NYC should test entire schools for lead paint — not just classrooms
The city does not inspect cafeterias, art rooms, gymnasiums, and certain rooms where students with disabilities get extra help.
August 5, 2019
Here’s what NYC officials are telling parents after revealing nearly 1,000 classrooms have peeling lead paint
“We are sparing no effort to ensure that wherever there may be potential exposure, it is immediately remediated,” officials wrote in an unsigned and undated letter.
August 1, 2019
Parents say they feel left in the dark after NYC reveals over 900 classrooms have lead paint contamination
“We shouldn’t be finding out through an article. They should be reaching out to parents.”
July 30, 2019
Are NYC schools underreporting suspensions? A new report suggests it’s possible.
Nearly 57% of NYC teachers believe underreporting by school administrators is at least somewhat responsible for the decline in out-of-school suspensions.
July 24, 2019
NYC ditched its school turnaround program months ago. Principals are still wondering what comes next.
Interviews with principals across the city suggest schools lack precise details about what type of support they will receive, creating uncertainty for the coming school.
July 14, 2019
NYC parents march for disability pride to bring ‘a face to the journey’
As they marched from Madison Square Park to Union Square, Chalkbeat caught up with parents, teachers, and students to ask what disability pride means to them.
back and forth
July 9, 2019
NYC vows to address special education failures detailed in state review. But will their reforms go far enough?
“These children only have one shot at education; whether we get it right or wrong today impacts their life chances."
July 3, 2019
NYC children out of school for summer struggle to access free meals — as food, federal dollars go to waste
The city’s free summer meals program is designed to combat child hunger when school is out of session, but limited outreach is causing meals to go unclaimed.
July 1, 2019
What NYC’s departing instructional guru learned overseeing the nation’s largest school system
Weinberg officially stepped down from the job last week, capping off his 35-year career in the city’s public school system.
June 28, 2019
These 5 hearings are your chance to weigh in on proposed changes to NYC’s student discipline code
Members of the public will have a chance to weigh in at five hearings, one in each borough, staggered through mid-July.
the tenure track
June 27, 2019
NYC teacher tenure rates continue to rise under Mayor Bill de Blasio
Under de Blasio, teachers have been more likely to win tenure as soon as they are eligible.
getting to graduation
June 26, 2019
At James Baldwin, an alternative NYC high school, fresh starts lead to a diploma
“At Baldwin, you could come to school in your pajamas, and as long as you do your work, no one will bother you."
June 20, 2019
‘It’s about time’: New York City students respond to new rules for school safety officers and curbs on harsh discipline
NYC students welcome new agreement between the city education and police departments, rolling back zero-tolerance discipline policies in schools.
Politics & Policy
June 20, 2019
NYC to curb suspensions longer than 20 days, a major victory for discipline reform advocates
“This is a moment of change,” Mayor de Blasio said.
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