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October 29, 2019
I’m a social worker in Chicago schools. I’m excited about getting new colleagues but see much more that needs to change.
Working with Chicago Public Schools requires social workers to forfeit control and agency and be willing to take on ethical dilemmas, a school social worker writes.
September 24, 2019
Deep breaths and ‘brain breaks’: How extra funds for mental health are transforming one Aurora school
Districtwide, Aurora has used new local tax money to hire more than 70 mental health staff members, including social workers, psychologists, and counselors.
June 14, 2019
NYC leaders say a new budget puts them on the ‘path’ to closing the pre-K pay gap. But it’s not a done deal.
De Blasio said the budget “promises to create a pathway” to comparable salaries but offered no specific details, citing ongoing labor negotiations.
behind the budget
May 20, 2019
‘Unacceptable’: NYC Council presses Carranza on budget priorities in hearing
“This is a deeply disappointing and unacceptable budget for the council,” said Councilman Mark Treyger, who chairs the council’s education committee.
March 6, 2019
One Sheridan school increased teacher retention and decreased students ‘falling through the cracks’ by adding mental health professionals
As state and national policy makers look at ways to increase mental health supports in schools, staff at Fort Logan Northgate say the benefits are worth the investment.
February 27, 2019
Homelessness crisis exacts an especially high price on New York City’s youngest students, report finds
The scourge of student homelessness in New York City, already at record levels, is increasingly falling on the smallest shoulders.
June 12, 2018
City budget includes influx for school accessibility, social workers for homeless students
This week’s agreement includes more funding for some of the city’s most vulnerable students.
call for help
October 27, 2017
Some Bronx students in crisis more likely to be sent to the hospital than a school social worker, advocates say
On a recent visit to a Bronx emergency room, Dejohn Jones witnessed something shocking: a young child who had apparently been removed from his school,…
October 4, 2012
For the first time, guidance counselors join ATR rotation system
Most teachers without permanent positions are looking forward to a greater chance of stability after the city and teachers union last month agreed to place them in long-term substitute slots before rotating them to different schools weekly, as happened last year. But the 300 guidance counselors and social workers in the Absent Teacher Reserve are gearing up to begin cycling from school to school for the first time. Last year, even as other members of the ATR pool, the group of educators whose positions have been eliminated, began the rotation system, the counselors were assigned to a single school so they could work with individual students for extended periods of time. But starting next week, they will be assigned to different schools each week, dramatically changing their roles and responsibilities. Instead of working with students one on one, the counselors will take on shorter-term tasks, city officials said. The tasks could include making classroom presentations on graduation requirements, conflict management, and the college or high school application process; organizing records; supporting the school's college counselors; and reviewing student schedules at the start of the semester. Coming at a time when many schools have trimmed support services because of budget cuts, the change has some educators and researchers raising their eyebrows.
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