Amy Zimmer

Chalkbeat
Many parents and educators have urged return to instruction matching sounds to letters to teach kids to read, a move Mayor Eric Adams says will especially help kids with dyslexia and other learning challenges.
Though dogs have been in some city public schools since 2016, their roles in the classroom have been evolving, and training them — and their humans — is an ongoing process
Here’s what NYC school students had to say about mask mandates, in their own words.
The Department of Education policy affects roughly 9,000 out of about 80,000 fifth graders who have siblings in the same grade or sixth grade.
The impact of child welfare investigations on already traumatized families can be severe: charges stay on records for decades and may affect future job prospects. Parents say they are trying their best to keep their kids safe and educated.
Hundreds, if not thousands of guards could come off the payroll for refusing to get their shots — putting student safety in jeopardy, principals say. Meanwhile, 10,000 teachers have yet to upload proof of vaccination, according to education officials.
As the vaccine mandate for New York City teachers is set to take effect next week, schools are bracing for this Tuesday when thousands of educators might be barred from their classrooms.
Big changes come after just one week of school as de Blasio announces new measures designed to keep more kids in class. But entire elementary school classrooms may still have to quarantine if a teacher tests positive.
Major questions remain around COVID prevention, academic recovery, mental health services — and the basics of teaching and learning — as all New York City schoolchildren head back to buildings for the first time since March 2020.