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Students at NYC’s Largest School for ‘Newcomers’ Push for Name Change

The name of New York City’s largest public school for immigrant students succinctly describes who it serves: Newcomers High School. The school, located near a cluster of newly opened homeless shelters in Long Island City, Queens, has lived up to its name, enrolling perhaps more migrant students over the past two school years than any […]

Posted inLabor

As Israel-Gaza Activism Flares Up, NYC Labor Unions Struggle to Stay on the Sidelines

After a raucous group of students at Hillcrest High School charged at a teacher who’d been spotted on social media holding a sign reading “I Stand With Israel,” Schools Chancellor David Banks visited the Queens campus to meet with students and counter reports about the motives of those who protested while waving Palestinian flags. “This […]

Posted inQueens

Principal ‘Covered Up’ After Second Grader Brought Knife to Target Classmate, Say Parents

Parents are calling for the ouster of the controversial principal of P.S. 398 in Queens, who did not inform them on the day that a student brought a kitchen knife to school and told other kids he intended to use it at lunchtime to attack a fellow second-grader he may have considered a romantic rival. […]

Posted inPublic Schools

Participation in Parent Conferences Has Plunged 40% Since COVID Remote Meetings Began

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat. Sign up for their newsletters at Remote parent-teacher conferences, a holdover from the height of the pandemic, continue to elicit mixed feelings among families and educators alike. For some parents, these virtual meetings — which were enshrined in the most recent teachers union contract — have been a boon. They can Zoom […]

Posted inWeather

‘We Can Do Better’: Schools Chief Acknowledges Flawed Flood Communication

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat. Sign up for their newsletters at New York City botched its communication to schools in response to last week’s record rainfall, Chancellor David Banks acknowledged on Tuesday. He vowed to conduct a review of what went wrong.  Hours after the school day began last Friday, Mayor Eric Adams and Banks […]