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All Young Students Will Get Literacy Screening This School Year. Then What?

Educators hope sizing up reading skills for nearly 200,000 K-2 students will help catch those who need extra help. Yet many reasons why kids fall behind early persist.

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NYC College Neighborhood Businesses Eagerly Await Return of Students

New York City is a college town. And many businesses in university-adjacent neighborhoods count on student and faculty dollars. Will they get the in-person returns they need this fall to boost their bottom lines?

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Schools’ COVID Safety Plan Has Less Testing, Remote Learning for Quarantined Kids

With less than three weeks remaining before schools reopen for a million students, New York City officials on Thursday revealed a suite of safety protocols including coronavirus testing and classroom closure policies.

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School Policing Questioned as Students Return to Classrooms Amid Pandemic Stress and Security Revamp

The restarting of fully in-person classes means a comeback for thousands of school safety agents alongside a million students to city public schools in less than a month. That’s reignited a raging debate over what role cops should have in classrooms.

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NYC Loses Jobs as Pandemic Recession Takes Growing Toll on Workers of Color

The city shed 14,000 positions last month while the rest of the country saw its strongest employment growth in a year. Meanwhile, the increasing challenges facing Black and Latino New Yorkers underscore structural inequities, a new study found.

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Questions on Classroom Purifiers Fill the Air Ahead of School Opening

New York City spent $40 million on air purifiers. Some experts say taxpayers could have gotten more for the money.

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How Cuomo Influenced New York Schools, From COVID to ‘Free College’

In over a decade in office, the outgoing governor clashed with Mayor Bill de Blasio, revealed an aggressive reform agenda only to pull back in the face of backlash — and resisted massive increases in education spending only to relent.

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Cuomo’s Triumphs and Unfinished Business as He Quits Under a Cloud

The governor arrived in office in 2011 with an agenda aimed at bolstering New York State. Some of his promises — from marriage equality to minimum wage to supportive housing and more — came to fruition, while others remain outstanding.

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CUNY Insider Sounds Battle Call on Tight Public University Budget

The $26 million in restored state aid to NYC’s public colleges — along with a recent tuition freeze — only "keeps us treading water," warns Trustee Henry Berger. He’s calling for an "organized campaign" to fight for funding, saying it’s time to "yell."

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De Blasio Keeps Mask Rules for New York City Schools Despite CDC Changes

New York City schools will stick with universal masking for now, despite new federal guidance that OKs ditching face coverings for vaccinated students and teachers, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday.

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Deadline for 9/11 Fund Renews Push to Register All, Not Just First Responders

July 29 is the last day to register with the Sept. 11 Victim Compensation Fund for two key groups: those with pre-certified illnesses from the attack, and those filing on behalf of people who died before 2019.

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CUNY Community College Students Need Help Covering Big Costs to Get Back to Class, Study Says

The Center for an Urban Future finds most two-year school students drop out before getting their degrees. A program called ASAP that helps them across the finish line is facing city budget cuts as New York emerges from the pandemic.

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Will NYC’s Mayoral Wannabes Listen to Young New Yorkers?

The pandemic and last year’s racial justice protests ignited increased youth interest in local politics. Whether or not they can vote, young New Yorkers want their priorities heard this election season.

School-Based Vaccine Program Kicks Off This Week in Bronx, de Blasio Announces

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NYC’s School Algorithms Cement Segregation. This Data Shows How

New numbers show how many students are locked out by the system

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No More Remote Classes Next School Year: What You Need to Know

Will there be testing? Can teachers still get exemptions? What about social distancing in classrooms? Here’s the latest from Mayor de Blasio, who announced the major change on MSNBC’s "Morning Joe."

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Smaller Classes, Flexible Schedules, Remote Meetings: Some NYC Families Hope for a New ‘Normal’ Next School Year

Questions are piling up about what the next school should look like in New York City, as infection rates tumble and the vaccination rate grows.

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Mayoral Candidates Take Tricky School Reopening Test. Is Anyone Passing?

Andrew Yang seeks to gain support by siding with families demanding a full return to school buildings, but hasn’t cemented a plan. Many rivals — and union leaders — say remote learning will still be necessary for some.

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Civics Education Could Offer New Path to New York High School Graduation

State education officials are proposing a "seal of civic readiness" that could count toward one of the required five Regents exams students must take to graduate. The idea: to bolster civic education and readiness among students.

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Bill Cosby Stars in Brooklyn High School Teacher’s Panned Comedy Lesson

Parents of teens who took a remote class on the convicted sex offender are furious and say an assistant principal dismissed concerns. The teacher defended extolling the disgraced entertainer’s brand of "clean" comedy.