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Pre-K for All? NYC’s Universal Preschool Push Leaves Students With Disabilities Behind

The city’s preschool programming has poorly served many students with disabilities, according to an analysis of 2019-2020 city data released Thursday by Advocates for Children.

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City to Make It Easier for Siblings to Attend Same Middle School

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.

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COVID ‘Crisis Moment’ for Families With Children in NYC Pre-K and 3K Programs

Ten-day quarantines are forcing families to keep young kids home, causing chaos for those in need of child care — regardless of negative COVID test results.

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COVID Schools Crisis Tests Eric Adams in First Days as Mayor

School attendance plunged to 67% on the first day back to classes, as unvaccinated children fill hospital intensive care units.

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Special Education Tuition Hearings Shift to NYC Trials Agency in Push to Tackle Case Backlog

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How Eric Adams’ Inner Circle Stayed Tight Through Past Arrest and Divorce Mess

In 2013, then-NYPD Chief Philip Banks made an inquiry after cops arrested Sheena Wright for allegedly fighting with her estranged husband. Now Wright is Adams’ pick for deputy mayor, Banks is his criminal justice advisor, Banks’ brother is schools chancellor — and Wright’s domestic partner.

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Some NYC Schools Shift to Remote Learning Option as COVID Surges Again

School leaders are taking matters into their own hands to respond to positive cases and staffing shortages. Meanwhile, calls are rising to increase COVID testing within schools as absence rates grow.

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NYC Announces 2022-23 Admissions Policies for Middle and High Schools

De Blasio reverses plan to eliminate high school geographic priorities and zones, after families expressed concerns about potentially long commutes.

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NYC Expands Translation of Special Ed Plans for Parents Who Request Them

About 78,000 students with disabilities live in homes where English is not the primary language, according to city officials. Last school year, just over 7,000 individualized education programs were translated, the first year the process was available citywide.

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Queens Teacher Allowed Back to School After Report Details Alleged Grooming, Sex With Ex-Student

A longtime educator at Townsend Harris High School still showed up for work in the Flushing building even after investigators recommended he be fired, according to a report obtained by THE CITY.

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Families Probed for Child Neglect After Keeping Kids Out of School Over COVID Concerns

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.

NYC Special Education Complaint Backlog Grows — Even as Some Hearing Officers Twiddle Thumbs

State officials demand action as 9,400 cases remain unresolved while 30% of available hearing officers have no cases. Meanwhile, New York City children with disabilities go without crucial services amid the pandemic.

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Who Are NYPD’s New ‘Youth Coordination Officers’ Headed to Schools?

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NYC Delays its Massive Academic Recovery Program for Students with Disabilities

The nearly quarter billion-dollar effort to help special education students catch-up after more than 1 ½ years of pandemic disruptions gets pushed off to December — taking parents by surprise and causing added turmoil well into the 2021-2022 school year.

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NYC Children Get Vaccinated at School Amid Both Relief and Frustrating Waits

Kids, ages 5 to 11, started getting their shots, though demand outpaced supply at some schools and lines wrapped around the block at others. Parents got $100 gift cards after their children received the first-come, first-served shots.

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NYC Kids Can Get $100 for COVID Vaccine Shots at Elementary Schools

Following the recent federal emergency approval of the Pfizer vaccine for children ages 5 to 11, city officials are setting up one-day vaccine clinics at more than 1,000 school sites across the city that serve these students.

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Push to Make Diwali a NYC Public School Holiday is Starting to See Some Light

Mayor-elect Eric Adams has vowed to give a public school day off for the festival of lights, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney is proposing a national holiday. But this year, Diwali falls on a parents-teacher conference day for hundreds of thousands of students.

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NYC School Enrollment Down by 64,000 Since Pandemic Started

Roughly 938,000 students are enrolled in New York City’s public schools — down 6.4% compared with the 2019-2020 school year. Meanwhile, charter school enrollment is up.

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NYC Adding More Metal Detectors and Police to Public Schools

After a spate of incidents involving students allegedly bringing guns into school buildings, Mayor Bill de Blasio is deploying additional metal detectors to campuses and extra police officers.

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All NYC School Families Can Get $600 a Year for Internet — But Few Know It

Some $2.5 billion in national pandemic emergency funding remains untapped for discounted online service and devices like iPads. Meanwhile, nearly one-fifth of New York City students lack home and mobile broadband.