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Recent articles by Alex:

In response to coronavirus, this Harvard sophomore created a free tutoring service for low-income NYC students

Since March, the organization has recruited about 850 college students who have signed up to provide free tutoring to over 700 students in grades K-12 across the city. → Read More

In a jump, 18% of NYC students will need summer school to be ready for the fall, officials say

City estimates released Tuesday show that almost 178,000 students — or nearly 18% of the district’s enrollment — are projected to be in summer classes that will be offered remotely starting in July. → Read More

39,000 NYC students with disabilities attend school year-round. Their parents are bracing for the summer.

As the chances of reopening school buildings over the summer appear slim, parents are worried that continuing remote education could be disastrous for students with complex disabilities. → Read More

Suspensions plummet 20% in NYC schools during the first half of the school year

Suspensions have declined by over 50% since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office. → Read More

‘We are at the bone’: Carranza warns that NYC schools have little left to slash as state budget cuts loom

"Students are going to feel bigger class sizes, students are going to feel the reduction in services, the reduction in enrichment activities," Carranza said. → Read More

74 NYC education department employees have been killed by the coronavirus

The tally, spanning March 16 through May 8, represents an increase of three deaths since last week. → Read More

‘How can you move back on a waiting list?’: NYC’s high school admissions tweaks spark confusion

Students vying for the city’s most coveted schools are discovering that their position on high school waitlists can worsen over time, a situation that has come as a surprise to some families. → Read More

NYC allows Zoom (once again) for remote learning

The news will likely come as a relief to many educators who had expressed frustration when the education department abruptly banned its use on April 3 — just as they were getting more comfortable with teaching online. → Read More

Coronavirus death toll at NYC’s education department rises to 72, with Brooklyn schools hardest hit

For the first time, officials revealed which boroughs have seen the most fatalities of school-based staff. → Read More

It’s official: NYC relaxes grading policies in wake of massive shift to remote learning

The new policy takes into account that students may be experiencing trauma and have difficulties accessing online learning, the mayor said. → Read More

Coronavirus death toll for NYC’s education department reaches 68

The deaths represent the growing toll of the virus on the education department’s 150,000 employees and have left school communities grieving for staff members who will not return when schools reopen their doors. → Read More

Success Academy, NYC’s largest charter network, will continue grading students during coronavirus pandemic

"We believe it would be an abdication of our responsibility to treat grades like candy and to have no standards for ourselves or your children," Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz wrote in a letter to families on Monday. → Read More

5 weeks into online learning, NYC is still racing to get thousands of devices to students

Five weeks after New York City moved to remote learning, 19,000 students who requested devices still don’t have them. The education department has pledged to deliver them by the end of the month. D... → Read More

Some school districts have launched ‘no harm’ grading policies. Will NYC follow?

Christine Madhere recently got a surprising notification. Though her daughter is typically a strong student, her grade in English class slipped to a D after she failed to submit reading logs about... → Read More

Coronavirus death toll for NYC education department climbs to 63

Paraprofessionals, who are much more likely to be black or Hispanic than traditional classroom teachers and earn significantly less money, have been the hardest hit. → Read More

NYC school budgets take a hit as de Blasio proposes $827 million in education cuts

Under de Blasio’s proposal, cuts and savings would shrink the education department’s budget by 3% next fiscal year. → Read More

As de Blasio reduces NYC education spending, some schools may see bigger cuts than others

“We’re going to ask them to help and sacrifice and cut back some so that we can get through this together,” the mayor said, adding that he wants “maximum equality.” → Read More

NYC limits school spending to remote learning and other coronavirus expenses

Union officials and some principals said it’s unclear what counts as coronavirus-related spending and were concerned about the lack of flexibility over school budgets. → Read More

De Blasio, Cuomo remain at odds over decision to keep schools closed for rest of school year

The conflicting comments from city and state leaders will likely stoke confusion in the nation’s largest school system. → Read More

NYC gives the OK to shrink special education services amid coronavirus upheaval

The launch of new learning plans for students with disabilities raises questions about whether parents are being sufficiently included in the process, or even understand how their children’s special education services could change. → Read More