Gary Stern, The Journal News

Gary Stern

The Journal News

White Plains, NY, United States

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Past articles by Gary:

New York's 4th-graders hit hard by pandemic learning loss, comptroller says

The New York State Comptroller highlighted NAEP data, calling attention to how New York is spending pandemic relief money to address learning loss. → Read More

Mount Vernon schools chief reassigned as feds investigate grant giving

Waveline Bennett-Conroy became superintendent last year, saying she had earned the trust of the Mount Vernon school community. → Read More

Mount Vernon schools, superintendent face federal investigation over grants

The Mount Vernon district awarded $8.5 million in federal grants over several years to a single agency to provide a wide range of services. → Read More

New White Plains DMV to finally open at The Source shopping complex

The old DMV was located at the White Plains Mall, which was demolished to make way for apartments and retail. → Read More

A massive rescue operation sought a downed plane: What to know

Rescuers initially feared the plane that crashed near Westchester airport had landed in Rye Lake, which would have been a more dangerous operation. → Read More

Bedford schools blundered response to lewd photos of special needs student, review finds

No one at Fox Lane High School took control of an investigation that private photos of special education students were taken, a review found. → Read More

State looking into Mount Vernon school contracts; district hires 'independent' audit firm

At issue in Mount Vernon are about 50 grants worth more than $8M that have been awarded to a single company for a wide array of services. → Read More

Yonkers schools told to stop 'threatening' union members. What happened?

According to a state decision, a Yonkers principal did not like union members going around her to voice concerns to a union vice president. → Read More

Pro-cop or anti-BLM? 'Thin Blue Line' flag in Irvington raises another community conflict

The Irvington superintendent criticized the football team's carrying of a controversial flag. But he concluded the team's intentions were honorable. → Read More

Rethinking Regents exams: These 10 area educators will help change NY graduation standards

At a regional meeting in Harrison in early 2020, many educators said it was past time to consider new ways to measure student achievement. → Read More

NY rules for reviewing private school academics may be approved Monday. Here's how it would work

Critics oppose New York's efforts to enforce a century-old law, saying public school officials should not review private schools' academic offerings. → Read More

'Be unstoppable': Without COVID rules, school feels like school again

Schools must still contend with fallout from the pandemic. But students, parents and educators were relieved to move on without COVID restrictions. → Read More

'Their country is under attack': Two Yonkers teachers return from working with Ukrainian refugees

Two Yonkers teachers with extensive humanitarian experience joined a 15-teacher delegation sent to work with Ukrainian and Polish students in Poland. → Read More

Iona changes its name and graduates from college to university

The jump to university status, indicative of a broader range of academic offerings, will grow Iona's profile and help with recruitment of students. → Read More

Nyack Schools superintendent Eudes Budhai resigns

Budhai arrived with a reputation as a champion of equity for students and staff, so was expected to be a great fit in Nyack. → Read More

NY gubernatorial candidate shares 'dirty words' he doesn't want in sex education classrooms

Republican hopeful Rob Astorino shared a whiteboard of a list of slang words for sex and sexual acts and denounced their teaching in classrooms. → Read More

Bedford parents push for answers on lewd photos of special needs children

The school district said it "took prompt disciplinary actions against the students responsible for the egregious acts at the high school." → Read More

Elmsford superintendent Marc Baiocco to take top post in Clarkstown school district

"It’s a bittersweet thing to leave Elmsford after 13 years ... Now I’m excited to make new relationships in Clarkstown,” said Marc Baiocco. → Read More

Schools react to Texas shooting with promises of support and security

Schools implemented extensive safety measures after the Sandy Hook massacre a decade ago, just as schools did after Columbine in 1999. → Read More

NY cancels Regents exam in U.S. history, content could add to 'trauma' of Buffalo shooting

New York canceled its U.S. History Regents exam, set for June, over content that could 'compound trauma' related to the Buffalo shooting. → Read More