“Unlike other data that reveals key insight on educational improvement—such as student attendance, academic performance, class size and the credentials of teachers and leaders—what curricula is being used in city schools is often unknown, in effect a black box. This makes it difficult to learn or study how curriculum choices and professional learning impact children’s learning.”
‘New York State allows millions of dollars to flow into private schools without any measures to ensure students actually receive a secular education. New legislation aims to fix this issue.’
‘It is unacceptable for NYC schools to continue to expect students to succeed knowing that access to reliable internet connection and devices still remains spotty at best.’
Data released recently by the Department of Education for January shows students living in the shelter system saw the most absences, with a monthly attendance rate of 75.7 percent compared to the citywide rate for all students, which was 89.2 percent.
The next mayor will have to deal with the educational damage wrought by COVID-19 and the profound problems of quality and equity that challenged the city’s schools even before the pandemic.
‘We need more parents to run so that each CEC’s economic diversity reflects that of the district. Without such diversity, whole swaths of a school district may be voiceless.’
The Brooklyn Beeps chalks the city’s troubles up to dysfunction. Winning the race will require defining that term, and outlining a plan to defeat it.
Brooklyn’s Mark Treyger wants the city to offer more in-person schooling to young and disabled kids who fare especially poorly in remote learning. The temporary shutdown offers a chance to adopt such a plan, he says.
The head of the union that recently voted ‘no confidence’ in Mayor de Blasio’s leadership talks about how the resumption of in-person school is going, and Manhattan BP Gale Brewer discuss what it will take for her borough to mount a comeback.