SUNY and CUNY leaders tell lawmakers they need more state aid

SUNY chancellor John King assured legislators that there are no plans to close down any public universities, though staffing levels may be cut.


David Banks may not have made much progress on mayoral control in Albany

During his testimony at an education budget hearing, it didn’t seem like the New York City schools chancellor’s message was getting through.

Albany Agenda

Across the political spectrum, lawmakers are peeved about Hochul’s plan for education funding

Republican state senators joined the chorus of teachers and their Democratic colleagues to condemn the proposal Monday.


Hochul wants to build housing on SUNY campuses. How will that work?

State university faculty and administrators are cautiously optimistic about the governor’s proposal to build housing on state-owned land.


Eric Adams again reverses some planned budget cuts

The mayor’s restoration of education funding followed reversals of some planned cuts to police and fire departments, as well as to sanitation and parks initiatives.


NYC teachers sue Eric Adams over school budget cuts

The United Federation of Teachers filed a lawsuit Thursday to block planned spending reductions.

Editor's Note

Editor’s note: David Banks delivered a sobering message about his response to the Hillcrest High School protest

The New York City schools chancellor recognized that “schooling” wasn’t enough to bring context to the Israel-Hamas war.


Report: More than 300K NYC students are in overcrowded classrooms

A UFT study found that 50% of schools with a high concentration of poverty that receive federal funds, have larger class sizes than state law currently limits.


AOC, other progressives call on Columbia University to reinstate pro-Palestine groups

Members of Congress, state legislators and City Council members are asking the Ivy League university to reinstate Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace, which were suspended following an unauthorized protest.

Interviews & Profiles

‘Of course’ NYC schools Chancellor David Banks is concerned about the challenge of educating asylum-seeking children

The chancellor also brushed aside censorship concerns about recent guidance sent to teachers in advance of a walkout in support of Gaza, saying “we’re not trying to silence anybody.”

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Albany Agenda

Antisemitism review at CUNY sparks anxiety for free speech, public education advocates

Gov. Kathy Hochul appointed former Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman to look into discrimination at New York City’s public colleges.


1 in 9 NYC students were homeless last year

A new report from Advocates for Children outlines causes of the 14% increase, including the ongoing migrant crisis.


‘Turned a corner’ on enrollment: CUNY chancellor on system’s post pandemic recovery

This October, the nation's largest urban public university is ramping up its efforts to recruit New York City high school seniors by waiving application fees and deploying welcome letters.

New York City

New York City schools are embracing AI. Lawmakers had some questions.

After an about-face on ChatGPT, the Department of Education plans to develop AI policy for grades K-12 by June.


Report: Community preschool teachers paid half as much as public school teachers

Over the course of a 25-year career, educators working in privately-run preschool programs could make $690,000 less than public school teachers.


Major felony crimes up in New York City schools

School safety has been a major focus after a string of high-profile incidents occurred outside school buildings last year.


Report: Just a third of NYC schools are ADA compliant

People with physical disabilities are unable to access a single classroom at 40% of schools.