Albany Agenda

SUNY chancellor John King talks budget wins and campus protests

The head of the state’s public university system discussed the police response to pro-Palestinian protest encampments and the fate of SUNY Downstate.


More than two-thirds of protesters arrested at Columbia and City College released with summonses

The majority of protesters have been released with summonses, but Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is charging 46 Columbia protesters with trespassing and 22 City College protesters with burglary.

Albany Agenda

Here’s what New York elected officials are saying about the Columbia University protests

Progressives have criticized the school for bringing in the NYPD to clear the encampment, while Republicans have called for the National Guard.


Nearly 30,000 students shut out of city’s popular summer school program

Roughly 138,000 families applied for just 110,000 slots in the program, and funding shortfalls threaten to shrink the program.


NYC commits $500 million for at-risk education programs

The funding will cover half the $1 billion hole left by expiring federal aid.


Will New York start requiring students to fill out the FAFSA form?

Some state lawmakers say it’ll help more low-income students attend college.

New York State

Going down the mayoral control study rabbit hole

The state Education Department’s big report recommends a commission to evaluate mayoral control of New York City schools.

New York State

Hochul: Major Foundation Aid changes off the table for now in Albany

The governor said that by this time next year, the state will have a new formula to give schools enough time to prepare.

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New York City

Funding set to expire for coordinators who help NYC’s homeless children

Having shelter-based assistance has aided families as they navigate the city’s school system.


Even before Hochul proposed cuts, many school NY districts were struggling

COVID-19-related federal aid is running out, and tax revenues were also impacted by the pandemic.

News & Politics

Manhattan parent board’s anti-trans vote complicates debate over mayoral control of public schools

Progressives want to give greater control of public schools to parents – just not these parents.

New York City

City Council passes class size transparency bill

Compliance with lower class sizes has been a major sticking point in the push to renew mayoral control in Albany.


How Hochul’s education budget proposal created chaos in one Long Island school district

Long Beach School District acted quickly to cut spending assuming the worst – that their district will no longer receive full “hold harmless” funding now or in the future.


David Banks on pre-K, 3-K budget restoration: “I have great confidence”

The New York City schools chancellor warned of inevitable “trade-offs” as City Council members grilled officials over budget cuts.

Albany Agenda

NY Legislature seems poised to push back on Hochul’s school funding proposal

The governor wants to move money around based on enrollment, but legislative leaders seem skeptical of that idea.