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Wait – did Hochul just say she wants to lift the NYC charter school cap?

The moment came and went quickly during a packed gubernatorial debate, but it was definitely a yes. Several lawmakers and teachers unions have expressed disapproval of the governor’s apparent position.

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NYC schools chancellor defends yeshivas

Schools Chancellor David Banks stands by findings that a Brooklyn yeshiva is providing “substantially equivalent” education after the state found the opposite.

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NYC overhauls controversial schools admissions process for middle schools, selective high schools

Schools Chancellor David Banks said the controversial process was replaced with one that rewards the highest academic achievers, as well as increases transparency and fairness.

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First full public school year for Eric Adams’ administration kicks off

The New York City mayor joined Schools Chancellor David Banks and Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell in welcoming back children to class.

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New York City teachers: Why we stayed and why we left

With a new school year just around the corner, these New Yorkers who’ve been at the forefront of all this share what’s next.

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NYC Council passes resolution calling on Mayor to restore education cuts

The council continues to pressure the mayor to reverse a reduction to the schools budget – nearly three months after approving that budget


Closing the tech gap in NYC starts with expanding K-12 computing education

With a boom in tech jobs during the pandemic, preparing New Yorkers from underrepresented communities for these positions should be a top priority for the city.

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New York City Council ramps up pressure on mayor to restore school budget funding

Even though they also approved the cuts, the council held a hearing on Monday highlighting the impacts on teachers and students.

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NYC schools chancellor talks about preparing students for the real world

At City & State’s Education Summit, David Banks laid out the legacy he hopes to leave behind in the country’s largest school system.

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NYC schools eliminate in-school PCR testing, pivots to take-home tests

Over the past year, city leaders have steadily peeled back layers of COVID-19 safety mitigations in schools such as masking, social distancing guidelines and now its sweeping PCR surveillance testing program.

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Opinion: Revamping how we teach reading must be fundamental to NYC DOE reforms

Mayor Eric Adams and Schools Chancellor David Banks took promising first steps by proposing a shift to an evidence-based reading curriculum and comprehensive dyslexia screenings.


NYC school budget cuts are again moving forward – for now

Several days after a Manhattan judge ruled in favor of returning the education spending plan back to the City Council, a state appeals court has paused the decision until arguments are heard on Aug. 29


New York City may have to vote on a schools budget. Again.

Following weeks of public outcry over cuts to school funding, a Manhattan judge ruled in favor of returning the education budget back to the City Council, but the fight isn’t over yet: Adams’ office plans to appeal.


New York City Council members apologize for school budget vote

Progressive council members expressed regret on Monday for signing off on $215 million in cuts to schools in the fiscal year 2023 budget.


Summer Rising gets off to a stronger start, but still with some bumps

While there have been some logistical issues hampering staffing and transportation, providers say this year’s rollout has made significant strides over last.


On determining NYC class sizes, all eyes turn to Hochul

The state Legislature voted to reduce class sizes to the mayor’s chagrin, and now the governor is facing pressure on all sides.