Students from seven middle schools and three community-based centers were at the event with New York City Chancellor Carmen Fariña to celebrate the end of a reading pilot program called SummerSail, which aims to stem the “learning loss” that affects many students from low-income families when school is out.
Plans to lengthen the school day at eight middle schools with many poor students are now hanging in the balance because of a squabble between city and state officials.
During a visit to P.S. 154 in the South Bronx on Tuesday, New York City Chancellor Carmen Fariña said she was impressed by the city’s newest summer learning program and hopes to continue it next year.
An assistant principal explains how she’s seen a “tale of two cities” play out across schools—and how parents could help.
After a long wait, New York City has received a $7.6 million state grant for a program that will keep approximately 5,000 low-income students in class for at least an extra 300 hours next year.
As the city scurries to make 53,000 full-day pre-kindergarten slots available this September, every seat counts. But when officials tried to round up pre-K seats in Jewish schools, the largest group of non-public schools in the city, some ultra-Orthodox yeshivas hesitated to add full-day programs that would limit their time for religious instruction.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has made clear that he wants all kids to have the head start that full-day pre-kindergarten can provide. Elementary schools that are heeding his call to add seats cite a range of reasons, not all related to learning.
As New York City pushes to expand out-of-school time programming for middle schoolers, a summer camp with a mixed record will grow significantly next month.
Having secured state pre-K funds and settled the teachers contract, Mayor Bill de Blasio is now turning his attention to funding after-school programs and boosting arts education.
New York City’s proposed teachers contract stakes a claim about the time educators spend with students: quality beats quantity. Some are questioning that tradeoff.