Public School Enrollment Has Declined Sharply; Some UWS Schools Are Down by Nearly 30%

New York City public school enrollment dropped significantly in the 2020-2021 school year, and, if kindergarten applications for the upcoming s … Read the rest of this entry >>

New KIPP Charter School Opening in the Fall Despite Some Community Opposition; There’s Still Time to Apply

A new KIPP charter school is opening in the Upper West Side's school district this fall and is now accepting applications. The school will admit students through a lo … Read the rest of this entry >>

New City Admissions Policy Could Complicate Upper West Side Middle School Diversity Plan

A new city policy that will eliminate all academic screens in middle school admissions for the upcoming school year could have a perverse effect on the Upper West … Read the rest of this entry >>

Local Schools Take Different Paths to Reopening

Schools on the Upper West Side were once again a hub of morning activity this week as elementary students resumed in-person instruction for the first … Read the rest of this entry >>

Public Schools to Reopen Starting Dec. 7 for Younger Grades; Moving to 5-Day-a-Week In-Person Learning

Mayor de Blasio announced on Sunday that NYC school buildings for grades 3-K, Pre-K and grades K-5 will reopen on Monday, Decembe … Read the rest of this entry >>

NYC Public Schools to Close on Thursday as Covid Positivity Rate Hits 3%

New York City will close its public schools starting on Thursday because the 7-day Covid-19 positivity rate has hit 3%, according to the m … Read the rest of this entry >>

Local Parents Organize to Oppose Limits on Opt-In Rules at Public Schools

Community Education Council 3, a parent group that resembles a school board, is holding a meeting on Monday to fight a Department of Education … Read the rest of this entry >>

School Schedule Changes Again — Older Kids Won’t Be Back Until October

The city once again pushed back the start date of in-person school to try to improve the setup and make sure it's safe. For parents, that means schedules are scrambled a … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS School Complex With Poor Ventilation Won’t Open to Students

The city will not allow the Martin Luther King Jr. Educational Campus on the Upper West Side to open, because the school has poor ventil … Read the rest of this entry >>

City Will Delay Public School Opening as School Staffs and Others Question Timeline

New York City will delay the opening of public schools for both in-person and remote lessons until Sept. 21, Mayor de Blasio announced on Tue … Read the rest of this entry >>

Local Parent Council Wants City to Delay Public School Opening

The parent council for the Upper West Side and parts of Harlem has sent a letter to the mayor and governor asking them to delay the planned reop … Read the rest of this entry >>

Local Parents are Split About Returning to Schools, Fascinating Survey Shows

The unscientific survey of local parents that we conducted over the past 24 hours has yielded some fascinating results. Parents at both public and private schools are clearly struggling … Read the rest of this entry >>

Take Our Anonymous Survey to Answer the Big Question of the Week: Will You Send Your Kids Back to School in Person?

The city has given parents until this Friday to make a very difficult decision: will you send your child back to school this fall for a hybrid in-person and remote educ … Read the rest of this entry >>

Parent Group Calls for at Least 30% of Public School Learning to be Outdoors This Fall

Some Upper West Side parents have been pushing the Department of Education to move more activities outside when schools reopen this fall. The di … Read the rest of this entry >>

Comment of the Week: A Public School Teacher Asks the Tough Questions About Reopening

I am a public school teacher. Although I miss being in a school building and teaching my students – and recognize that remote learning … Read the rest of this entry >>

City’s School Plan Will Mix In-Person and Remote Learning; Local Parents See Challenges to Making it Work

The city released the first details of its public school reopening plan on Wednesday, and made it clear that most students will get a mix of remote and in-person learn … Read the rest of this entry >>

UWS Parents Want More Real-Time Video Teaching; Some Don’t Want Kids In School Before a Vaccine is Released

Parents spoke out in a meeting over Zoom on Thursday night about the successes and failures of remote learning during the pandemic. Students have been lea … Read the rest of this entry >>

New York City Public Schools Will Close Until At Least Monday, April 20

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Sunday that the New York City public schools will be closed starting on Monday, and will be closed until at least Monday, Apri … Read the rest of this entry >>

Three Boys Charged in Morningside Killing Attended Same Middle School; ‘Parents Were Shaken’ But Rally to Recover

The fatal stabbing of Barnard student Tessa Majors this December in Morningside Park has reminded many New Yorkers of the 1989 Central Park Five inc … Read the rest of this entry >>

Proposed Dual-Language High School on the UWS Wins Community Board Support

FĂ©licitations are in order for Lafayette Academy, a public middle school currently serving grades 6-8, which received initial approval to move ahead with expa … Read the rest of this entry >>

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