Public Schools

With equity—and diversity—for all?

Education | Debate over an elite San Francisco school’s admissions policy encapsulates fraught conversations about a new buzzword
by Sophia Lee
Posted 3/11/21, 08:13 am

The first day Joseph Huayllasco entered Lowell High School, an academically selective public high school in San Francisco, a Latina student spotted him in the swarm of mostly Asian and white faces. She grabbed him by the hand: “Hey, you speak Spanish?” When Huayllasco nodded, she barked, “Come with me,” and led him through the courtyard to a huddle of about a dozen other Latino students. 

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Back to school blues in the Big Apple

Education | New York City pushes back the start of in-person classes again
by Laura Edghill
Posted 9/23/20, 06:36 pm

Families with children in New York City’s public schools are hopeful the third time’s the charm. Officials delayed a return to in-person instruction for the nation’s largest public school system twice this month because they could not come up with enough teachers and supplies to meet the safety standards outlined in a tenuous agreement with the district’s unions. Students attend virtually with some preschool and special education classes onsite for the first time this week.

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NYC delays majority of in-person schooling

by Kyle Ziemnick
Posted 9/17/20, 04:47 pm

Most public school students in the Big Apple will have to wait a little longer to return to their classrooms. Following pressure from teachers’ unions, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday announced most schools would not open on Monday for in-person classes as planned. Pre-K students and some students with special needs will start on time, but elementary and middle schoolers won’t return until Sept. 29, and high schoolers will begin Oct. 1 at the earliest.

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