Hello and welcome to the Monday edition of the New York Education newsletter. We’ll take a look at the week ahead and look back on the past week.
Mayor Eric Adams is heading to Albany on Tuesday to persuade state lawmakers of his big-ticket items, which include a four-year extension of the mayor’s control over the city’s schools.
Mayor will meet with Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and other lawmakers pitch, according to the Daily News. Schools Chancellor David Banks will also attend the meetings.
Adams previously told POLITICO that he would be visit albany but revealed at a rally in favor of the mayor’s control that he was postpone your trip for a few weeks, POLITICO’s Madina Touré and Deanna Garcia reported.
The current version of the mayor’s check is due to expire on June 30. Gov. Kathy Hochul proposed a four-year extension in January, but lawmakers did not include mayoral scrutiny in the budget.
State lawmakers previously said the mayor’s control of POLITICO would likely be extended with modifications to expand the parental voice.
Advocates and parent leaders say they want changes, including changing the structure of the Panel for Educational Policy, the governing body of the Department of Education.
With the state’s legislative session set to end on June 2, Adams still needs some elements from Albany while Hochul needs Adams’ endorsement in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. POLITICO’s Sally Goldenberg, Anna Groneold and Madina reported.
When asked by POLITICO if he would support Hochul without a substantial push from him for mayoral control, he argued that “these are two different conversations” and said he would review “the entire file of the person running for governor”.
“So I wouldn’t say that if I don’t get the governor’s support on an issue, that’s going to determine it, and so I would say no today,” he said.
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COLLEGE SAVINGS FOR NURSERY SCHOOLS — Mayor Eric Adams hosted a celebration at Baychester Academy in the Bronx with elected officials and advocates to mark a recent announcement that 97% of kindergarteners across the city now have access to a New York City Scholarship Account so they can save for college and job training. The administration said this year $6.5 million was invested in NYC’s 65,300 scholarship accounts for students participating in the NYC Kids RISE Save for College program. “We’re going to continue to do that for our kindergartners year after year,” Adams said at the event. “The same way we help our children save for college, the city also saves for its future.”
Deborah Ellen Glickstein, founding executive director of the NYC Kids Rise Save For College program, said the platform was built over “the better part of a decade” in communities across School District 30 in Queens, which includes Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, East Elmhurst, Corona and Jackson Heights. “It was created by so many people, schools and organizations in every neighborhood and in every one of our sectors,” Glickstein said. — Medina
OUTRAGE OF SUPERINTENDENT’S EVACUATION – WNYC’s Jessica Gould: “Queens parents are rallying behind a longtime superintendent who they say was fired from his post, part of a wider overhaul of the Education Department bureaucracy by Chancellor of Schools David Banks. At a press conference in Astoria, Deb Alexander, a member of the District 30 Community Education Council, said parents were “furious” that District Superintendent Dr. Philip A. Composto appears to have lost his job.”
SCHOOL BUS COMPANIES ACCUSED OF ‘IDLING’ — Gothamist’s Rosemary Misdary: “New York Attorney General Letitia James unveiled a lawsuit Thursday against three bus companies under contract with the New York City Department of Education. accusing them of illegally idling schools, bus stations and houses. The Attorney General alleged that for the past three school years, multiple school buses, owned and operated by Joseph Fazzia and his family, have idled for more than 10 minutes several times a day in most communities of color. “
NO PROGRESS ON CHARTER CEILING —Steve Bittenbender of Center Square: “Efforts to expand access to charter schools in New York failed … when state Senate Democrats blocked a proposal to lift the cap on the number of schools. State Sen. George Borrello, R-Sunset Bay, introduced the proposal Wednesday as an amendment to S.3468B, a bill sponsored by State Sen. Timothy Kennedy, D-Buffalo, that would create an office of State on Racial Equality and Social Justice. ”
CHILDREN MUST GET IMMUNIZED — Daily News Editorial Board: “At its peak, measles killed about 500 Americans a year. Same for tetanus. Chickenpox, about 100. Today, vaccines that ward off these pathogens are a prerequisite for school attendance in all 50 states. Thanks to these mandates and others, measles has not killed anyone in the United States since 2015; annual tetanus deaths have not exceeded 10 since 1999; and chicken pox kills less than 20 a year… So why wouldn’t we require young people to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when the FDA issues its final approval? »
NURSE SAVED STUDENT’S GRANDMOTHER —Steven Rodas of NJ.com: “Deborah Stone stood outside Oakview Elementary School on March 4, as she did every Tuesday and Friday, to pick up her grandson, Declan. Except that day she felt ‘a bit uncomfortable’ and leaned against the fence at the West Deptford school. Before she knew it, Stone, 56, had collapsed – her heart had stopped during the busy layoff. Cindy Cobb, the school nurse, and Laura Diezmos, a nurse and parent, ran to help Stone and performed CPR on him for about 18 minutes until paramedics arrived.
SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST FIRED FOR LGBTQ+ ACTIVISM — News 12 New Jersey: “The decision of a Middlesex County school district dismiss one of its psychologists has students and parents asking the board to reconsider. The Piscataway School Board has decided not to grant tenure to one of its school psychologists. Those opposing the firing cite retaliation for the psychologist who champions LGBTQ+ students and an inclusive curriculum.”
MORE MONEY FOR CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS – POLITICO’s Blake Jones:California schools could be ready for payday. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday called on the Legislature to take an additional $19.6 billion from the state’s growing budget surplus for public schools. This would increase California’s spending on the transition from kindergarten to high school to as much as $128.3 billion. “That’s a number you’ve never seen in California,” Newsom said.
HOUSE GOP CHALLENGES BIDEN’S STUDENT LOAN EFFORTS — POLITICO’s Bianca Quilantan: Nearly two dozen House Republicans have spoken out against President Joe Biden’s recent comments on potential student loan relief, arguing he lacks the power to cancel debt. In a letter to Biden on Friday, 23 lawmakers led by Rep. Glenn Grothman (R-Wis.) said they were concerned about the president’s remarks last month that indicated he was considering canceling “some” debts. federal student loan.
FEARS OF SLOWING CHARTER GROWTH —Erica L. Green of the New York Times: New rules proposed by the Department of Education to govern a federal grant program for charter schools are drawing bipartisan backlash and angering parents, who say the Biden administration is seeking to thwart schools that have fallen out of favor with many Democrats but maintains strong support among blacks. and Latino families.”
MORE TIME TO SPEND COVID FUNDS – POLITICO’s Juan Perez Jr.: The Department of Education will review give schools up to 18 months of extra time — and maybe even longer — to spend their federal Covid-19 relief aid on improved airflow systems or other infrastructure, a senior agency official told an advocacy group on Friday. The AASA, School Superintendents Association and other education groups have been pressing Education Secretary Miguel Cardona and the department since January for increased flexibility to spend U.S. bailout funds on construction projects.
POPE WILL MEET RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL SURVIVORS — Al Jazeera: “Pope Francis will visit Canada at the end of July, announced the Vatican, while the head of the Roman Catholic Church is expected to meet Indigenous survivors of abuse in residential schools. The 85-year-old will travel to Edmonton, Quebec and Iqaluit, the Vatican announced Friday, adding that more details of the July 24-30 visit will be released in the coming weeks.
Jelani Cobb, a prominent journalist and historian who is an editor for The New Yorker, will serve as the next dean of the Columbia Journalism School from August 1. Cobb is also the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism and Director of the Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights. “I started my career at a small local DC newspaper called ONE in the early 90s, then became an intern and eventually a contributor to the Washington City Paper. @wcp” Cobb said on Twitter. “I am very grateful to those who gave me a chance. And now I can do even more for others.”