Many Challenges Remain As NYC Goes Back To School


SHE IS CHARGED WITH GRAND LARCENY. EACH SCHOOL BOTTLE COST MORE THAN $1,000. IT IS BACK TO SCHOOL FOR THE MORE THAN 1 MILLION PUBLIC SCHOOL STUDENTS IN THE CITY. AND FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER THE 3-K PROGRAM IS NOW IN EVERY BUREAU. CAFETERIA MEMBERS ARE GETTING HEALTHY AS WELL AND ADDING VEGETARIAN BREAKFAST AND LUNCHES. CBS 2’S KAREN DILLON HAS MORE. MORE THAN A MILLION KIDS ACROSS THE CITY ARE BACK TO SCHOOL. IT WAS AN EXCITING DAY BUT FOR SOME PARENTS NOT SO MUCH. SHE’S BEEN HOME FOR THREE YEARS SO LETTING HER GO OFF IT’S LIKE A BIG THING FOR ME. I’M A LITTLE MORE NERVOUS THAN HER. THE NERVOUS PARENTS WERE ALONGSIDE MAYOR BILL DE BLASIO AND RICHARD CORANZA. YEAH. THE TWO WERE ON HAND TO OPEN RICHMOND PRE-K CENTER ON LONG ISLAND. THE MAYOR SAYS THE PROGRAM ENSURES THE YOUNGEST CHILDREN IN THE CITY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW. THIS IS SO EXCITING BECAUSE 3-K THIS IS SOMETHING THAT’S BEEN ATTEMPT ATTEMPTED ON A SCALE THAT’S NEVER BEEN TRIED BEFORE IN THE COUNTRY. THE MAYOR ALSO FACED CRITICISM OVER SOME LONG-STANDING PROGRAMS. CHIEF AMONG THEM ARE QUESTIONS SURROUNDING A PROGRAM THAT INCLUDES A HIGH STAKES ADMISSIONS PROCESS FOR STUDENTS. LAST MONTH A PANEL RECOMMENDED PUTTING A MORATORIUM ON THE GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAM AS PART OF A DESEGREGATION EFFORT. IT’S NOT JUST IF YOU ELIMINATE OR DON’T ELIMINATE. LAST MONTH THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION ANNOUNCED LEAD PAINT REMEDIATION WAS COMPLETELIED IN CLASSROOMS WITH CHILDREN 6 OR YOUNGER. THE GUIDANCE SAYS THAT YOU KNOW CHILDREN WHERE THEY SPEND MOST OF THEIR TIME WHICH IS IN THEIR CLASSROOMS BUT WE’RE GOING ABOVE AND BEYOND. WE’RE GOING INTO COMMON SPACES. ONE THING BOTH SIDES DO AGREE ON IS THE USE FOR STANDARDIZED

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