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DOE News & Info

  • Board of Regents Reduces Number of Grades 3 to 8 Assessment Days Beginning with 2018 Spring Exams

    June 21, 2017

    The Board of Regents earlier this week announced its decision to reduce the number of days of student testing on the grades 3-8 State assessments in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics from three days for each exam to two. This change takes effect beginning with the tests that will be administered in Spring 2018. In addition to reducing the number ... CONTINUE
  • Update to the Joint Letter From DOE Chancellor Fariña and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

    May 15, 2017

    All of our students have a right to attend public school, regardless of immigration status. As an update to the joint letter from the DOE’s Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Commissioner Nisha Agarwal of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, they want to remind families that school is a safe and supportive place for all children and that Immigration and Customs ... CONTINUE
  • Check out this letter to the PTA from City Council Member Brad Lander about some exciting things going on in our city!

    May 10, 2017

    I’m delighted to announce a huge victory for our #TooHotToLearn campaign: On Monday, May 8, Mayor de Blasio announced that the NYC Department of Education will implement our proposal to put A/C in every public school classroom over the next 5 years! That means no more 100*F classrooms, where students and teachers can’t possibly focus. No more days when students with ... CONTINUE
  • Follow-up to Citywide Water Testing at All NYC DOE Schools

    May 1, 2017

    The safety and well-being of students and staff is our top priority. I am pleased to share that the New York City Department of Education (DOE) has completed water testing in every public school in the City. New York City water is of the highest quality, and families and staff should rest assured that our drinking water is safe. The City ... CONTINUE
  • Meet NYC’s First-Ever Gender Equity Coordinator for Public Schools

    February 27, 2017

    MANHATTAN — Kimberly Shannon, the Department of Education’s recently hired, first-ever gender equity coordinator, has a long list of issues she plans to tackle, from gender-based violence and pregnant or parenting students to boosting representation in career technical programs or STEM classes. Shannon is also charged with figuring out ways to better support and empower girls, transgender students and gender non-conforming ... CONTINUE
  • NYSED Proposes Regulation Changes To Teacher Certification Certificates – 45 Day Comment Period

    February 1, 2017

    Proposed changes to teacher certification regulations would provide greater flexibility and additional time to meet the requirements for reissuance of expired classroom certificates and supplementary certificates.  A 45-day public comment period on the proposed amendments begins Jan. 25. For more information, please click here. CONTINUE
  • NYSED Proposes School Health Regulation Changes – 45 Day Comment Period

    February 1, 2017

    Proposed amendments to school health regulations reduce burdens on school districts and implement recent statutory changes to provide emergency epinephrine auto-injectors, the State Education Department announced today.  Additional amendments address numerous requests from parents, healthcare providers, schools and the Department of Health for technical amendments and updates to existing regulatory language to improve school health services for students.  A 45-day ... CONTINUE
  • Joint Letter from DOE Chancellor Fariña and Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

    January 31, 2017

    On January 31, 2017, DOE Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Commissioner Nisha Agarwal of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, issued a joint letter explaining that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are not permitted access to schools without proper legal authority. Administrators are to let School Safety Agents (SSAs) know that if ICE officers show up at your school, they should ... CONTINUE
  • Community Education Council Elections

    January 25, 2017

    The Community Education Councils will be holding elections for new members.  Please visit the Department of Education site if you are interested in knowing what CECs do (on a district level). CONTINUE
  • Safe Drinking Water Tests at PS 133

    January 23, 2017

    As you may know, the New York City Department of Education is continuing its efforts to ensure that the water in New York City schools is safe for students and staff by conducting additional rounds of testing for the presence of lead in the water. On December 17, 2016, every potential source of water for drinking or preparing food at P.S. ... CONTINUE