As of June, the Department of Education had 131,199 full-time employees. More than 119,000 served in jobs under the broad classification of pedagogues, which includes roles such as principals, assistant principals, teachers, and teaching assistants also known as paraprofessionals.
Many of the city’s highest-scoring students will likely attend one of the city’s nine specialized high schools. But many high-scorers—including some offered admission to a specialized high school—will attend other schools.
The number of students in grades 6 through 12 suspended for breaking school rules has continued to decline in recent years as the City Council and the de Blasio Administration have fostered policies that promote alternatives to keeping students out of the classroom.
Commissioner of the New York City Mayor’s Office for International Affairs marked United Nations Day by announcing the cohort of classrooms and after-school programs selected to participate in the 2017-2018 NYC Junior Ambassadors program. This program educates participants about the work of the UN.
Mayor de Blasio's speech introduces his goal of implementing vegetarian options into NYC schools. He uses PS1 as an example, the first fully vegetarian school in the city. He sees vegetarian options as ways to improve the overall heath of students and improve the environment.
Mayor de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray spent time honoring Commissioner O'Niel, Commissioner Nigro, and Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina - who's retirement was announced at the press conference.
Mayor de Blasio held a meeting with school officials to discuss school safety following the terrorist attack that occurred, going into how he intends to keep schools safe (especially the schools, such as Stuyvesant, who were close to/hurt by the attack).
Brooklyn schools announced they will be participating in Meatless Mondays, which would provide participating schools with healthy, all-vegetarian breakfast and lunch menus every Monday. The mayor stated that this program would benefit the health of the children and benefit the environment.
First lady Chirlane McCray joined a ribbon cutting celebrating the opening of a new soccer pitch, part of a larger city-wide initiative to build and maintain 50 mini-soccer pitches in underserved neighborhoods across the five boroughs and expand afterschool programing for thousands of New York City