2021 SHSAT Test Date

The NYC DOE has announced that the SHSAT will be administered December 2021. The exact dates of the test and registration deadlines have not been announced yet. However, this does give students more than one full additional month to prepare.

Will NYC Schools Require Students to be Vaccinated?

What’s the latest update for New York City schools this Fall? New mandates regarding COVID-19 vaccinations from the mayor’s office have parents wondering what it means for their children. Vaccines will be required to enter certain indoor locations such as gyms, restaurants, and entertainment venues. What makes the rollout fishy when it comes to schools […]

DOE Alters Admission System ‘to Increase Diversity,’ Top-Performing Students go to Bottom-Rung Schools

The Department of Education assigned high-achieving students of Manhattan to struggling schools — a major change to a merit-based system, with a lottery that is expected to increase diversity at New York City’s most selective public high schools. The time-honored controversy of the Specialized High School Admissions Test (SHSAT) causing underrepresentation has recently erupted again […]

DOE to Host Virtual Conference on Reopening NYC Schools

STATEN ISLAND, NY — As part of its ongoing effort toward the full reopening of public schools, the Department of Education (DOE) will host a virtual conference for Staten Island on Monday, May 17, from 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m, with conferences for the other four boroughs to follow. The online information session, titled “Conversation […]

How to Deal with Fear: Insight from Seneca

How to deal with fear on tests

I don’t remember how I came across it, but I started journaling in “The Daily Stoic Journal” that accompanies “The Daily Stoic” by Ryan Holiday. “The Daily Stoic” offers a quote from a Stoic philosopher such as Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and Epictetus, and an explanation from Ryan Holiday. In general, they provide good advice and […]

New COVID-19 School Closure Guidelines

COVID-19 NYC School Guidelines

The Department of Education (DOE) of New York City laid out new COVID-19 school closure guidelines to ensure students, faculty, and staff’s safety, formally replacing the two-case rule last Thursday. On Monday, students in New York City public schools will return to in-person schooling after what is hopefully the final period of COVID-related blanket school […]

NYC to Remove the COVID-19 2-Case Preventative Measure, said Mayor

On Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced plans to remove the NYC two-case rule because of consistent school shutdowns, stirring the academe. Bill de Blasio seeks repeal to reopen schools and says the existing measure made no sense. The new approach remains unclear as it was not discussed in further detail. “We’re working on what […]

NYC Teachers Were Unhappy with Chancellor Carranza

Richard Carranza Resigned

Former Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza’s dissatisfaction percentage rating among New York teachers rose amid the pandemic, results from NYC School Survey showed. Among 52,822 NYC teachers, Carranza’s dissatisfaction rating was recorded 25 percent, up by eight percentage points from 17 percent in the preceding academic year. The satisfaction rating was only 49 percent, while 25 […]