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Schools are overcrowding across the city, and this part of the Bronx is hardly immune. But ever since the Vatican closed the Church of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and its parochial school and the land was deconsecrated in 2017, many have eyed its valuable West 239th Street land next to Van Cortlandt Park as the perfect site to build a new public school. more
Few education landscapes have been subject to changes over the course of the coronavirus pandemic as much as the city’s public elementary schools. more
If the past year has taught society anything, it’s that a lot can change even over the course of a few weeks. And even more can change over four months. more
Early voting to decide who will fill out the final year of Andrew Cohen's time on the city council is set to begin March 13. And where you can cast your ballot is no longer a mystery now that the city's elections board has shared where early votes will be accepted. more
Mornings begin the same for every student at BedRock Preschool. Once they walk through the doors of the Arlington Avenue school, they sanitize their hands and have their temperatures checked, all while their parents fill out a COVID-19 questionnaire about symptoms, travel and exposure. more
Even with concerns SARS-CoV-2 is still present in public schools, parents still had a golden parachute at their disposal: They could opt out of hybrid learning and choose fully remote classes at any time throughout the academic year. And many did so, thinking they’d have a few opportunities to opt back in when they felt it was safe. more
On an early spring morning, a jogger paces down Riverdale Avenue. Her earphones are in, her ball cap bent just over her eyes. Friends passing by in cars call out and keep going. Then she’s gone. On the side of a mailbox is a woman’s face, drawn in chalk. There are others, as well. On a wall. On the sidewalk. Hiding behind a tree. The jogger passes some of these faces without a second thought. more
Simon Cane is nearly indistinguishable from most other 8-year-old boys. He’s a third-grader at P.S. 81 Robert J. Christen. He is active, and loves playing outside. And he is an animal enthusiast — He loves his dog, Lola, and wants to be a veterinarian when he grows up. But when it comes to saving the environment, everyone else is running to keep up with him. more
Know a student who took a computer science class last year? There’s a good chance it was part of a citywide push implemented by the public schools chancellor. more
Eagle-eyed drivers and even pedestrians may have noticed a new addition to the landscape at West 238th Street and Riverdale Avenue — a shiny white speed camera. more
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