Back to School: Academic Recovery Town Hall

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Thursday, September 7, 2023
Back to School: Academic Recovery Town Hall
Eyewitness News hosted a special town hall, Back to School: Academic Recovery, to get ready to send students back to the classroom.

NEW YORK (WABC) -- Eyewitness News hosted a special town hall, "Back to School: Academic Recovery," to get ready to send students back to the classroom.

Anchors Michelle Charlesworth and Mike Marza hosted the live town hall on Wednesday.

NYC Schools Chancellor David Banks was joined by eight panelists to fill parents and students in on everything to know before the first day of school on Thursday.

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They covered topics like what is new this year, including curriculum changes, security upgrades, healthy meal changes and more.

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Other important topics included school safety initiatives, mental health, the influx of migrants in the city and the possible school bus driver strike.

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Banks also announced he will join the UFT on Thursday morning to make a "special announcement" on increased staffing as the city works to educate its newly arrived students amid an influx of migrants in NYC.

Meet the panelists:

  • David C. Banks, Chancellor
  • Daniel Weisberg, First Deputy Chancellor
  • Carolyne V. Quintana, Deputy Chancellor of Teaching and Learning
  • Kara Ahmed, Ed.D., Deputy Chancellor of Early Childhood Education
  • Danika Rux, Ed.D, Deputy Chancellor (I.A.) of School Leadership
  • Kenita D. Lloyd, Deputy Chancellor of Family and Community Engagement + External Affairs
  • Mark Rampersant, Chief of Safety
  • Jade Grieve, Chief of Student Pathways
  • Emma Vadehra, Deputy Chancellor for Operations and Finance and Chief Operating Officer
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