Michael Kane, et al. File Federal Case in Opposition to New York State Vaccine Mandate
UPDATE: Mayor Adams will allow students to stay home and receive code "65" as a reason. Yes, folks, it is all about money. Schools need to get their budgeted amounts from "seat time", the number of seats filled during the school day, to justify state and federal funds coming into the school.
The following information is from the NY POST article:
Schools are open, but thousands are missing in action due to COVID, classes are empty, either without a certified teacher or without half of the regularly-scheduled students. (We are not saying that the numbers given by the NYC Department of Education on attendance are true, just that the overall consensus of parents and teachers who have been on social media is that these numbers are in the ballpark of true). Students walked out in protest.
However, it is clear from the news and testimonials from teachers, parents and students who could not get an appropriate education under the remote learning model when NYC schools were closed, that city-wide closures are not the answer. We are in favor of school choice, and a child going into private, charter or religious schools should be available to everyone.
What is the "right answer"?
There is none.
For example. we have been doing special education advocacy - Impartial Hearings and IEP reviews - for about 22 years, and if you look at this one category of students, remote options do not work in general.
The best solution is to seek a high standard of learning for each child, and offer all options with oversight and accountability.
Mayor Adams, do not close all schools, but allow students who can and want temporary remote learning to get this option, but only AFTER you have assessed the online teachers and curriculum used, and found the correct mix of resources to support the choice.
From: First Deputy Chancellor Dan Weisberg <FirstDeputyChancellor@
Sent: Wednesday, January 12, 2022 8:52 PM
Subject: Updated DOE/UFT Pivot to Remote MOA - Providing Instruction to Students Who Are Absent Due to COVID
(MOA) regarding emergency closures has been updated to reflect new Situation Room procedures for reporting positive COVID-19 cases. Effective immediately, any student that has a positive COVID-19 test (at-home, rapid, PCR test, etc.) is entitled to asynchronous instruction and access to Office Hours as outlined in the Pivot to Remote MOA and as outlined in the updated and .
their supervisor approves, staff may provide Office Hours and asynchronous instruction to these students and shall be compensated accordingly.
|Daniella Rutz, a Kindergarten teacher at School Number 5 in Cliffside Park, N.J. on |
Friday Sept. 18, 2020. Tariq Zehawqi/NorthJersey.com
Parents of students with disabilities in New Jersey oppose remote learning for their children, saying ""Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have learned that students attending school remotely suffer socially, emotionally, and academically," the motion says. "Special-education students suffer more so than non-disabled students."
Families and advocates of people with disabilities stress the importance of routines and in-person instruction for some students in these programs. Students on the autism spectrum, for example, suffer larger setbacks when personal interactions and schedules are taken away.“Kids with autism have a lot of deficits in communication and socialization areas, so learning through a computer screen presents a challenge,” said Leah Farinola, the principal of REED Academy in Oakland, which is geared to students with autism. Farinola is not connected to the suit.
|Michael Appleton / Mayoral Photography Office|
Parents of color and/or who are low-income in New York City know that the computer technology handed out by the Department was not given to all children equally and/or did not have an educational value to their children. These parents are particularly upset with what they call the digital divide where the Department of Education neglected to give adequate resources to their children and have filed a lawsuit in the Supreme Court. The lawsuit states a claim that the city violated state and city law by not providing a “sound, basic education,” resulting in a disparate impact on low-income children and those of color and is calling for academic services to help affected students catch up."
NYC Mayor Eric Adams agrees with this and is keeping schools open.
Teachers union pushes for remote ‘learning’ — as in Chicago’s walkout — hurt minority kids most
Now, due to the hysteria of teachers who do not want to work during COVID, children city-wide are being denied their education because classes are being canceled.
Bottom line: parents want technological equality for every child and a rigorous plan with high standards to cover remote learning or full, rigorous educational programs in every class.
They are getting neither.
|A new lawsuit is speaking up for families struggling to cope with remote learning.|