For all those people in New York City who have been in a coma for two years, I have unsurprising news. The NYC Department of Education is going to continue the virtual and hybrid learning programs that all students have had since schools closed in March 2020.
All others, here is the breaking news: After issuing more than 100 Executive Orders establishing the new terms of employment of all public workers in the City that employees either get vaccinated or terminated leaving almost 1000 DOE educators on leave without pay or fired and thousands of students without certified teachers; after a citywide order by Chancellor Banks was issued in August 2021 that all students had to be in their schools without any remote options except children with special needs; and, after parents' and students' protests to in-school only classes fell on deaf ears leading to a mass exodus from public schools in NYC, suddenly the NYC DOE announces a roll-out of two virtual learning programs for high schoolers, to "work for our young people in a way that [the education system] never has before".
No, this is not groundhog day. NYC is seeing the Mayor repeating what he said in 2020, over and over, in order to convince the public that this is a new idea, this virtual learning stuff.
What this is, friends, is a mea culpa from Mayor Adams, but not said exactly like clearly or anything.
Remote learning, virtual programs, and classroom programs are all good. We need to give kids a buffet of choices in order to excite them into exploring new paths for the future.
We knew that two years ago.
Betsy CombierNYC rolling out 2 virtual learning programs with aim to turn them into fully remote schools by 2023
By Cayla Bamberger, NY POST, June 23, 2022