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Jessica is the education reporter for WNYC and Gothamist. During the Covid-19 pandemic, Jessica reported on the shutdown and reopening of the nation’s largest school system, highlighting the unprecedented impacts on learning, health and mental health for students, staff and families. Jessica has also covered politics, business, the environment and the arts, earning multiple awards for her coverage. Prior to working at WNYC, Jessica was a reporter at public radio station WAMU in D.C. and a columnist for the Washington City Paper.

Jessica Gould

The applications will be part of the overall kindergarten registration process.

Mayor Eric Adams, who has dyslexia, has made improving literacy a top priority.

The cuts, amounting to roughly $375 million, have already had an impact on public school students and teachers.

Instead of 61,000 total seats next fall, officials said, there will be 55,000 — 6,000 fewer than the de Blasio administration had planned.

Children who are learning English are most likely to gain competency in all subjects when taught in their home language.

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