New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

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New York Post New legislation would force DOE to release school health care information by Selim Algar

New legislation would force DOE to release school health care information

A City Councilman wants the Department of Education to spell out which schools are providing healthcare support to their students.

Councilman Ben Kallos is re-introducing legislation this week that would compel the DOE to reveal which schools offer services like vision care and HPV vaccines.

“We should know exactly which health services are available to which public schools so that we can ensure all 1.1 million public school students have access to the health services they need,” Kallos said.

The Manhattan Democrat said the DOE has not been adequately transparent about healthcare resources in city school buildings and should be legally obligated to do so.

New York Post NYC families say DOE dropped French dual-language program at last minute by Selim Algar

NYC families say DOE dropped French dual-language program at last minute

City Councilman Ben Kallos, who also pushed for the program, called for its reinstatement.

“The faster we bring the program to more francophone families that need it, the better off the children will be,” he said.

New York Post NYC pols call for a ‘desegregated’ remote-learning format by Selim Algar

NYC pols call for a ‘desegregated’ remote-learning format

A pair of City Council members is urging the de Blasio administration to use remote learning to better “desegregate” the district — including by offering more gifted and talented programs.

In a letter to schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday, Councilmen Ben Kallos (D-Manhattan) and Robert Cornegy (D-Brooklyn) said online instruction frees the district up from building space and cost restraints.

That means remote learning can be molded to suit individual student needs — and even offer G&T-level instruction for kids in areas that don’t have the coveted programs, the pols said.

“The virtual schools within this new district would be organized around learning style, enrichment, and even common interest,” the letter stated. “Enrichment programs like Gifted and Talented or those tailored to specific interests and remote-learning styles could finally be offered to every student who qualified.”

Cornegy and Kallos argued in their letter that educational opportunity is distributed unevenly across the city — often on racial and socio-economic lines — and that remote learning can help to address that imbalance.