Financial literacy

🌱 NYC math scores plunge in 2022 + bill for HS financial literacy

Hello, New York City! Here’s what you need to know today:

  • New York’s grades 3-8 math scores plummeted in 2022, possibly due to the pandemic.
  • Remnants of Hurricane Ian could reach the New York area next Monday.
  • New York high schools would be required to teach financial literacy under a new bill.

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Partially sunny. High: 67 Low: 52.

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Here are the top five stories from today in New York:

  1. Math scores in grades three through eight on New York State exams fell 7.6 percentage points in 2022, according to newly released data., demonstrating the effects of pandemic-related disruptions in education. At the same time, English Language Arts did a little better. (New York City crest)
  2. The remnants of Hurricane Ian, which made landfall in Florida on Wednesday with near Category 5 strength, could reach New York by Monday next week., say forecasters. The path of the storm, which could bring heavy rain to the region, is difficult to predict at this time. (New York City crest)
  3. New York lawmakers are proposing a bill that would impose a $50 fee on New Jersey drivers entering the state. This is in response to a bill being considered in New Jersey that would undermine congestion pricing by refusing to share driver information with other states like New York. (gothamist)
  4. Former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is re-entering politics with a new Political Action Committee (PAC) aimed at electing ‘the right people’ to public office, he announced in an 8-minute video. He is also launching a podcast and a gun safety initiative. (NY Politics)
  5. New York high schools could be required to offer personal financial literacy classes if a state bill passes. The proposal, which has been in the state since 2009, has a better chance of passing next year, according to its sponsor, Sen. Leroy Comrie. Students at Stuyvestant High School campaigned for it. (city ​​limits)

Correction: Yesterday’s newsletter misstated the number of recent deaths on Rikers Island. There have been 16 deaths so far this year, not last week.

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Today in New York:

  • Salsa Thursdays at the Time Out Market in New York (6 p.m.)
  • Madison Avenue Men’s Style Month Late Night Shopping Party (6:00 PM)
  • Women Build Council Art Exhibition — 113 W 24th Street (6:30 p.m.)
  • Author Gary Weiss talks about “Retail Gangster” with Kurt Boone @ Village Works (7:30 p.m.)

Crime and Security Corner:

  • Four people were shot dead on a street in West Harlem on Tuesday night, just hours after another shooting a few blocks away, police say. (New York City crest)
  • A suspect was arrested for a murder that occurred in Harlem 2 years ago, said the police. (New York City crest)
  • Never-before-seen photos show poor conditions at Rikers Island, including inmates locked in caged showers. (gothamist)

From my notebook:

  • New Yorkers seem to know too much about the smell of corpses, a Reddit thread reveals. “I’m kinda freaking out because I can smell it IN MY APARTMENT,” redkittyluv wrote. (New York City crest)
  • Mayor Eric Adams sparked an online outcry after saying at a Tuesday press conference that “Kansas has no brand.” (New York Post)
  • New Yorkers fear for the future of democracy and the economy, a new poll from Siena College has revealed. (New York City crest)
  • Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul now has a 17-point lead over Republican Congressman Lee Zeldin, with 54% support, according to the latest Siena College poll. (gothamist)
  • The United Order of Tents, a secret organization formed to help slaves escape from the pre-war South, reveals his identity in hopes of saving his historic Bed Stuy mansion, which is in need of repairs. (New York City crest)
The United Order of Tents Brooklyn Headquarters at 87 MacDonough St. (Essie Gregory)

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