NYC School Delay Sows Doubt on Mayor’s Bid for In-Person Classes

(Bloomberg) — Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision Thursday to further delay in-person learning raised questions about whether New York will join other large school districts in reverting to all-remote learning, for at least the start of the year.

Four days before New York City schools were to reopen for in-person instruction, the mayor delayed classes for elementary schoolers until Sept. 29 and for middle- and high-school students until Oct. 1. Learning will begin remotely Sept. 21 for all but pre-kindergarten pupils and those with severe developmental disabilities.

“We’re giving schools more staff, more time and more support,” Education Chancellor Richard Carranza said at a press briefing Thursday.

New York, which has the largest school system in the U.S., is one of the few cities to plan in-person learning this month. The postponement was met with dismay by parents who have been cooped up in apartments for months and are now

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