Just under 55,000 families applied to kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year, down from almost 63,000 the year before.
Despite a continual push by Mayor de Blasio, many New York City parents have not sent their children back to the city's schools for in-person learning.
Hundreds of high schoolers in New York City return to the classroom Monday as public schools reopen for the first time since November.
The announcement comes just days before the city's high schools are expected to reopen on March 22.
New York City public high schools will reopen to in-person instruction beginning Monday, March 22, announced Mayor Bill de Blasio. All school sports will also resume in early April.
Meisha Ross Porter, who was named as the new New York City Schools Chancellor has most recently been the Bronx Executive Superintendent.
Richard Carranza announced he will soon step down as the head of New York City's school system. His turbulent three-year tenure is getting some mixed reaction.
New York City public schools head Richard Carranza is leaving the job. He will be replaced by Meisha Ross Porter, the first Black woman to lead the country's largest school system.
Students receiving in-person instruction are required to wear face coverings at all times, maintain distance from others and submit to random COVID-19 testing.
The mayor said schools have proven to be the safest places in the city during the pandemic. He hailed the city's rigorous in-school COVID testing protocol.
There have been several suicides in recent weeks among New York City public school students.
New York City's public schools are scrapping the controversial Gifted and Talented program after this spring.
New York City officials have announced a series of admissions changes for hundreds of middle and high schools in one of its most significant steps in years to address racial segregation.
It's back to school again for some New York City schoolchildren, weeks after the schools were closed to in-person learning because of rising COVID-19 infections.
The coronavirus pandemic has provided yet another challenge for students in New York City who are homeless.
Students in 3-K, Pre-K and grades K-5 will be allowed to return to in-person learning next week, with District 75 schools following soon afterward.
Concerns are growing over NYC students not having the devices to do remote learning and creating a education gap among students.
Angry parents called on Mayor de Blasio to abandon the city’s three-percent positivity threshold and reopen their kids’ schools.
All New York City Public Schools will temporarily close to in-person instruction beginning Thursday due to increasing coronavirus cases, announced school officials.
Parents of NYC public school students described Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to close schools for in-person learning beginning Thursday as “terrible,” “a lack of leadership,” and “disappointing.”