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The School District will offer more than 2,500 kindergarten through 7th-grade students three weeks of reading and math enrichment in July because they did not have a highly qualified teacher for at least two-thirds of the year.

The lack of qualified substitutes and a high teacher vacancy rate this year were one of the main topics at a City Council hearing Monday about conditions in the District, convened by the Committee on Children and Youth and the Education Committee.

Councilwoman Helen Gym, chair of the Children and Youth Committee, framed the issue in the cash-strapped District as one of “basic human rights,” in which many schools – most serving the most vulnerable students – lack essential services, including enough counselors and nurses, updated curricula, modern classrooms, and safe buildings.

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