Rise & Shine: "Morning-after" pill available in some city schools

  • Few seem to mind that some city schools give Plan B oral contraceptives to students. (PostNY1, Times)
  • Michael Goodwin: Investigations into academic fraud instigated by readers’ reports went nowhere. (Post)
  • One investigation, into Murry Bergtraum HS, turned up nearly 1,000 inexplicable “super-seniors.” (Post)
  • A new public music high school set to open next year will emphasize technology alongside theory. (WSJ)
  • The city and UFT are sparring over terms of a deal that’s off for now. (GothamSchoolsNY1Daily News)
  • City officials say special ed reforms are going well, but some disagree. (GothamSchools, SchoolBook)
  • J.H.S. 189 in Flushing has five alums on staff and three couples who met working there. (Daily News)
  • The bus companies that have replaced a firm that bungled routes are pretty expensive. (Daily News)
  • A Bay Ridge mother has joined the chorus of parents angry about school bus route snafus. (Daily News)
  • A substitute teacher won’t be recalled after he allegedly urinated in a cup on teacher’s desk. (Post)


  • All but two of the Philadelphia schools investigated for cheating saw scores drop far last year. (AP)
  • Idaho voters face a referendum on teacher performance pay, tenure, and school technology. (Times)
  • Among Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s post-strike goals is to add more charter schools. (Tribune)
  • Randi Weingarten and Karen Lewis: Chicago offers a framework for how to move past “reform.” (WSJ)
  • Around the country, some districts require middle-school student-athletes to take drug tests. (Times)

Last week on GothamSchools:

  • Two mayoral candidates waded into education politics at a rooftop garden event at P.S. 41. (Friday)
  • A charter-like district-run school in Harlem got kudos from elected officials on opening day. (Friday)
  • Teachers at an elite public school boycotted an event for parents to protest their principal. (Thursday)
  • Chancellor Walcott has visited several ex-“turnaround” schools without making a fuss. (Thursday)
  • Few parents have made use of a state law that allows them to overhaul their schools. (Wednesday)
  • The city is meeting its school creation goals but falling short of its improvement vows. (Wednesday)
  • Like all city agencies, the Department of Education is being asked to trim its budget, again. (Tuesday)
  • The principal of Fort Hamilton High School moved toward the exit as grievances mounted. (Tuesday)
  • The city has not yet fulfilled most of the promises it made last year about teacher quality. (Monday)