Rise & Shine: How one high school senior overcame a year of setbacks and got into college

GRADUATION DRAMA Just a few months ago, it looked like Eagle Academy’s Jamal Trotman might struggle to get to college: His SAT scores were under review and he missed critical application deadlines. But through a combination of hard work and mentorship, he’s headed to Morehouse College next year. Chalkbeat 

SUMMER IN THE CITY Though the number of students required to attend summer school is on a downward trend, students at the city’s lowest-performing schools are three times as likely to be funelled into the programs. Chalkbeat, New York Times, New York Daily News

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS “Even though we are in a charter, we still have to deal with an overly large system that is not aligned for children,” argues Steven Evangelista, co-founder of Harlem Link Charter School. Chalkbeat

SPACE RACE A letter sent to city hall by some of New York’s biggest charter school leaders claims the city is denying them classroom space despite having 150,000 empty seats. New York Daily News

NEW PRINCIPAL The principal for M.S. 297, the newest middle school in District 2, will be Jacqui Getz, currently the principal at P.S. 126 Manhattan Academy of Technology. DNAinfo

COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN New York City is in the midst of testing lead levels in water at all of its 1,800 school buildings, but communications on test results didn’t reach some parents, including at schools with the most elevated lead levels. DNAinfo

PARENT TRAP Here’s how M.S. 22 in the Bronx is getting parents more involved. SchoolBook

COLLEGE READY? Opinion: A new report shows that even if more students are graduating, the city shouldn’t be proud that only 35 percent of them were college ready last year. New York Post

RECORD RUN Meet Keila Merino, an elementary school teacher at P.S. 114 who plans to break a world record by running from Los Angeles to New York in fewer than 69 days, and hopes to inspire students to be more active in the process. New York Daily News

HOMELESS GRADS About 100 students who battled homelessness and managed to graduate and get into college were honored Wednesday night in Midtown. ABC

NAME RECOGNITION The FDNY High School for Fire and Life Safety on Pennsylvania Avenue in East New York was named in honor of FDNY Captain Vernon Richard, who died in the September 11th attacks. ABC7New York Daily News

WALK THIS WAY The NYPD is seeking applicants for school crossing guard positions. Staten Island Advance