Rise & Shine: Chancellor Fariña defends test-focused charter schools as an ‘option’ for parents

CHARTERS AND TESTING New York City schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña offered a more measured take when asked about the mayor’s comments last week about charter schools and test prep. Chalkbeat

KEEPING SCORE New York State’s Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa downplayed this year’s state test scores, arguing that no one should be taking a “victory lap.” Chalkbeat, SchoolBook

At the same event, Rosa said asking newly arrived English language learners to take state tests was “the most ludicrous, abusive thing that we can do as a country.” Politico

PROUD OF PRE-K The city’s popular universal prekindergarten program is already having an impact on the youngest learners, according to Chancellor Fariña. Chalkbeat

FIRST PERSON Lauren Keville, principal of Manhattan’s P.S. 191, explains how her school transformed its approach to discipline and moved off the state’s “persistently dangerous” list. Chalkbeat

SIDE BY SIDE English language learners and students with disabilities who attended charter schools scored higher on state tests than those in district schools, according to the pro-charter group Families for Excellent Schools. New York Post

TEACHING TOOLS Kelly Vaughan, a middle-school science teacher at Brooklyn Prospect Charter School in Clinton Hill, lists the five things she can’t teach without. Chalkbeat

GROWING DREAM The city recruited roughly 300 rising eighth-graders for its specialized high school test prep program, fewer than it had hoped. SchoolBook

ZONING DEBATE Some Upper West Side parents and home owners are fighting the city’s proposal to rezone schools on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. NBC New York

BY THE NUMBERS Staten Island parents can see how their schools performed on recent math and English tests. Staten Island Advance

COURTING TROUBLE Francesco Portelos, the Staten Island teacher in a court battle with the Department of Education was portrayed as a troublemaker in court on Wednesday. Staten Island Advance

MONTCLAIR CHARTER Some parents in Montclair, New Jersey are fighting to block a French immersion charter school. Wall Street Journal

CHESS TOURNAMENT The Brooklyn Chess Festival, being held in Crown Heights this weekend, will feature a tournament for kids in first through eighth grade. DNAinfo

SAT OVERHAUL Editorial: The newly revised math section on the SAT is too dependent on reading comprehension. Journal News

SUMMER MEALS Only 1 in 6 students who need free meals over the summer are getting them. The 74