Rise & Shine: Decades later, a student and teacher reconnect

SCHOOL REUNION Chalkbeat followed the story of a student and teacher at Midwood High School who found each other after many years. Chalkbeat

DRIVING CHOICE A new report from the city’s Independent  Budget Office shows that students’ backgrounds — including their test scores, middle schools, and where they live — influence the high schools they pick as their first choices.  Chalkbeat

READY TO FIGHT Some parents are “very upset” about the plan to merge two Upper West Side schools. DNAinfo

TEACHING POLITICS It’s tough to teach students about politics this election cycle. Here’s how some teachers are trying. Journal News

BEHIND THE SCENES StudentsFirstNY and NYSUT are funneling money through super PACs into state Senate races. Buffalo News

CALL FOR MORE Editorial: The city’s latest effort to expand integration programs is “absolutely necessary” and “totally insufficient.” New York Daily News

JUDGE ORDERS Three teachers received fines or suspensions after questionable actions. New York Post

FRESH PAINT 4,000 volunteers spent their Saturday brightening up about 70 public schools. NY1

PLACEMENT PROBLEM Some of those overseeing the city’s “Renewal” program for struggling schools were previously in district positions where they did not perform well. New York Post

GREEN THUMB A school in East Harlem teaches students how to grow a garden. NY1

WORK EXPERIENCE More students than ever before received internships through the city’s Ladders for Leaders program this summer. New York Daily News

NEW HUB A program for technology and health education launched in Brownsville. DNAinfo

PLACE TO DANCE Susan E. Wagner High School opened a 27,000 square-foot center for performing arts. DNAinfo, Staten Island Advance

DANGEROUS MOVE Two shots were fired into a public school’s courtyard in Brooklyn on Friday. DNAinfo

KING’S COMMENTS Editorial: U.S. Education Secretary John King deserves “kudos” for disagreeing with the NAACP’s stance on charter schools. New York Post

FRESH FRUIT A report by state Controller Thomas DiNapoli says schools struggle to create farm-to-school programs. New York Daily News