Rise & Shine: Public Advocate calls for a ‘chief diversity officer’ to monitor school desegregation plans

CALL TO ACTION Public Advocate Letitia James called on the city to create a “chief diversity officer” to monitor the city’s integration efforts and help create a more systematic desegregation plan. Chalkbeat, New York Daily News, DNAinfo, New York 1

BARRIERS TO ENTRY How could New York City make the high school admissions process fairer? Experts suggest solutions ranging from reducing screened programs, to eliminating certain priority groups. Chalkbeat

POLICY CRITIQUE Principals union president Ernie Logan criticized the city’s new plan to track potentially abused children in public schools. New York Daily News

SPACE WARS Success Academy chief Eva Moskowitz said the city is refusing the give the charter network adequate classroom space in Brooklyn. New York Daily News

GET THE LEAD OUT Environmental advocate Heather Leibowitz argues New York should take aggressive steps to reduce exposure in schools. Gotham Gazette

It is unclear whether school custodians in Newark are actually following a policy to run water fountains and flush out lead sediment that may have collected in the pipes overnight. WNYC

FRANK CONVERSATIONS Students with disciplinary problems at three Brooklyn high schools have participated in a program that pairs them with nearby law enforcement mentors. New York Daily News

REST IN PEACE A retired principal of Staten Island’s P.S. 29, who led the school through 9/11, has died. Staten Island Advance

FLU OUTBREAK Brooklyn’s P.S. 160 was disinfected after a several students came down with a stomach flu. New York Post, New York Daily News, NBC4

CROWD CONTROL  Bronx Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz argues that reducing overcrowding should be a top priority. The Riverdale Press

STAFF ASSAULT An elementary school lunchroom attendant was charged with assault after an incident at a Harlem Applebee’s. New York Post

THINKING AHEAD Here’s when the city’s schools will break for winter recess. DNAinfo

NEW SCHOOL The city is planning to build a new 700-seat school on the site of an old Staten Island warehouse. DNAinfo

TEMPORARY LEADERSHIP After the head of City College abruptly stepped down amid a federal investigation, the school has named an interim replacement. New York Times