Rise & Shine: City unveils plans to help fix its dysfunctional special education data system

FIX IT The city plans to spend $6.3 million and has created a dozen new staff positions to help fix the Special Education Student Information System, or SESIS. Chalkbeat

BE STRONG New York state’s education commissioner sent a letter to school leaders urging them to review their policies related to bullying, harassment, and discrimination after a wave of “disturbing” post-election incidents were reported. Chalkbeat

SURPRISE VISIT Ivanka Trump toured a Success Academy school in Harlem the day after Success Academy founder Eva Moskowitz said she was not interested in serving as education secretary in a Trump administration. New York Daily News, New York Post, Politico New York, DNAinfo 

WHAT DO YOU MEAN? What would Michelle Rhee’s appointment as U.S. Education Secretary say about Trump’s education agenda? Chalkbeat breaks down the answer. Chalkbeat

PAUSE BUTTON A proposal to desegregate schools in District 1 has been put on hold but has not been ruled out for the fall of 2018. New York TimesSchoolBook

TESTING TESTING More than half of the city’s high school juniors took the SAT for the first time, driven in part by a pilot program that lets some students take the test for free during the day. Chalkbeat, NY1

SAT scores citywide also dropped slightly. New York Daily News

Asian students scored higher than their peers on the math section of the SAT. New York Post

CHOICE CHAT A Trump presidency could mean a massive investment in school choice, and some experts are starting to predict what that could look like. DNAinfo 

Opinion: President-elect Trump should help create high quality charter schools rather than “growing the sector for growth’s sake,” writes New York City Charter School Center CEO James Merriman. New York Daily News

MOVING OUT P.S. 191 has been approved to move into a new school building on West End Avenue that is opening this fall. DNAinfo

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOICE Students applying to 75 Morton, a new middle school opening in District 2 next year, will not have to rank the school first on applications. DNAinfo

LISTEN UP Opinion: The state’s education commissioner has demonstrated “real leadership” and made changes based on listening to parents and educators, writes one instructional coach for teachers. Journal News

SCIENCE RULES A group of middle school girls toured the Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant with a program designed to interest young women in STEM fields. New York Daily News

TAKE IT SLOW Some Queens parents and students are trying to make streets around city schools into slow zones. New York Daily News

SPACE NEEDED Editorial: Mayor Bill de Blasio is embracing a “separate and unequal” school system by making it difficult for Success Academy to find school space. New York Post