Rise & Shine: Roadblocks complicate high school choice process

SCHOOL CHOICE? In theory, New York City’s choice-based system should mean all students have access to the high schools they want to attend. But that’s not always how it works. Chalkbeat

BY THE NUMBERS Some schools in the city’s high-profile Renewal program have to make only tiny improvements to meet “challenge targets,” raising questions about how quickly struggling schools are expected to make gains. Chalkbeat

GRIM STATS A new analysis shows that black and Hispanic students continue to be disproportionately subjected to police intervention in school. Chalkbeat

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER After Donald Trump’s election, one history teacher wants to arm her worried students with some “basic facts” to help put their minds at ease. Chalkbeat

DEEPLY ROOTED The principal of LREI (formerly the Little Red School House) went back to the school’s roots to help students think through the results of the presidential election. DNAinfo

DIRTY DINING State senators have proposed a bill that would require school cafeterias to post their inspection grades, just like restaurants. DNA infoStaten Island Advance

Despite a new report that found hundreds of health code violations, one union official insisted school cafeterias are “the cleanest place you can eat.” New York Daily News

At least one Staten Island school got a clean cafeteria inspection. Staten Island Advance

Opinion: Issuing public grades for school cafeterias is a good idea. New York Post

AIR BALL An Upper West Side community board rejected a private school’s plans for a fence around a rooftop basketball court. DNAinfo

FATHER FIGURES A school in Queens celebrated Bring Your Dad to School Day to encourage fathers to get involved. NY1

SMARTER TESTING Opinion: The city should do more to even the playing field when it comes to testing for gifted and talented programs. New York Daily News

FRANKLY SPEAKING Public Advocate Letitia James earns praise for straight-talking on education issues. New York Post 

SOUND OFF Should schools still teach cursive? You can voice your opinion here. Staten Island Advance

ALL CLEAR New Dorp High School was recently surrounded by police who were investigating a suspicious package. Staten Island Advance 

GUILTY/NOT GUILTY A Bronx teacher who pleaded guilty to raping his student has recanted his confession and is asking for his conviction to be overturned. New York Post

LAWSUIT Two teachers on Long Island have filed a lawsuit claiming their supervisor sexually harassed them. New York Post