Rise & Shine: New York City schools back in session

FUNDING FIX A judge ordered the state Division of the Budget to unfreeze $69 million for schools once deemed “persistently struggling” but no longer designated as such. New York Times, Politico

SEEKING INTEGRATION City Councilman Brad Lander proposed a diversity initiative that would include every middle school in Brooklyn’s District 15. Chalkbeat

BRIGHTER DAYS The city successfully met a Dec. 31 deadline to remove light fixtures with toxic chemicals from public schools, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Associated Press

FUNDRAISING BOOST The Fund for Public Schools, which partners with the Department of Education to secure private funding for city schools, raised considerably more last year, under new leadership, than it did the year before. Politico

TEACHER EVALUATIONS Opinion: The city is siding with teachers and seeking to avoid outside scrutiny of teacher performance, a move that could harm students. New York Post

MEDICAL MODEL An NYU pilot program is offering “teacher residencies,” part of a growing push to give teachers in training more hands-on experience. Wall Street Journal

TRAGIC END Felicia Barahona, a former teacher at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, was killed in her home along with her four-year-old son. New York Times

Isaac Duran Infante, a former student with whom she had an illicit relationship and who fathered the child, confessed to the crime. New York Post, New York Daily NewsNew York Post

He was indicted and charged with two counts of first-degree murder. New York Times, New York Post, New York Daily News

TARDY PRINCIPAL A judge rejected the reinstatement petition of Marcella Sills, former principal of P.S. 106 in Far Rockaway, because she filed it after the deadline. New York Post

Opinion: The principal, who was chronically late for school, doesn’t deserve another shot. New York Post

TOWNSEND TURMOIL Parents, students and local lawmakers are urging the Department of Education to restart the principal hiring process at Townsend Harris High School in Queens due to concerns about Interim Acting Principal Rosemarie Jahoda. Queens Chronicle

Young journalists at Townsend Harris’ student newspaper, The Classic, have diligently covered the news. SchoolBook

BULLIED TEEN The family of a Brooklyn teen who lost vision in one eye after a bullying incident received $700,000 in a settlement after suing the city. New York Daily News

ANGRY DAD A Brooklyn father posed as his daughter, a student at the High School of Enterprise, Business and Technology, to bust the school aide he suspected of hitting on her. New York Post

COPS CALLED Police sources say the husband of Department of Education official Elif Gure-Perez called 911, accusing her of violence. Gure-Perez denies the incident took place. New York Post

MAKING GAINS Jorge Sandoval, the new principal at Academy of Urban Planning in Bushwick, is working to strengthen the struggling school. DNAInfo

POSSIBLE MOVE The Department of Education is considering moving the Urban Assembly School for Collaborative Healthcare to the campus of Boys and Girls High School in Bed-Stuy. DNAInfo

HEAD OF THE CLASS How Lee Gabay, an unconventional English teacher at Brooklyn Democracy Academy in Brownsville, reaches his students. New York Times

WOODSIDE PRINCIPAL Richard Lee, principal of Academy of the City Charter School in Queens, describes his school’s child-centered approach. DNAInfo

BUILDING BRIDGES Charlayne Hunter-Gault interviews Nadia Lopez, founding principal of Mott Hall Bridges Academy and author of “The Bridge to Brilliance.” PBS Newshour

BOOSTING CTE The Department of Education will be required to produce an annual report on career and technical education programs under a new city law. Brooklyn Daily Eagle

CHARTERS AND COLLEGE Are charter schools better at preparing students for college? Here’s what we know. City Limits

SEX ED MATTERS Opinion: How comprehensive sexual education can help fight sexism, violence and homophobia in city schools. City Limits

NOT SO FAST Matt Barnum explores eight education “myths” that should be treated with skepticism. The 74

CHARTER CHAINS Opinion: Carol Burris, executive director of the Network for Public Education, describes the threat of charter management fraud. Washington Post

TEACHER STRESS A new report found that 46 percent of teachers surveyed experience “high daily stress,” which contributes to burnout and turnover. NPR

SUMMER SCHOOL Opinion: A former city schools chancellor and an assistant professor at Cornell University argue that students nationwide would benefit from a longer school year and more free summer courses. New York Daily News