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Rise & Shine: How safe are immigrant students in New York City schools?

SAFEGUARDING IMMIGRANTS The city is trying to reassure anxious immigrants that personal information collected at school will be kept confidential. Chalkbeat

EXIT INTERVIEW Sophia Pappas, who led the city’s historic expansion of universal pre-K, reflects on her tenure as she prepares to move on. Chalkbeat

MORE LEAD The city changed its lead-testing method after experts raised concerns, and the new tests indicate far higher lead levels in some schools’ water. New York Times

COLLEGE READY? Despite high graduation rates, some city high schools have a surprisingly low percentage of students considered college-ready. New York Post

CLOSER LOOK Opinion: The city has been touting rising graduation rates at Renewal turnaround schools, but the schools still lag on college-readiness. New York Post

TUITION PLAN Some lawmakers are calling Governor Cuomo’s free tuition plan a “sham,” arguing that it won’t help as many students as he claimed. New York Post

BACK OFF Opinion: Jim Malatras, director of state operations, says Governor Cuomo’s free tuition plan isn’t getting a fair shake. New York Daily News

ADVOCACY DAY Charter schools are preparing for an annual advocacy day in Albany. New York Daily News

CHESS CHAMPS Students from Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn won their 20th city chess title. New York Daily News

NEW SCHOOL A new school for autistic children is opening at the old P.S. 51 site in the Bronx, where there were once concerns about trace chemicals. Norwood News

EXTRA CREDIT An assistant principal at Brownsville Collaborative Middle School in Brooklyn is helping a student’s family raise money for her surgery. New York Daily News

SAFETY FIRST A lawsuit alleges that New Dorp High School on Staten Island should have prevented a high school football player from playing field hockey in gym class, where he sustained a second concussion. Staten Island Advance

DOWN ON DEVOS The U.S. education secretary is not an especially powerful cabinet position, but that hasn’t dampened the opposition to Betsy DeVos. New York Times

SIDE EFFECT Opinion: A move toward vouchers would increase school segregation, argues Felicia Wong of the left-leaning Roosevelt Institute. CNN

UNFAIR ATTACK Opinion: The fight against Betsy DeVos is being driven by hostile teachers unions. New York Post

WRONG PICK Opinion: The American public deserves a knowledgable education secretary and Betsy DeVos is “out of her depth.” New York Daily News

OPPOSING DEVOS Opinion: Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) says DeVos would divert funding from public schools that serve all students, including those with disabilities.  New York Times