Rise & Shine: New York state officials nix literacy exam for prospective teachers

TESTING TEACHERS Prospective teachers will no longer have to take a literacy test after a vote Monday by the New York State Board of Regents. Black and Hispanic candidates fared worse on the test, and the teachers union argued it wasn’t necessary because other certification exams are already required. Chalkbeat, New York Post, WNYC, New York Times, Wall Street Journal

In an editorial, the New York Daily News called the elimination of the test a “big mistake.” New York Daily News

A BETTER WAY? A task force launched by the Bronx and Brooklyn borough presidents will tackle inequities in gifted education and the city’s specialized high schools. Chalkbeat

MIXED BAG A new report from the Manhattan Institute found that, while there are fewer school suspensions, “there is less order and discipline in the classroom” under Mayor Bill de Blasio. New York Daily News

The findings suggest that “a policy intended to help minority students has hurt them the most,” writes Max Eden, a senior fellow at the Institute. New York Daily News

RIGHT TRACK The lauded Pathways in Technology Early College High School, or P-TECH, has grown to include campuses across multiple continents. Officials say most students in the original Brooklyn class are on track to graduate with both their high school and associate’s degrees. The 74

JUST THE FACTS Student journalists at Townsend Harris High School defended themselves after a Department of Education official referred to coverage about the controversy surrounding the school’s Interim Acting Principal Rosemarie Jahoda “fake news.” The school paper, The Classic, has been closely covering an ongoing fight. Teen Vogue 

RAISE THE AGE For the first time, the state Senate’s one-house budget resolution includes a provision to raise the age at which young people are charged as adults in the criminal justice system, something advocates have lobbied for. NY1 

SNOW DAY Classes are canceled today in New York City and beyond as blizzard conditions are expected. New York Times, DNAinfo, NY1, New York Post, Staten Island Advance, FOX5NY, News12, New York Daily News,

Some parents were grateful the decision to close schools was made early on Monday, giving them time to make other plans. New York Post

Staten Island private schools also closed their doors. Staten Island Live

And here’s a listing of school closings in Midtown. Patch

LEAD TESTING Parents on Roosevelt Island aren’t too worried about elevated levels of lead found at P.S./I.S. 217 because some results are from sealed faucets that aren’t used. NY City Lens

WAITING GAME Parents are Queens are upset they’ve been waitlisted at P.S. 196 and want the city Department of Education to act. DNAinfo

CAMPUS ASSAULT Police say a 9-year-old girl was sexually assaulted at her Upper West Side school. NY1

STAY BACK A school safety agent was arrested after police said she violated a protection order for her husband. Staten Island Advance