Rise & Shine: Despite outreach, number of city students qualifying for gifted doesn’t budge

GIFTED STATS More students in Brooklyn and the Bronx took the gifted test last year, but the number deemed eligible for the program stayed the same. Chalkbeat, Wall Street Journal

Opinion: Former schools Chancellor Harold Levy says universal testing and other measures would boost diversity in the city’s gifted programs. New York Daily News

DISCIPLINE CODE The city will soon adopt changes to the student discipline code that will further reduce suspensions. Chalkbeat

HARLEM SCHOOLS Elementary schools in the Harlem portion of District 3 are “hemorrhaging” students, according to a report by the New School’s Center for New York City Affairs. Chalkbeat

WAIT LIST Success Academy Charter Schools announced that it got 17,000 applicants for 3,017 seats this year. New York Post

STILL NO DEAL The remaining sticking points in state budget negotiations include plans to boost charter school funding and raise the age of criminal responsibility for teens. New York Times, Politico, NY1

Across the state, the uncertainty is making it hard for school districts to plan for next year. Wall Street Journal

Opinion: Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie seems intent on “starving” charter schools of more funding. New York Post

ANOTHER YEAR Lawmakers appear to have agreed on another one-year extension of mayoral control of schools for Mayor Bill de Blasio. Staten Island Advance, Chalkbeat (April 5)

PUBLIC AFFAIRS The Department of Education’s public-affairs budget has increased dramatically, according to a report from the pro-charter group Families for Excellent Schools. The city disputes the report. New York Post

TEACHER SUING A Queens teacher is suing to reverse her four-week suspension for threatening to kill a student she thought was about to strike her. New York Daily News