Rise & Shine: Mayor de Blasio forced to defend his diversity plan

GRILL TIME At a press conference on Thursday, reporters pressed Mayor Bill de Blasio on the diversity plan the city released earlier this week. Chalkbeat, New York Daily NewsNew York Times, NY1

ESSA FEARS Families and educators from the city’s transfer schools are concerned that state rules under the Every Student Succeeds Act will treat their schools unfairly — leading, perhaps, to school closures. Chalkbeat

AP FOR ALL 115 schools will offer new AP courses next fall, including three schools on Staten Island that will offer AP computer science for the first time. Staten Island Advance

STUDENT LAW Students at East Side Middle School are helping to draft legislation to increase resources for LGBTQ students at all of the city’s middle and high schools. DNAinfo

EARLY SCHOOLING Opinion: Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and State Senator Dan Squadron write about the path forward for early childhood education. Gotham Gazette

PARTING WORDS Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered the commencement address at a Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn on Thursday. DNAinfo

MAYORAL CONTROL The mayor is feuding with state Senate Republicans over the future of mayoral control of city schools. Times Ledger

LACK OF FUNDS Parents in Manhattan’s District 6 held a demonstration Tuesday demanding more school funding and criticizing State Senator Marisol Alcantara for not doing more to advance their cause. DNAinfo

ANNIVERSARY DAY Here’s why city schools were closed on Thursday. Gothamist, Time Out New York

CHARTER TALK New research shows that girls outnumber boys in charter schools around the country, which some say could be caused by how the schools handle discipline. Chalkbeat