New York

Rise & Shine: 12-year-old boy arrested for anti-semitic graffiti in Queens schoolyard

Happy Friday!

Parents, educators, and activists gathered Thursday night in Harlem to comment on three new Manhattan charter school proposals. And while the audience skewed toward charter school supporters, New York City is rapidly approaching the legal limit on the number of charters that can open.

Also in charter school news, Achievement First is grappling with the fallout of an incident in Connecticut in which a principal was caught on video shoving a student and a staffer's description of the school as "oppressive." That has set off a broader reckoning within the network, which operates 20 schools in Brooklyn, including whether to modify its strict rules or even change its leadership.

Enjoy!

—Alex Zimmerman, reporter

 

CHARTER CHATTER Educators, parents, and activists debated three new charter proposals Thursday night, inching closer to the charter school cap. Chalkbeat

Opinion: The state legislature should lift the charter cap, argues Ray Domanico of the Manhattan Institute. The New York Post also editorialized that position.

ACHIEVING CHANGE A major controversy at one Achievement First school in Connecticut has morphed into a larger reckoning about the network itself, which operates 20 schools in Brooklyn. Chalkbeat

RENEWED DEBATE Opinion: Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s approach to low-performing schools was more effective than Mayor Bill de Blasio’s, argues the Manhattan Institute’s Marcus Winters. New York Post

ENGLISH LEARNERS New York is struggling to serve students who aren’t native English speakers. NBC

GRAFFITI ARREST A 12-year-old boy was arrested for writing anti-semitic graffiti on a Queens school playground. New York Post

HEALTH RISK A measles outbreak in the city’s Orthodox Jewish community has hit some yeshivas particularly hard. Wall Street Journal, New York Post