Rise & Shine: A Bronx charter school targeting hard-to-serve students is set to grow

FOSTERING HOPE A charter school that serves children who are in foster care or receiving family support services has outpaced the city average on standardized tests. Now it’s expanding to include a middle school. The idea: to keep students in a stable environment for as long as possible. Chalkbeat

DAILY DEVOS Betsy DeVos’s confirmation hearing is set for noon today. Read our roundup to get up to speed on the latest news. Chalkbeat

WATER WOES Almost 10 percent of faucets in New York City schools that have been tested had unsafe levels of lead in drinking water. NY1 

Testing at one Bronx school revealed lead levels that are higher than 16 times higher than Flint, Michigan. DNAinfo 

GOT QUESTIONS? State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia will take questions tomorrow at a PTA panel on Staten Island. Staten Island Advance

SHOW ME THE MONEY At an editorial board meeting with the New York Post, Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a swipe at Mayor Bill de Blasio over school funding. New York Post

HOLD THE PHONE Cyberbullying is up more than 350 percent since cell phones were allowed in New York City schools. New York Post 

HEADING OUT? Amid rumors that Chancellor Carmen Fariña will step down at the end of the year, the New York Post writes that voters deserve to know who would replace her. New York Post 

DEVOS DEBATE Opinion: Democrats’ 24-hour protest of Betsy DeVos as education secretary won’t flip and votes and will just “recycle the same old old talking points.” New York Post

CLOSING TIME Three catholic schools in the Bronx and one in Manhattan will close. NY1