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Rise & Shine: A matter of life and death

Welcome to Wednesday!

At a panel discussion yesterday, Chancellor Richard Carranza offered some of his most forceful comments yet in favor of anti-bias training and culturally responsive education. Those efforts are "not a matter of just educational practice,” he said. “In many of our communities, it’s a matter of life and death.”

Also in today's roundup, a new report looks at how former President Barack Obama's push to link teacher evaluations to test scores is playing out years later. (Spoiler alert: Several states have reversed course.)

Enjoy!

—Alex Zimmerman, reporter

LIFE AND DEATH During a panel discussion, Richard Carranza said implicit bias training and culturally responsive education are not just sound education practice  — they are urgently important for student survival. Chalkbeat

During the same event, a charter school leader made the case that students can help shape their own identities. New York Post

NO THANKS, OBAMA Fewer states are using test scores to evaluate teachers years after President Obama encouraged states to do so. Chalkbeat

IMAGINE SCHOOLS Opinion: Here are three reasons to be skeptical of the city’s plan to “reimagine” 20 schools and open 20 more. Forbes

A LEGAL MATTER A federal appeals court found the education department’s decision to fire an assistant principal was not discriminatory. Bloomberg Law

NEW SCHOOL The city is planning to build a 330-seat elementary school in Bay Ridge. Brooklyn Eagle