Rise & Shine: A new proposal to keep NYC’s teachers from leaving

Good morning!

Comptroller Scott Stringer is floating a multi-million-dollar proposal to keep teachers in New York City by establishing year-long residencies. Stringer's concerns and game plan give more insight into what his education agenda could look like if he runs for mayor.

A WNYC investigation found that four New York City elementary schools had high levels of lead-paint contamination. While the city said it couldn't corroborate the findings and defended its protocols, Councilman Mark Treyger said the report signals an "emergency."

And last week, about 2,000 students graduated from a program that prepares adults to take the high school equivalency exam. Over the years, it has evolved beyond just test preparation and is expected to grow.

Read up.

—Reema Amin, reporter

STAYING PUT Comptroller Scott Stringer wants to keep more teachers in New York City by establishing what he describes as the largest teacher residency model in the U.S. Chalkbeat, New York Post

LEAD PAINT In an investigation of four elementary schools, WNYC found high levels of lead-paint contamination and instances of peeling and chipped paint. WNYC

HATS OFF Hundreds of students recently graduated from the city’s Pathways to Graduation program, which prepares adults for the high school equivalency exam. Officials say the program is only expected to grow from here. Chalkbeat

MOVING ON Lisa Mars, the embattled principal of LaGuardia High School, is leaving her post for a job at the central office. Wall Street Journal, Chalkbeat, New York Post

RIGHT AND WRONG Opinion: A veteran city teacher supports restorative justice but doesn’t think a 20-day cap on suspensions, with exceptions, is the best kind of discipline reform. New York Daily News

SHSAT Mayor Bill de Blasio’s controversial plan to diversify the specialized high schools fell flat once again in Albany, faced with intense racial division and well-funded lobbying against the proposal. New York Times

The plan’s fate was apparent to multiple lawmakers last week, even after it passed through the Assembly’s education committee. Chalkbeat (6/18)

DEFLECTING Opinion: A writer argues that Chancellor Richard Carranza is deflecting criticism of his hiring practices by placing the focus on race. National Review

BAD EXPERIMENT The principal of Beacon High School said she made a mistake regarding safety standards in the case of a student who was badly burned from a chemistry experiment in January 2014. New York Post, New York Daily News

MENTORING THE MENTOR Can mentors for newer teachers help them be successful and inspire them to come back? A reporter spent one school year finding out. The 74

ZONING CHANGE A potential rezoning of some District 15 elementary schools could mean getting rid of zoning lines completely. Patch, Chalkbeat(6/21)