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Rise & Shine: A playbook for ‘de-tracking’ public schools

Good morning!

As New York City is embroiled in a debate about whether students should be sorted by academic ability, a former Connecticut school superintendent explains how he approached de-tracking schools and managed the politics of some affluent white families who resisted.

Also, in case you missed it, New York's education commissioner has a new job. And don't skip this story from our friends in Indiana about why so many students are being designated as home-schoolers instead of dropouts.

—Alex Zimmerman, reporter

FIRST PERSON Josh Starr, a former superintendent, reflects on his experience eliminating academic tracking in Connecticut and the politics of ‘keeping white people happy.’ Chalkbeat

NEW JOB After abruptly stepping down this summer from her post as New York state’s education commissioner, MaryEllen Elia is now a senior fellow at a New York-based consulting company. Chalkbeat

HIDDEN DROPOUTS Some Indiana schools appear to be writing off struggling students as home-schoolers, a practice that pad a school’s graduation rate. Chalkbeat

MASPETH MINIMUM Editorial: The education department should have been asking questions before a cheating scandal erupted at Maspeth High School. New York Post

PAY PARITY Opinion: Mayor Bill de Blasio has agreed to fund salary bumps for some pre-K educators, but there’s still a lot more to be done. New York Daily News

CLIMATE PROTEST Students will be excused from class for climate protests on Friday. Fox News, CNN, Fox News 

Opinion: The education department is wrongly putting its thumb on the scales in favor of speech top officials support. Staten Island Advance

MILK MINUS CHOCOLATE The education department is considering removing chocolate milk from city schools. NBC4