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Rise & Shine: A school community rallies after immigration scare

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Less than a week after U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents parked on the sidewalk outside Castle Bridge School in Washington Heights, community members rallied in solidarity. The incident had set the school — where 70 percent of students are Hispanic — on edge.

Up in Albany, state policymakers explained a new graduation pathway for budding artists. By 2022, students across the state will be able to substitute an arts portfolio for a fifth Regents exam.

Finally, Chancellor Richard Carranza stopped by the Citywide Council on English Language Learners last night and took questions from parents, riffed on his daughter's attendance at a specialized school in San Francisco, and more.

—Alex Zimmerman, reporter

COMMUNITY RESPONSE Community members rallied in support of the Castle Bridge School in Washington Heights Tuesday after U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents parked on a sidewalk outside the school. Chalkbeat

GETTING TO GRADUATION State officials are slowly rolling out a new graduation option that would allow students to submit a portfolio of work to substitute for a fifth Regents exam. Chalkbeat

REAL LEARNING A group of real-estate executives are giving high school and college students a crash course in development. Wall Street Journal

SCHOOL SAFETY Opinion: The education department’s approach to suspensions isn’t working in some schools, argues State Sen. Leroy Comrie, who represents Queens. New York Post

MOAR MEAT Opinion: Mayor Bill de Blasio should cancel meatless Mondays in city schools. New York Post

DELAYED DECISION High school admission notifications still haven’t gone out to students, adding to an anxiety-prone admissions process. WNYC, Chalkbeat (3/4)

HOMELESS CRISIS Student homelessness is on the rise across the country, according to one study. Education Week