Rise & Shine: Advocates press de Blasio to reduce class sizes

Good morning!

Before we get to the news, a quick introduction: Zipporah Osei, a journalism student at Northeastern University, is joining us for a reporting internship this summer. Please help us welcome her to the beat! Zipporah's first story touches on a perennial issue: overcrowded classrooms. Advocates and elected officials gathered Tuesday to press the mayor to include class size reductions as part of a final budget deal.

Also in today's roundup, city officials pushed back the deadline to bid on on early childhood education contracts amid growing criticism that the city has not prioritized pay increase for teachers who work in community centers — earning salaries that lag far behind their district school peers.

Finally, don't miss this explainer on the contentious debate about whether charter schools hurt traditional district schools.

—Alex Zimmerman, reporter

GOING SMALL Advocates and several elected officials rallied on Tuesday to press the city to reduce class sizes. Chalkbeat

PAY PARITY City officials pushed back a deadline to bid on early childhood education contracts, which some are hoping is a signal that the city might boost pay for community-based preschool teachers. Chalkbeat

FUNDING FIGHT Do charters sap resources from traditional district schools? Here’s what the evidence shows. Chalkbeat

BAD EXPERIMENT A former student at Beacon High School testified in court about a science experiment that left a classmate badly burned. New York Daily News, New York Post

MEASLES City health officials said there was a reduction in new measles cases, but stressed that vaccinations are still essential. Ten schools have been closed in recent months because of the outbreak. Wall Street Journal

LUNCH HOUR About half of the city’s schools begin serving lunch before 11 a.m. City Limits

CARRANZA WATCH The schools chancellor promoted the city’s new diversity efforts and defended his hiring practices in a television interview. PIX11