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Rise & Shine: Amid revelations about child lead exposure, de Blasio expands testing

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It might seem obvious to suggest that suspensions have negative effects on student performance — especially since suspensions are linked to higher dropout rates and an increased likelihood of getting tangled up in the juvenile justice system.

But it is difficult to say definitively whether the suspension actually caused those negative effects, or if other factors that led to the suspension in the first place played a role (or some combination of both). A new study tries to disentangle that problem, and finds that in New York City, suspensions themselves seem to contribute to negative academic outcomes for high school students.

Also in today's roundup, Success Academy parents are suing the education department, arguing that city officials have routinely denied and delayed access to special education services. The lawsuit paints the charter network as fighting for students with disabilities — a stark contrast with complaints that some critics often level at the network.

—Alex


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CAUSE AND EFFECT A new study focusing on suspensions issued to New York City high school students finds that suspensions lead to higher dropout rates and other academic problems. Chalkbeat

SUIT UP The city’s education department has delayed and denied access to special education services for students at Success Academy schools in the Bronx, according to a new lawsuit filed by parents in the charter network. Chalkbeat, New York Daily News

GETTING THE LEAD OUT Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to test for lead in every New York City Housing Authority apartment where lead paint may have been applied, a massive expansion that comes after the city acknowledged that 800 children tested positive for lead poisoning. New York Times, New York Daily News

New research suggests cities can mitigate the negative learning and behavioral effects of lead exposure. Chalkbeat

CHANCELLOR CRITIQUE Editorial: Some of Chancellor Richard Carranza’s early policy moves — on specialized high schools and saving a Harlem middle school from closure — are misguided. New York Post

P-TECH Employers are increasingly looking to train high school students through partnerships with local schools, including in New York City. CNN

EXPLAINER Here’s everything you should know about Betsy DeVos’ decision to scrap Obama-era guidance on race in school admissions — and what it could mean for K-12 schools. Chalkbeat