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Rise & Shine: Another top education department official is out amid yellow bus crisis

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Last month, Alhassan Susso became the first New York City educator to be named the state's Teacher of the Year in two decades. That got us wondering: What's it like inside his social studies classroom? Here's a peek inside one of Susso's recent lessons on civil rights, and the surprising backstory of how he overcame a series of negative school experiences in his native Gambia to become the state's top educator.

Also in today's roundup: Read about how one student coped with not being admitted to any of her top choices in the city's notoriously complicated high school admissions process; another top education department official who oversaw transportation is gone; and the Bronx borough president released a report that is critical of the city's Computer Science for All program.



MASTER CLASS Here’s a look inside the social studies classroom of Alhassan Susso, the first New York City educator named Teacher of the Year in two decades. Chalkbeat

FIRST PERSON Gabby Felitto was devastated when she didn’t get into any of her top high school choices. But after four years at her safety school, she found that “you are in charge of your success, not the school you attend.” Chalkbeat

STAFF SHAKEUP Elizabeth Rose, a senior education department official who was reassigned two weeks ago after systemic yellow bus problems emerged, has now resigned. New York Post, New York Daily News

COMP SCI CRITICISM Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. argues the city’s Computer Science for All program “does not provide students with enough classroom time in computer science,” according to a new report. New York Daily News

SAVINGS ACCOUNTS Mayor Bill de Blasio offered to open — and contribute to — college savings accounts for all kindergarteners in one district in Queens. New data shows that 94 percent of families accepted the offers. NY1

CLASSROOM MOLD A report by the city teachers union found black mold in trailers used as classrooms. New York Post

TESTING TESTING Thousands of New York City students have earned zeroes on the written portion of the state’s standardized tests. New York Post

COST QUESTIONS The city pays a rabbi nearly $100,000 a year to be a “yeshiva liaison” for school buses and pays for his driver, who earns $59,000. New York Post

BEAT THE HEAT The Staten Island Advance has a rundown of when schools in the borough will have air conditioning installed.