Rise & Shine: Carranza searches for a ‘theory of action’ in New York City’s Renewal program for struggling schools

Good morning!

When it comes to New York City's Renewal program for struggling schools, chancellor Richard Carranza is asking some big questions.

In an interview with Chalkbeat on Wednesday, the new schools chief said the city needs to be more clear about how it expects to stoke change through Renewal -- a pointed assessment of the mayor's high-profile and expensive initiative. "What’s our theory of action? I keep asking that question, and I get different answers," Carranza told us. (Expect more from our interview later today!)

Also: Hundreds of students across New York ran into technical problems on Wednesday while trying to take the state's computer-based tests.

And for those of you keeping up with the chancellor's week of school visits: Today, Carranza heads to Staten Island, where he is scheduled to join parents for lunch at Denino's Pizzeria. On Wednesday, tostones were on the menu as he toured high schools in Manhattan -- and pushed the importance of computer science, and career and technical education.

-- Christina


TURNAROUND TALK In an interview with Chalkbeat, Chancellor Richard Carranza stood by the mayor’s Renewal program for struggling schools — but said the city needs to be more clear about the program’s goals.  “What’s our theory of action? I keep asking that question, and I get different answers,” he said. Chalkbeat

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES About 700 students experienced computer glitches while taking their state tests on Wednesday. Given the difficulties, state education officials gave schools the option to postpone exams. Chalkbeat, Wall Street Journal

ON THE ROAD On day three of his week of school tours, Carranza visited a “Rise” school that is graduating from the city’s turnaround program. He also stopped by a science fair and sampled tostones at a culinary high school. Chalkbeat

TAKING ATTENDANCE Homeless children are already more likely to miss school, but a new report shows that they are also more likely to to be suspended — adding another nine days of missed classes. New York Times

SAFETY FIRST Parents, including the mother of a Bronx student who was stabbed to death in school, say they are worried about school safety. New York Daily News

SPLITTING UP Carranza and his former employer — the Houston school board — both agreed to end Carranza’s contract without any penalties. He ended his contract early to become schools chief in New York City. Houston Chronicle

SCHOOL BUDGETS Here’s what New York’s education budget means for charter schools, pre-K and more. The 74

EAT UP Pressed on quality of school lunches, Carranza said students should visit the education department’s test kitchen to help pick tastier menu options. CBS New York

CYBER CRIME CHARGES A Brooklyn teacher is accused of having an explicit video of a student. New York Post

CLOSE CALL A school bus on Staten Island was in a minor crash, but no one was hurt. Staten Island Advance