Rise & Shine: Charter advocacy group Families for Excellent Schools will close

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After losing a bruising political fight -- and its CEO -- the charter advocacy group Families for Excellent schools announced Monday that it would stop operating.  The group has been a reliable critic of Mayor Bill de Blasio at a time when many charter supporters have taken a less combative approach.

Also, in a rare move, the city will give a Brooklyn high school another chance to turn around after initially being targeted for closure. Plus: Facing state lawmakers, de Blasio doubled-down on his decision to conduct a closed-door search for a new schools chief, and defended the city's spending on needy schools.

-- Christina

CLOSING TIME Families for Excellent Schools, the pro-charter group that has been a fierce opponent of Mayor Bill de Blasio, is shutting down. The news comes shortly after the organization’s CEO was fired for “inappropriate behavior.” Chalkbeat, Politico, New York Times, New York Daily News, New York Post

ANOTHER CHANCE Slated for closure, Brooklyn Collegiate: A College Board School will instead get a rare reprieve. The Renewal school will get another year to try to improve, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Monday during a state budget hearing. Chalkbeat

MONEY MATTERS In Albany on Monday, de Blasio said he won’t “crowdsource” the search for a new schools chancellor and defended the city’s spending on needy schools through initiatives like Renewal. Chalkbeat

AN APP FOR THAT Applications are open for 3-K for All, the city’s free preschool program for 3-year-olds. NY1, Staten Island AdvanceChalkbeat (Feb. 2)

ANTI-BIAS TRAINING After a teacher stepped on students’ backs for a lesson about slavery, parents will rally to demand anti-bias training for the city’s educators. New York Daily News

BLM IN EDU Opinion: The teachers union’s decision to reject a proposal to support Black Lives Matter, “only impedes the school system’s progress towards racial justice.” New York Daily News

SCHOOL DANCE Opinion: A Staten Island elementary school’s decision to put its father-daughter dance on hold in light of the city’s gender guidelines is “punishing kids and parents.” New York Post

DRUGGED DRIVING The Staten Island Community Education Council honored police officers who developed training for identifying drivers who may be under the influence of drugs. Staten Island Advance

INSPIRED WORDS Brooklyn and Staten Island students can enter a Presidents Day writing contest. Staten Island Advance

TIME CRUNCH A new study concludes that teachers need more time to collaborate and plan. Staten Island Advance

NEIGHBORING SCHOOLS A study of New York City schools shows that traditional public schools do better when they are near charters. The 74

DATA CRUNCH Charter school networks are investing in data tools. Are they worth the money? EdSurge