Rise & Shine: City officials, Amazon have no clear plan for the impact of HQ2 on Long Island City schools
The day after Reema reported on a Community Education Council meeting, where Manhattan parents decried a plan designed to diversify New York City’s most sought-after high schools, new stories continued to appear about the parents’ reactions, both in favor of and against the plan.
On Twitter, the journalist and MacArthur “genius” award winner Nikole Hannah-Jones, who has written extensively on the resegregation of American schools, criticized opposition to the proposal. She also related the views of black and Hispanic students who met the same night to give voice to the negative impact of their low acceptance rates to the city’s specialized high schools.
Another report described an organization that is helping low-income students apply to the schools. And in an unrelated story, a Brooklyn parent shared how being the only black student at a city public school took a toll on her daughter — until she was placed in the class of the school’s sole black teacher.
In other news, some within the orthodox Jewish community are saying they will defy state oversight of the city’s yeshivas, which receive public funds. The nation’s first teachers against a charter school network began in Chicago, and Indianapolis’ schools chief discussed the state of the schools that he will be leaving behind as he heads to run Washington, D.C.’s school system.
— Sara Mosle, New York bureau chief
FALLOUT The angry reaction of Manhattan parents to the presentation of an education department proposal to diversify the city’s specialized high schools continued to draw scrutiny. The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post
Students from Teens Take Charge described why they support the diversity plan. Bklyner
Each year, this non-profit group helps talented, low-income students apply to the city’s specialized high schools. News 12
ROLE MODEL A Brooklyn parent described the positive impact a single black teacher has had on her daughter, the only black student at her public school. Chalkbeat
WINGING IT City officials and Amazon have no clear plans for how to absorb the children of the company’s employees at its planned HQ2 in Long Island City. City Lab
DEFIANCE A revered figure among some in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community has declared it will not cooperate with state officials charged with overseeing the city’s yeshivas. The Forward, The Jewish Voice
SOLIDARITY Teachers at a charter network in Chicago walked off the job, the first strike of its kind in the nation. Chalkbeat
CODED One hundred and one schools in Queens have computer science programs, a number that is set to grow. QNS
MOVING ON The superintendent of the Indianapolis schools reflected on his job after announcing he’d be heading to Washington, D.C. to become its schools chief. Chalkbeat
OPINION A feminist and Democrat explains why she supports Betsy DeVos’ Title IX reforms. The New York Times