Rise & Shine: Class hatching projects lead to hundreds of duckling deaths at school year’s end

Make way for ducklings: Owing to egg-hatching projects in city schools, hundreds of ducklings are being released into city parks where they face almost certain death. To combat the fatalities, a state assemblywoman who represents the Upper West Side has proposed banning school hatching projects. 

Opponents of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to do away with the SHSAT, the single test governing admission to the city’s specialized high schools, spent nearly $1 million on a successful campaign to block the legislation this year. 

And two youth activists from the Bronx, pictured below, have received ESPN’s inaugural Billie Jean King Youth Leadership Award, owing to their efforts to ensure equal access to school sports in the city. You can read Chalkbeat's 2018 story about the students here.

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BIG SPENDERS Opponents of Bill de Blasio’s plan to scrap the SHSAT dropped close to $1 million on a successful campaign to block the legislation in Albany this year. Politico

WEIGHING IN State legislators have varying views on whether the legislation eliminating the SHSAT has any hope of passage in the coming year. The Brooklyn Eagle 

BABY BUST Since 2011, the number of babies born in New York has declined nearly 10 percent, owing to the difficulty of raising a family in the city — with big implications for schools. The Atlantic  

FACING SCRUTINY More than 30 students at the University of Southern California are under investigation for their ties to a figure behind a sweeping college admissions scandal, according to a new report. The New York Post 

DISPARITY Students of color are more likely to be burdened by student loans and less likely to see their investment in higher education pay off, owing to systemic racism that has produced the nation’s wealth gap. Market Watch

QUACK SCIENCE Ducks from school egg-hatching projects are being dumped by the hundreds in city parks, where the birds face almost certain death. The Patch

HATCHED PLAN A state assemblywoman wants to save the ducks by banning the use of furry or feathered friends in school hatching projects. UpperWestSide.com, Pix11

HONOR ROLL Two Bronx public high school students received an award from ESPN for their work ensuring equal access to school sports in city schools. NYLPI.org 

PICKING UP THE TAB Despite low pay and a struggle to find affordable housing, more than 95 percent of teachers are still personally paying for school supplies, according to a new survey of teachers across the country. AOL.com