Rise & Shine: Could New York City change admissions policies without a fight for some specialized high schools?

Good morning!

Today, our friends at The Hechinger Report take a deep dive into why it's so important to teach students to read by third grade — and how one Bronx school got results after changing the way it teaches early literacy. Plus, integration advocates wonder why the city doesn't act to change admissions polices at the specialized high schools that the mayor controls. And some New York City schools record unhealthy levels of noise from street sounds.

— Christina

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LITTLE LEARNERS A Bronx school has changed the way it teaches its youngest students to read in an effort to set students on the right educational track. The Hechinger Report

SPECIALIZED HIGH SCHOOLS Integration advocates say the city could change admissions at five specialized high schools that were designated by the city — but city officials worry such a move would be legally challenged. Politico

SOUND OFF Some city schools record unhealthy levels of noise from surrounding construction sites, traffic, and other street sounds. City Limits

MAKING PLANS After an extensive engagement process, community members are recommending eliminating selective admissions for middle schools in Brooklyn’s District 15. City Limits, Chalkbeat (June 20)

PROBE PENDING A teacher who was accused of stepping on students’ backs during a lesson on slavery and a principal who reportedly barred lessons on black history month are still under investigation but remain on the city’s payroll. New York Daily News

SCHOOL’S OUT Opinion: The drop in students attending summer school means that “unprepared” students will be promoted to the next grade. New York Post

SAFETY FIRST A former College of Staten Island professor invented an alert system that allows teachers to call for help in the event of a school shooting. Staten Island Advance

SUIT UP A 5-year-old girl fell through the bleachers and fractured her skull at the Tottenville High School athletic fields, according to a lawsuit.  Staten Island Advance