Rise & Shine: De Blasio’s Renewal school turnaround program loses its leader — to the outgoing chancellor’s pet project

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School is in session despite the threat of winter weather. But we have plenty of news to keep you busy if you're hunkered down! Here are today's headlines.

The incoming schools chief, Houston Superintendent Richard Carranza, will likely have to delicately navigate a unique arrangement once he gets to New York City. Though outgoing chancellors have typically steered clear of the education department, allowing their successors to occupy the spotlight, retiring Chancellor Carmen Fariña plans on sticking around to oversee a pet project for schools that share the same campus.

To do that work, she'll have the help of Aimee Horowitz, who is leaving the mayor's high profile Renewal school turnaround office.

Also, we have reaction from Houston, where school board members are left to negotiate the terms of Carranza's departure, given that his contract runs through 2019. While the board appears to have taken the news in stride, the Houston Chronicle came down harshly on Carranza, who is leaving after just 18 months on the job.

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RENEWAL SHAKEUP Aimee Horowitz, superintendent of the Renewal turnaround program, has taken a new role in the education department. She will now head a pet project of outgoing Chancellor Carmen Fariña. Chalkbeat

SEE YOU LATER  Though there’s a new chancellor in line for New York City, Fariña is sticking around through the transition and also after her replacement, Houston Superintendent Richard Carranza, takes over the education department. The overlap suggests that the incoming chancellor will have to delicately navigate the arrangement as he finds his own footing. Chalkbeat

PARTING WAYS At a press conference on Tuesday, local leaders did not put up a fight to keep their schools chief — in stark contrast to the scene that played out in Miami when their superintendent was expected to take the top job in New York City. Chalkbeat

SAME STORY Opinion: New York City schools seem to be headed towards more of the same with Carranza at the helm. New York Daily News

HEAR ME OUT Opinion: The mayor missed an opportunity to get public input on the search for a new chancellor. “New York needs more public discussion, not less, about what we want from our school system.” New York Post

EXAMINE THE RECORD Critics question Carranza’s track record in his previous posts. New York Daily News

THAT WAS FAST Opinion: After a mere 18 months as the head of Houston’s schools, Carranza “leaves behind the chaos of unfinished work” before even establishing his own track record. Houston Chronicle

(NO) SNOW DAY New York City public schools remain open through a predicted snow storm. NY1, Staten Island Advance

But some private schools on Staten Island canceled class or rescheduled events for incoming freshmen. Staten Island Advance

PROTEST BY THE RULES The education department is laying ground rules for a planned student walkout to call for more gun control. Staten Island Advance

EXPRESS YOURSELF The Bronx Museum works with schools so students can use art to work against gun violence. Observer

AFTER GRADUATION City councilman Mark Treyger is expected to introduce a bill that gives recent grads first dibs on public sector jobs. New York Post

MAKING MUSIC Students from the Parkland high school where 17 people were killed in a shooting got to perform at Carnegie Hall. New York Post

NOT OVER YET Supporters of P.S. 92 in the Bronx haven’t given up their fight to save their school, even after the city’s Panel for Educational Policy voted to close it. News 12

STAYING STRONG Brooklyn students will design projects to protect their communities from environmental disasters thanks to a grant. Brooklyn Eagle

SICK DAY After construction crews pierces a gas line, students and teachers at a Far Rockaway school got sick from fumes. New York Post

READY TO RUN? Actress and education activist Cynthia Nixon appears to be moving closer towards a decision on whether to run for governor. NY1, New York Times, Politico

MODERN HISTORY Students head back to the classroom in West Virginia after teachers went on strike for almost two weeks to call for better pay. Just like teachers strikes before it, the historic protest springs from social upheaval. Educators in West Virginia are among the lowest paid in the country, even as they struggle to help their students through the opioid crisis and deep economic issues. New York Times