Rise & Shine: Here is the story behind Families for Excellent Schools’ sudden closure

Good morning! Families for Excellent Schools, a formerly powerful charter advocacy group in New York, announced its abrupt closure earlier this week. But long before the organization officially announced it would shutter operations, it was losing influence and making a string of mistakes. Here is the story behind the group's demise.

— Monica

END OF FES Before Families for Excellent Schools announced it would close, the organization had been losing ground in the charter advocacy space. Chalkbeat

SICK STUDENTS Stuyvesant High School alumni say they became sick after exposure to toxic dust after the Sept. 11th attacks. New York Daily News, NY1

SUCCESS PROTESTS At Success Academy’s high school, students protested the school’s consequences for breaking the rules. Politico New York

CONTROVERSIAL ART Sunset Park High School was forced to remove a poster depicting a police officer aiming a gun at a black child. New York Post

SCHOOL DANGER A student fired a gun inside his Bronx high school, sources tell NY1. NY1

GRAPHIC CONTENT A new video has emerged of the fatal stabbing at a Bronx school. New York Daily News

BROADWAY BASH Nearly 2,000 city public school students got an inside look at the Broadway show “Dear Evan Hansen.” CBS New York

CHANCELLOR SEARCH Opinion: When Mayor Bill de Blasio selects his next chancellor, he should look for someone interested in innovation, writes someone who worked at the city’s education department under Chancellor Dennis Walcott. New York Daily News

THERE’S A CATCH Editorial: There is good reason not to believe the “hype” about New York’s graduation rates. New York Post

PAYING THE PRICE A high school principal in Staten Island paid the city thousands of dollars after he allegedly demanded his partner be given an internship. Staten Island Advance

BAD BEHAVIOR A paraprofessional who sold narcotics on school grounds was sentenced to four years in prison. Staten Island Advance

MALCOLM X At a private high school in Queens, a student is not allowed to put the name “Malcolm X” on his senior sweater even though his name is Malcolm Xavier Combs. New York Daily News

CALIFORNIA WAY A new study suggests that California’s decision to boost school spending has improved student learning. Chalkbeat