Rise & Shine: How is education policy made in New York? Here is an inside look

Good morning! Do students with disabilities in mainstream classes feel included? A new study based on surveys of more than 250,000 New York City middle-school students aims to answer that question.

Plus, we take you inside the Board of Regents meeting where policymakers approved significant changes to graduation requirements for students with disabilities. The public (and reporters) did not see the change until minutes before it passed, setting off a scramble to figure out the new policy.

— Monica

INSIDE GUIDE What is it like to cover a Board of Regents meeting where important policy changes are posted minutes before the board begins discussing them? We explain the scene in Albany earlier this week. Chalkbeat

SURVEY SAYS Students with disabilities in separate classes don’t feel more excluded than when they are in school with their non-disabled peers, according to a study based on surveys of New York City middle-school students. Chalkbeat

SUCCESS LAWSUIT A family is suing Success Academy over a lengthy suspension the charter network issued to a student. New York Daily News

STUDENT HOMELESSNESS One in every 10 students experienced homelessness at some point during the last school year, which takes a toll on learning. amNewYork

PRE-K Opinion: Enrolling in prekindergarten benefits students through eighth grade, according to a new study. New York Times