Rise & Shine: How can schools help English learners graduate?

PATH TO GRADUATION The city has struggled with English Language Learner graduation rates. Are there lessons to be learned from schools that have successfully helped English learners earn a diploma? Chalkbeat

COLLEGE PLAN Should the state’s college affordability plan help low-income students pay for non-tuition expenses? The Hechinger Report shares the story of a mother and son who would not benefit from Cuomo’s current proposal. Hechinger Report 

FUNDING FIGHT Charter school tuition could increase more than what the city has budgeted, according to a report from the city’s Independent Budget Office. New York Daily News, New York Post, Village Voice

BIG CUTS Opinion: Trump’s budget proposal risks “devastating harm” to New York’s students, writes Ian Rosenblum, executive director of The Education Trust—New York and Arva Rice, president and CEO of the New York Urban League. New York Daily News

NEWS TO USE At a school in Coney Island, students are learning how to recognize fake news. New York Times

OFF THE FIELD The principal of Business of Sports School talks about getting students interested in the sports world behind the scenes. DNAinfo 

STUDENT VOICE Opinion: There should be more funding for comprehensive sex education in New York City schools, writes Sherell Farmer, a high school student. Gotham Gazette

PAINTING PROTEST East Harlem students helped paint a mural protesting Trump’s immigration policies. New York Daily News

WHIZ KIDS The Daily News crowned another spelling bee champion. New York Daily News

BROOKLYN BUDGETS Brooklyn residents can soon vote to fund projects at their local schools. DNAinfo 

TESTING TESTING Opinion: Parents refuse to let their children take state tests because they don’t want schools to spend time preparing students for standardized tests. Journal News