Rise & Shine: How more guidance counselors helped change one Bronx school

SINGLE SHEPHERD After the New York City Department of Education launched Single Shepherd, a program that placed more than 100 additional counselors and social workers in two of the city’s neediest districts, one Bronx guidance counselor says he’s no longer merely “putting out fires.” Chalkbeat

FUNDING FIGHT During a legislative budget hearing on education, state legislators and policymakers called for a full phase-in for the formula designed to allocate more funding to high-needs schools. Chalkbeat

GETTING TO GRADUATION At a legislative hearing on Tuesday, lawmakers signaled their support for changing graduation requirements. Chalkbeat

THE STATE OF SCHOOLS Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City address barely touched on education issues. Only three paragraphs out of a more than hour-long speech mentioned city schools. Chalkbeat

DIVERSITY DEBATE Chancellor Carmen Fariña appeared to excuse racial segregation in New York City pre-K classrooms as a product of “parent choice.” Chalkbeat, New York Daily News

LOST IN TRANSLATION After testing showed elevated lead levels in the water at an Inwood dual language school, it took more than a week for a letter to parents to be translated to Spanish. DNAinfo 

LABOR OF LOVE The parent coordinator at Dos Puentes Elementary in Washington Heights works hard to get families involved at school “so the child can see that their parents indeed love them.” DNAinfo

HEAVY METAL After changes to the way testing is done, and a new round of letters went home to parents, here’s what you need to know about lead levels in water at schools. DNAinfo

VOICE OF EXPERIENCE New York City is expanding a mentorship program that pairs high school graduates with their alma maters in the hopes of inspiring more students to get to college. New York Daily News

IMMIGRATION WORRIES After recent immigration raids on Staten Island, the children of undocumented immigrants bring their fears to school. “At school, we talk about it. We say we’re all going to miss each other,” one student said. Staten Island Advance 

THE COST OF FREE How much would it cost to provide free lunch to elementary school students? Advocates say about $4 million, but the Independent Budget Office estimates the number is closer to $37 million. NY1 

CHEER SQUAD The cheerleading team at P.S. 307 in Vinegar Hill placed sixth in a national competition. The team raised $20,000 to travel to the competition. DNAinfo 

THE ROOM WHERE IT HAPPENS Hundreds of teachers from across the city won free tickets to see Hamilton. Staten Island Advance