New York

Rise & Shine: In Bed-Stuy, some black families are turning to Afrocentric schools

Good morning!

Today, lawmakers will officially convene in Albany for what could be a historic 2019 session. What's on their plate for education?

In our cheat sheet, you'll see analysis on the big issues and priorities set by Sen. Shelley Mayer, the new chair of the Senate education committee. The Senate is where things could get really interesting, since it flipped to Democratic control in November.

In other news, among the people who are disappointed with city desegregation efforts, some black families in Brooklyn are sending their children to Afrocentric schools — institutions that are mostly made up of black students and educators.

Happy reading,

Reema Amin, reporter

CHEAT SHEET Curious about which education issues are on the agenda in Albany? As the new legislative calendar kicks off today, take a look at what will be debated, who the big players are and what the new political makeup means. Chalkbeat

AFROCENTRIC Some black families in Bedford-Stuyvesant are choosing an alternative to integration by sending their children to mostly black schools, where educators try in different ways to empower children of color.  New York Times

BUS WOES New York City Council will vote on eight bills to address a slew of school bus issues last year, including delays and bus staffers with serious criminal records. New York Daily News, WFUV, CBS

UNDERRATED The admissions exam for specialized high schools screens out girls who would academically succeed at the schools, according to a new study. Wall Street Journal, The Hechinger Report (Jan. 7)

SCREENING Advocates are calling to eliminate academic screening at dozens of middle schools in order to boost diversity. New York Daily News, Chalkbeat (Jan. 4)

DREAMING Opinion: Two lawmakers pen an argument for why New York should pass the Dream Act, which would grant tuition assistance to students regardless of their immigration status. Gotham Gazette