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Rise & Shine: In town halls, Carranza introduces himself and promises to ask tough questions

Good morning!

The new schools chancellor continued his introductory tour of New York City with a pair of town halls on Monday. Speaking with students and then parents, Chancellor Richard Carranza promised to lead "as a consensus builder, and in some cases a provocateur.” Carranza took the opportunity to introduce himself, and students asked about disparities in student discipline, segregation, and metal detectors.

Also, read about one teen's less-than-ideal experience with the city's DREAM program, which is supposed to help students prepare for the specialized high school test. And take a peek into classrooms across the country that are dealing with a decade of cuts to education spending.

-- Christina

OPEN FORUM In town halls at Brooklyn Technical High School, the new schools Chancellor Richard Carranza addressed school safety issues, shared his views on special education, and said he plans to roll out implicit bias training for teachers and administrators. Chalkbeat, WNYC

FIRST PERSON A Brooklyn teen with her sights set on Stuyvesant hoped that the city’s DREAM prep program would help her score high enough on the specialized high school exam to earn a seat at the elite school. But she was disappointed with what she found, and now sees the test as a roadblock for low-income students. Chalkbeat

LIFE LESSONS A Bronx teacher brought #MeToo to her classroom with a series of lessons about feminism and gender roles. WNYC

PHOTO EVIDENCE Teachers across the country have struck to demand better wages and more education funding. Here is a round-up of photos that show the working and learning conditions in U.S. schools. New York Times

THE BIG PICTURE Carranza’s task as the new chancellor is to make sure the mayor’s agenda gets implemented well — in contrast to his predecessor, who critics say struggled to take systemic approaches. Politico

UNDOING RACISM Former Panel for Educational Policy member Elzora Cleveland writes that the current city administration “has danced around issues of systemic racism in schools.” She hopes Carranza will do more to make schools inclusive for all students. Gotham Gazette

NYC SAYS ENOUGH Students will rally on Friday in another protest to call for an end to gun violence. Patch

STAYING SAFE Pressed on safety issues, Carranza told the Staten Island Advance editorial board that students need school environments where they feel comfortable about speaking up. But he also said the police department would be looking at schools to make sure buildings are set up safely. Staten Island Advance

IN MEMORY Tottenville High School has installed a memorial in honor of police Officer Russel Timoshenko, a graduate of the school who was later killed in the line of duty. Staten Island Advance

STEP BY STEP Here are the six elements that Carranza says are needed to build a strong school. Staten Island Advance

ON DISPLAY After working with teaching artists, a pair of Brooklyn elementary schools will have their artwork displayed at the Guggenheim. Bklyner

OPEN SESAME Opinion: The education department is downplaying the role of a lawsuit filed by the New York Post in creating new guidelines for responding to public records requests. The 74

OFF TO THE RACES Howie Hawkins, a Green Party candidate for New York governor, said his platform includes pushing for more education funding and integrating schools. Politico

(NOT SO) QUIET CAR American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten was reportedly overheard encouraging Puerto Rico teachers to call out sick to protest school choice measures recently signed into law. New York Post

Opinion: A sick-out would “add to the pain” of an island still reeling from Hurricane Maria and huge financial challenges. New York Post

POSTMORTEM MEMO An internal memo partially obtained by Chalkbeat offers an unsparing account of missteps in a Massachusetts campaign to lift a cap on charter schools — a ballot initiative known as Question 2. The report barely mentions Families for Excellent schools, the former advocacy group which had been influential in New York before it abruptly closed this year, and played a central role in the Massachusetts campaign. Chalkbeat