Rise & Shine: Incoming schools chancellor Richard Carranza faces a long to-do list

Good morning!

A long list of to-do items faces Richard Carranza, New York City's incoming schools chancellor. School discipline, the Renewal turnaround program and improving services for needy students are just a few of the issues he'll have to take on, all while striking a relationship with his new boss, Mayor Bill de Blasio, and navigating the city's contentious charter school politics.

Plus, a member of the city's education oversight board has stepped down after voting against school closures put forward by the de Blasio administration. And the New York Board of Regents have an agenda packed with charter school business.

Happy Monday!

-- Christina

NEXT STEPS From school safety to funding and segregation, here are seven issues incoming chancellor Richard Carranza will be forced to tackle when he takes over New York City Schools. Chalkbeat

United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew weighs in on what will be on the new chancellor’s to-do list. Pix 11

A retired teacher shares her take on what the next chancellor needs to accomplish. New York Daily News

PARTING WAYS A mayoral appointee to the Panel for Educational Policy has stepped down from the oversight board after casting a deciding vote that spared two schools slated for closure — an embarrassing defeat for the de Blasio administration. ChalkbeatNew York Post

WHAT TO EXPECT Charter school approvals, integration and school funding are all on the agenda for the New York Board of Regents. Chalkbeat

GETTING ON TRACK New Visions AIM Charter High School I in Brooklyn caters to students who have fallen behind, may have been jailed, are homeless or in foster care. Huffington Post

BIRDS AND BEES With a regular “Life Knowledge” classes, Public Preparatory Network wants to help its students avoid pregnancy until they’re able to support children. Wall Street Journal

TESTING TESTING During a radio appearance, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said “we’ve got to get rid” of the entrance exam for the city’s prestigious specialized high schools, which advocates say contribute to segregation. But he also said changing admissions for the schools would require action in Albany. Patch

STARTING YOUNG Some elementary schools are planning on joining older students in a nationwide protest against gun violence. “We’ve been teaching our children for six years how to hide under their desks, but nobody has taught them how to have a voice,” one father said. Wall Street Journal

COMING SOON Carranza will take over the country’s largest school system on April 2nd. New York Times, Wall Street Journal

SETTLEMENT REVEALED The San Francisco school district has revealed how much it paid to settle a lawsuit that leveled charges of gender discrimination when Carranza was superintendent there. The payout was $75,000. New York Daily News

State Sen. Catharine Young called it “unconscionable” that de Blasio appointed Carranza despite the allegations. Olean Times Herald

COPS ON CAMPUS New York City is removing police officers from schools, but parents at Francis Lewis High School in Queens have collected at least 1,000 signatures protesting the move. New York Post, NBC 4 New York

A city councilman wants to spend millions of dollars to protect school safety agents with bullet proof vests. New York Post

‘EXCESSIVE FORCE’ A student from the same school where a fatal stabbing occurred has filed suit claiming she was shocked with a Taser. New York Post

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT Staten Island elementary schools serve vastly different students and have fewer resources depending on the neighborhood, and the education department is using a grant to try to fix the disparities. Staten Island Advance

BREAK A LEG A Chinatown elementary school aims to expose younger, more diverse students to the theater through an after school program. The Hechinger Report

CONGRATS The chess team at Edward R. Murrow High School won a state competition. New York Post

MONEY FIGHT City council members are vowing to fight against paying bus drivers seniority benefits. New York Post

HISTORY COMES ALIVE Hundreds of New York City students presented elaborate projects and performances based on important historical events for the chance to win the New York City History Day Competition and move on to nationals. New York City