Rise & Shine: Lawmakers ask tough questions about ‘Renewal’ program

Good morning! Education department officials fielded difficult questions from lawmakers about the city's "Renewal" program on Tuesday. Councilman Mark Treyger, during his first oversight hearing as chairman of city council’s education committee, questioned the implementation and results of the city's school turnaround effort. In addition, Public Advocate Letitia James criticized the program.

Plus, the city has not yet named a replacement for Chancellor Carmen Fariña, who has said she plans to retire before the end of this year. However, advocates are weighing in on what they'd like to see.

— Monica

RENEWAL SCHOOLS New York City lawmakers grilled education department officials at a city council hearing on Mayor Bill de Blasio’s school-improvement program. Chalkbeat

During the hearing, Public Advocate Letitia James criticized the city’s “Renewal” program. New York Post

GOODBYE TOUR Retiring Chancellor Carmen Fariña reflected on her tenure in another interview, which included a conversation about the city’s yeshivas. CBS2

THE SEARCH Two advocates, David Kirkland and Natasha Caper, submitted a letter that explains what they want to see in a new chancellor. Chalkbeat

WARNING The city has received at least 40 threats against schools in the wake of the Florida school shooting. New York Post, Patch, New York Daily News

GUN VIOLENCE Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to have a town hall event to help New York City students mobilize against gun violence. Patch

ARMED TEACHERS Opinion: Arming teachers is not a bad idea, say two advocates who argue the plan is working in other states. New York Daily News

CITY COUNCIL A new city council bill would require school officials to distribute informational pamphlets about opioids to students. CBS New York

MONEY MATTERS Gov. Andrew Cuomo and gubernatorial candidate Sen. John DeFrancisco argued over whether the governor has failed to release $2 billion in school funding. New York Post