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Rise & Shine: Little consensus from lawmakers at first Assembly hearing on specialized high schools

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Though debate over segregation in New York City's specialized high schools seems to have swallowed the whole city, it's ultimately up to state lawmakers to decide whether to change admissions policies for the elite schools. But on Friday, the first New York State Assembly hearing on the issue yielded little consensus on whether state law requiring an entry exam should be changed. In one heated exchange, Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Brooklyn Assemblyman Charles Barron talked over each other about whether grades are a good indicator of future success at the schools. Reema brings you the details.

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— Christina Veiga, reporter

 

TALKING SHSAT New York Assembly members held their first hearing on segregation in the city’s specialized high schools, but lawmakers showed little consensus about what to do. Chalkbeat, NY1, New York Post, Gothamist, New York Daily News

Opinion: Jumaane Williams, who argues the Specialized High School Admissions Test isn’t what’s keeping more black and Hispanic students from entering the schools, is “telling the truth.” New York Post

Opinion: New York City should be allowed to decide its own school issues, so the law requiring the specialized high schools admission test should be repealed. New York Daily News

PARTING WAYS The National Action Network in New York City has come out in favor of scrapping the SHSAT, pitting former ally Kristen John Foy against the Rev. All Sharpton’s group. Politico

DOESN’T COMPUTE New York City has approved a new math curriculum that some teachers say isn’t rigorous enough. Wall Street Journal

GOOD APPLE A bilingual teacher in Queens won a Big Apple award. She was inspired to teach English language learners after helping a cousin navigate the school system. NY1

STRIKE A Queens high school student excels at bowling and in the classroom. NY1

SLOW DOWN Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation approving a major expansion of the use of speed cameras in school zones. New York Post, New York Daily News

KEEPING QUIET Teachers at a Brooklyn school say they’re afraid to report violent incidents because of possible retaliation. New York Post

ADMISSIONS SCANDAL Deputy schools Chancellor Cheryl Watson-Harris got her children into selective schools, in one case after the application period had closed. New York Post

OVER-PARENTING Opinion: Parents are feeling stressed out by how many school activities require their attention. New York Post

MORE SEATS The city’s capital plan adds almost 57,000 new school seats in the next five years. Staten Island Advance

VACCINATION RATES Staten Island has the highest rate of students who are immunized. Staten Island Advance

BY THE NUMBERS The number of reported bullying incidents is up in New York City schools. Fox 5