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Rise & Shine: Meet a Brooklyn educator dedicated to helping homeless students

Happy election day!

It's finally time for voters to head to the polls for elections that could be deeply consequential for education policy. We'll be paying close attention to how the vote could affect charter schools, spending on education, lots more in the classroom. We also have a national roundup of races to watch if you care about education.

The Regents continue another day of busy meetings after giving an initial nod of approval on Monday for a batch of new charter schools — bringing the state even closer to its cap. They also said they would extend a moratorium on using students' test schools in teacher evaluations.

Speaking of teachers... United Federation of Teachers members approved their new contract this weekend.

Happy voting!

— Christina

IT’S OFFICIAL United Federation of Teachers members voted to approve a new contract that includes pay raises, new protections for paraprofessionals, and fewer observations for evaluations. ChalkbeatNY1, Staten Island Advance

’18 ELECTION Today’s vote could reshape education policies in New York when it comes to charter schools, funding, mayoral control, and more. Chalkbeat

ON THE BALLOT Of course, New York isn’t the only place where voters will cast ballots. Here’s a list of races across the country that education buffs should be watching. Chalkbeat

STILL WAITING A moratorium on using state test scores to evaluate teachers will likely be extended for another year, state education officials said Monday. Chalkbeat

MIND THE CAP Amid concerns and criticism, the Board of Regents cast an initial vote to approve new charter schools — leaving just eight new openings available under the state’s cap. Chalkbeat

HELPING HAND When he’s not coordinating services for homeless students, Wayne Harris, a veteran educator, runs an after-school program for Brooklyn teens who don’t have permanent housing. New York Daily News

TALKING POLITICS These eighth-graders in the Bronx aren’t old enough to vote, but they have many opinions on Donald Trump. NPR

JUST SAY NO About 40 percent of Staten Island schools don’t have a program in place to prevent drug use. Staten Island Advance

GET OUT THE VOTE New York City’s new Chief Democracy Officer has spent part of her first month on the job getting ideas for a civics curriculum. New York Daily News