New York

Rise & Shine: New York City bans bias against hairstyles in schools and other public spaces

New York City public schools are closed for the annual February winter break. But before taking off last week, teens from an activist group representing more than 30 high schools criticized a report from the mayor’s School Diversity Advisory Group as insufficiently tough on segregation.

Meanwhile, New York City has banned bias against hairstyles that are closely tied to ethnic, racial or cultural identity in schools, workplaces, and other public spaces.

And as Denver digests the deal that ended that city’s teacher walkout, strike fever shows no sign of abating among educators, as teachers in Oakland, California appear next in line to walk off the job for better wages and work conditions.  

―Sara Mosle, New York bureau chief

TALKING BACK Teens took the mayor’s School Diversity Advisory Group to task for not doing enough to date to counter segregation in the city’s high schools. Chalkbeat

HAIRDOS AND DON’TS To counter discrimination, the city is banning restrictions on hairstyles closely associated with ethnic, racial and cultural identity. USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, CBS

STRIKE FEVER Following the example of their peers in Los Angeles and Denver, teachers in Oakland, California have called for a strike. Vox, The San Francisco Chronicle

ON THE MARCH Students across Europe skipped school on Friday to protest inaction on climate change. The New York Times

AMAZONING Despite abandoning plans for a new campus in Long Island City, Amazon says it will keep its commitment to support the Amazon Future Engineers program in roughly 130 city schools, as well as help promote tech careers at SUNY and CUNY. Business Insider

TOPS A website devoted to ranking schools nationwide has released its 2019 list of New York City’s best public high schools. Staten Island Live

GENDER DIVIDE Male students are likely to see their enrollment in the city’s specialized high schools fall sharply under a proposed new admissions plan, according to a new report. The New York Post

ADVOCATING CHANGE Some of the candidates for New York City’s public advocate are blasting the mayor’s plan for scrapping the Specialized High School Admissions Test. The Brooklyn Eagle

MEAL TRACKER A new study looks at whether changes in eligibility rules for the federal lunch program, often used as an indirect measure of student poverty, significantly skewed these stats. The Hechinger Report

OPINION An editorial board blasted the mayor’s plan for making school diversity one measure of school performance. The New York Post