Rise & Shine: New York City is expanding its integration program

Good morning! City officials are increasing the number of schools in New York City's integration program, bringing the total to 42 participating schools. In the latest round, officials added highly selective schools like Bard High School Early College in Queens and P.S. 77 The Lower Lab School in Manhattan.

Plus, racial achievement gaps are present early for New York City students, but grow even wider as students get older, according to an analysis released by the city's Independent Budget Office.

— Monica

SCHOOL INTEGRATION New York City is expanding its integration program, bringing the total number of participating schools to 42. Chalkbeat

MIND THE GAP The racial achievement gap between students in New York City becomes worse as students get older, according to a new analysis of state test-score data by the city’s Independent Budget Office. Chalkbeat, The 74

GRAD RATES A new report by the Center for an Urban Future discusses how low-income students struggle to graduate from CUNY schools. Wall Street Journal

CRYSTAL CLEAR Students at 227 schools will get free vision tests and glasses. New York Daily News

HELP WANTED Parents and politicians are pushing for schools to have Narcan after a teacher was found dead in a Bronx school from an apparent overdose. New York Daily News

HORRIBLE ACT A high school student allegedly raped a fellow student in a school stairwell. New York Post, NBC New York, CBS New York

CONTROVERSIAL PRINCIPAL Parents and community members attended a divisive meeting on Monday about the acting principal of Port Richmond High School. NY1

NEW PLAN Sixth and seventh graders at an Upper West Side school could be forced to transfer schools if the plan is approved by the Panel for Educational Policy. Patch 

LEAD PROBLEMS Opinion: New York City officials should do something about lead in school water. Brooklyn Daily Eagle