Rise & Shine: NYC expands its LGTBQ guidelines for students

Happy Monday!

Just in time for Pride parade weekend, officials announced Friday an expansion of guidelines for how LGBTQ students should be treated in school, including making it easier for students to change their names and genders on school records.

And after the education department proposed changes to the discipline code, the public will get to weigh in at hearings in each borough through mid-July.

Enjoy your read.

—Reema Amin, reporter

NEW RULES New York City schools will make it easier for students to change their names and genders on school records, along with an expansion of guidelines around how LGTBQ students should be treated in school. Chalkbeat, New York Post

HEARINGS City officials will hold five hearings through mid-July for the public to weigh in on proposed changes to the discipline code. Chalkbeat

PROTECTION Lawyers for the boy accused of fatally stabbing a classmate in the Bronx say he had a switchblade to protect himself. NY1, New York Post

OVERCOMING ODDS A student in the Bronx persisted through three brain tumors, earning a full ride to a private school and is now heading to college. NY1

GRADE BUMPS Critics are concerned that New York City schools are inflating student grades, particularly in places where students are overwhelmingly passing a subject but are not doing well on the state assessment. The DOE says that’s comparing apples and oranges. New York Post

ADVERSITY ASIDE Homeless students who are now heading to college were recently honored for their persistence through school. NY1

INTEGRATION FIGHT Students have become loud proponents for integrating New York City schools. PBS News Hour

As the school year closed out last week, students held a sit-in at City Hall demanding stronger integration efforts. Chalkbeat (6/26)

PERSPECTIVE Opinion: Two students describe what it’s like being black at Stuyvesant High, one of the city’s specialized high schools: “Constantly being reminded that we are not wanted in the school we attend is painful, and would obstruct any hardworking student from getting the education they deserve.” New York Daily News

PROMOTION One of the women suing Chancellor Carranza for allegedly demoting her because she’s white was named the new superintendent of New Rochelle schools. New York Post, Rockland/Westchester Journal News