Rise & Shine: Officials recommend changes to Common Core learning standards

COMMON CORE After a national backlash against the Common Core, officials recommended changes to over half of the state’s learning standards. Still, despite the recommendations, some groups celebrated that the standards seem to have largely remained intact. Chalkbeat, New York Times, Newsday, Staten Island AdvanceNew York Daily News, Politico New York

EDUCATION EXPANSION The city has committed to spending an additional $113 million on enhancing and expanding career and technical education programs. Chalkbeat

BLACK LIVES MATTER KIPP, one of the country’s largest charter networks, called on its schools to take action after KIPP parent Terence Crutcher was shot and killed by a police officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Chalkbeat

SUBURBAN DIVERSITY A look at how Indianapolis is attracting suburbanites to help diversify its schools shows how suburban communities could be an important component of school integration efforts. Chalkbeat

SPECIALIZED TEST The city plans to make changes to the Specialized High School Admissions Test — which determines whether students gain entry to elite public high schools — in an attempt to make it fairer. SchoolBook

WHERE’S THE BEEF? A new burger will debut in school cafeterias Thursday made from 100 percent New York beef. DNAinfo

SCHOOL SAFETY A 20-year-old student was arrested Wednesday after being caught with a .38-caliber handgun with four bullets at Providing Urban Learners Success In Education High School. New York Daily News

METROCARD PETITION A senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Manhattan has collected more than 11,300 signatures on her petition for the city to expand its free MetroCard program. New York Daily News

PRO-CHARTER CHALLENGE Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, a charter school supporter and potential primary challenger to Mayor Bill de Blasio, will be the keynote speaker for a charter school march next week. Politico New York

PLAYTIME As researchers increasingly promote the importance of “learning as play,” should kindergarten instruction recalibrate away from more structured academic activities? Insideschools

FIRST PERSON The hardest part of starting sixth grade? Lockers. Insideschools

SCHOOL ABUSE A former student, who accused an assistant principal of sexual misconduct against her, testified in a Brooklyn courtroom. New York Daily News