Rise & Shine: Officials unveil yet another Upper West Side integration plan

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The Children’s Aid College Prep Charter School in the Bronx wanted to create a deeper sense of community with its African families — so they started by throwing a party.

Now, the school throws an event called Celebrate Africa every few months, complete with traditional fabrics and African foods. But it's more than just a celebration of culture: It has transformed the school's approach to its African families.

Also in today's roundup: Chancellor Richard Carranza made his first appearance before city council for a hearing about the city's education budget priorities. While the schools chief got a mostly warm reception, city lawmakers also grilled him about why some schools don't have any social workers or guidance counselors, and whether the city will carve out more funding to make school buildings more accessible for students with disabilities.

Later on Tuesday evening, city officials presented a new proposal to integrate middle schools on the Upper West Side and Harlem. The plan drew support from five school principals, and some familiar concerns from parents.

Finally, a vandal left mysterious messages in graffiti on the education department's headquarters, and charter advocates are hoping to secure more public funding for school security measures.



NEW PLAN City officials unveiled yet another proposal to integrate middle schools on the Upper West Side Tuesday evening: 25 percent of seats would be reserved for students with low test scores and report card grades, and who qualify for subsidized lunch. Chalkbeat, NY 1

CULTURAL CONNECTIONS Here’s how one Bronx school learned to create a sense of community with its African families. Chalkbeat

BUDGET TALK Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza made his first appearance before city council on Tuesday — and city lawmakers pressed him on paid parental leave, counselors, and school accessibility for students with disabilities. Chalkbeat, New York Post

SCHOOL SAFETY Local politicians and charter school advocates are pushing for a change to city law that would make the publicly funded and privately managed schools eligible for more security funding. Chalkbeat

TWEED TAGGER Cryptic messages were left in graffiti on the education department’s Manhattan headquarters before 7 a.m. Tuesday morning. Chalkbeat, New York Daily News, New York Post, Associated Press

A LEGAL MATTER The family of a Brooklyn first grader is planning to take legal action after he was repeatedly kicked in the groin. New York Daily News

RACE MATTERS At a fundraiser for the East Harlem Tutorial Program, attendees talked about recent research that shows opportunity alone doesn’t generate upward mobility for black boys. Bloomberg

LEADERSHIP VOID Staten Island’s Port Richmond High School has not yet appointed a permanent principal. Staten Island Advance