Rise & Shine: Once again, integration program does little to diversify specialized high schools

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Asian students continue to dominate admissions offers through a special program that is built to diversify New York City's specialized high schools. The Discovery program admits students from high-needs families who score just below the cutoff score for the specialized high schools admissions exam, and new program data shows that black and Hispanic enrollment will only slightly increase.

Yesterday, we reported an admissions error that mistakenly denied offers to 144 students for the highly competitive Lab High School. Now, the education department will allow those students to take their time as they decide whether to accept new offers to Lab, but parent leaders still have burning questions.

And speaking of making decisions, InsideSchools has launched new search guides that help families navigate the hundreds of middle and high schools across the city. Click the respective links to take a peek.

—Reema Amin, reporter

NUMBERS GAME Chancellor Richard Carranza emphasized the city’s wish to scrap the admissions exam for specialized high schools after new data showed that a program meant to boost school diversity only slightly moved the needle. Chalkbeat, Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, New York Times, New York Post

BURNING QUESTIONS The education department addressed some concerns over an admissions error at Lab High School, but parents still have pressing questions about what happened. Chalkbeat

YESTERYEAR A new study shows that certain students who entered New York City’s small high schools — an idea pioneered by former Mayor Michael Bloomberg — were more likely to attend college and stay there. Chalkbeat

CONCERNED A mother claims that a Brooklyn teacher scratched and bruised her daughter but the school did nothing to address her concerns, which officials have denied. New York Daily News

BLUE MOON Opinion: The Post sees eye to eye with Mayor Bill de Blasio — they want all families to get their children vaccinated amid a measles outbreak. New York Post

GROWING PAINS As New York City-based charter Democracy Prep faces expansion challenges, is its civics-focused curriculum built to survive? The 74

MONEY MATTERS Opinion: A former Los Angeles teacher shares some California history to argue why infusing big dollars into low-performing schools is not the answer for success. New York Daily News

BAD NEWS A Brooklyn student was arrested Wednesday for allegedly carrying a loaded gun into school. New York Post

SUSPENSIONS DIP Suspensions have dropped substantially compared to this time last year. Staten Island Advance, Chalkbeat (4/9)