Rise & Shine: Opening the black box of school funding

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Schools across New York will have to start publicly reporting how much money they spend to educate students, allowing for school-by-school comparisons on how resources are distributed. The new data will tell only part of the story, though, since many public schools raise private funding that would not be included in the new breakdowns.

Also, as schools across the state prepare for walkouts in protest of gun violence, State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia signaled that she would support any kind of informed activism by students. “Involvement in government as a citizen is extremely important,” she said.

Finally, is there school we should be covering during the walkouts tomorrow? Let us know at ny.tips@chalkbeat.org. As the protests unfold, please feel free to email us photos or tag us on Twitter or Facebook.


— Alex

MONEY TALKS Schools across New York will be required to report how much money they spend on students each year, a change required under federal law. Chalkbeat

WALKOUT TALK State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia signaled her support of student activism as thousands of students are expected to walk out of classrooms across the state in protest of lax gun control laws. Chalkbeat

Here are the education department’s guidelines about the walkout for schools and students. Staten Island Advance

The walkout creates a dilemma for schools that want to protect students’ right to protest, but are also obligated to apply school rules equally to all acts of protest. NPR

CARRANZA CONCERNS Reporters from New York, San Francisco, and Houston discussed Richard Carranza — including a controversy stemming from a gender discrimination lawsuit — and his education record in each of their states. WNYC

Some city lawmakers are using Mayor Bill de Blasio’s willingness to pay Carranza a much higher salary than current schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña to push for higher pay for police officers. New York Daily News

Houston’s school system has begun its search for a new leader. Houston Chronicle

NRA FUNDING The National Rifle Association has given thousands of dollars to schools in New York. Patch

SAVE THE DATE This Friday, the Campaign for School Equity plans to host a discussion in New York City about a new book that chronicles the legacy of Memphis’ school system and how it has fallen short of Martin Luther King Jr.’s hopes for it. Chalkbeat

MEDIA BLITZ U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos drew sharp criticism after saying in a 60 Minutes interview that she has not intentionally visited struggling schools. Chalkbeat