Rise & Shine: Parent complaints continue to roll in over spotty yellow bus service
Happy election day!
When actress Cynthia Nixon announced her primary challenge to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, some (including me) expected the race to bring attention to education policy debates — especially since Nixon traces her candidacy back to her days as an education funding activist.
That didn't happen. Still, whoever wins on Thursday will have the power to influence education policy across the state for the next four years. If you're still making up your mind, or are just curious about how a Cuomo win would differ from a Nixon upset, we have a guide on the issues — including school funding, charters, mayoral control and more.
Also in today's roundup, a group of advocates for students with disabilities are trying to convince the city to invest $850 million in school building upgrades over the next five years (just 20 percent of schools are considered fully accessible). If the city agreed to that funding, it would represent a fivefold increase compared with the last five years. But even with a big funding boost, only one-third of schools would be completely accessible, highlighting the enormity of the problem.
SHOWDOWN From charters to school funding, here’s how Thursday’s gubernatorial primary could affect education policy. Chalkbeat
BARRIERS TO ENTRY Advocates for students with physical disabilities are lobbying the city to add $750 million in funding for building upgrades, which would ensure that 33 percent of schools are fully accessible, up from 20 percent. Chalkbeat
BUS PROBLEMS Parents continue to report problems with the city’s yellow bus system, with over 50,000 calls flooding the complaint line — a higher figure compared with the same period last year. New York Daily News
Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza offered a response to one parent who complained about bus problems to him via email: “What you describe is absolutely unacceptable. I apologize to you and your son.” New York Daily News
POLITICAL DONATIONS The pro-charter group StudentsFirstNY donated thousands of dollars to the campaigns of three incumbent Democrats competing in Thursday’s primary: Senator Jose Peralta, Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, and Senator Martin Dilan. New York Daily News
A LEGAL MATTER A former Bronx teacher who pleaded guilty to performing oral sex on a 14-year-old student was sentenced to 10 years of probation. As part of her plea agreement, she will be allowed to keep her teaching certificate. New York Daily News, New York Post
HISTORY LESSON Jacobin, a socialist magazine, is publishing a series of essays about the Ocean Hill-Brownsville teacher strikes 50 years ago. You can find their latest installment here.