Rise & Shine: Parents demand a voice in search for New York City schools chancellor

Good morning! A bit of testing news emerged from an early morning meeting in Albany on Tuesday. First, the state will release test scores about a month later this year to accommodate a switch to shorter tests. Also, New York will not apply for a federal pilot program that will allow some states to create "innovative" assessments.  The decision makes it unlikely that there will be any major changes to grades 3-8 math and English tests in the near future.

Plus, should parents have a say in who runs their child's school system? A group of New York City parents who rallied on the steps of the city's education department think so.

— Monica

PARENT VOICE A group of parents rallied on the steps of the education department’s headquarters to demand a say in who will be the next leader of the nation’s largest school system. Chalkbeat, Wall Street Journal

Leaders of the city’s Community Education Councils are also urging the mayor to pick the next schools chief through an “open an inclusive” process. New York Daily News

NO NEW TESTS New York will not apply for a federal testing pilot that allows states to create “innovative” assessments, which means grades 3-8 math and English tests are unlikely to see any major changes. Chalkbeat, Newsday

EXPECT DELAYS Statewide test scores will be released at least a month later than usual. Chalkbeat

LITTLE LEARNERS The city’s early childhood overhaul may show a path to greater integration. Chalkbeat

MORE SEATS CUNY does not offer enough free day-care seats, according to a report from Public Advocate Letitia James. New York Daily News

NET NEUTRALITY Schools and library groups are pushing the state to pass a net neutrality law. Politico New York

PRE-K PICKS Where should you send your child to pre-K? InsideSchools has picked what they think are some of the best options. The list for Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island is here. The list for Manhattan and the Bronx is here.

COURT CASE A lawsuit alleges that a principal in the East Village failed to address racial issues at his school. New York Daily News

CRIMINAL JUSTICE Rudy Crew, a former New York City schools chancellor who has been floated as a possible contender for the position again, will co-chair a committee brought together by Brooklyn’s district attorney. New York Times

CHANCELLOR SEARCH Regent Kathleen Cashin, who has also been floated as a possible pick for the next schools chancellor, spent 16 years as a well-respected principal of P.S. 193. Bklyner, Chalkbeat (Jan. 17)

SURPRISING STATS When students worked harder at the end of tests, their countries’ economies were shown to climb, according to new research. Chalkbeat