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Rise & Shine: Parents say they’re in the dark on lead exposure

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On Wednesday night, officials revealed that nearly 1,000 New York City classrooms serving children under 6 have deteriorating lead paint, the first time the city has ever released an official count. But while city officials have vowed to notify families, parents say they have received no information so far and were frustrated the department hadn't explained the risks or possible treatment options.

Also, as pre-K teachers vote on whether to accept a deal to raise wages, not everyone is on board with the proposal. “I want them to fight for more,” said one assistant teacher in a pre-K center who makes $15.30 an hour. “Everyone thinks it’s a lot of money. It’s nothing.”

—Alex Zimmerman, reporter

COMMUNICATION BREAKDOWN City officials have not yet informed families whose children may have been exposed to peeling lead paint. Chalkbeat

GET THE LEAD OUT For the first time, city officials released data on the presence of peeling lead paint in older buildings that serve the city’s youngest students. Chalkbeat (7/31), Gothamist, New York Daily News, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, U.S. News, Fox News, NY1

MONEY MATTERS As pre-K educators consider a deal that would raise wages, some plan to vote no arguing they would not see a significant pay bump. Chalkbeat

CULTURALLY RESPONSIVE The public meeting where officials approved a definition for “culturally responsive education” devolved into protests, partly because the city did not have Mandarin or Cantonese translators on hand. NY1, New York Daily News, CBS2

GUN FREE ZONE Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that bars schools from arming teachers. Staten Island Advance 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Council Speaker Corey Johnson rolled out a plan to combat food inequality that includes upgrading school kitchens. New York Post, Brooklyn Eagle

BUS CRASH A school bus was involved in a crash in Brooklyn. New York Post