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Rise & Shine: NYC summer meals program still needs improvement

We are resending Rise & Shine as a report analysis we linked to was subsequently corrected, and we want to acknowledge the change. Across the state, 27 percent of students who are eligible for summer meals didn't get them last year and are potentially going hungry, although that dismal figure still puts New York above most states, the new report has found. In the city, the department launched a summer meals task force in April to address the issue and is working on increasing meal outreach, but the city could still be doing much more to help meals reach families, according to the separate analysis. (See Chalkbeat's report earlier this month on how the city got off to a rocky start with communication snafus and meals going to waste.)

The city reached a $300,000 settlement with a teen from Brooklyn who says staffers at her former school dismissed her concerns when she told them a classmate had recorded his rape of her and shared it with other students, the New York Post reports.  

And a new program aims to combat the summer slide by providing free art, music, and dance classes, as well as free meals, to New York City students. 

— Zipporah Osei, reporter

COURT SETTLEMENT The city will pay $300,000 to a Brooklyn teen who alleges school staffers told her to “move on” after a classmate shared footage of his rape of her. New York Post 

SUMMER MEALS New York state reached only 27 percent of hungry low-income students with its summer meals program last year, and the city could be doing far more to get meals to needy children, according to a separate analysis. NYC Food Policy Center

COMMISSIONER RESIGNS Opinion: State education commissioner MaryEllen Elia’s resignation comes after months of tensions between Elia and the Regents, writes Lane Filler. Newsday 

SUMMER SLIDE United Way of New York City launched a free six week program to fight “summer slide” with art, music, and dance classes. Today

URBAN GARDEN A free college transition program done in partnership by the City University of New York and the education department teaches students sustainability through urban gardening. Civil Eats

ASIAN ACTIVISTS The debate over the SHSAT has inspired a rise in Chinese American conservative activism. National Review