Rise & Shine: Richard Carranza saved a Harlem middle school. Will it improve?

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In the months since the pro-charter group Families for Excellent schools imploded, no organization has filled their shoes as a consistently harsh critic of local education policymakers.

But with a new report out today blasting the state's turnaround program for struggling schools, the local chapter of Democrats for Education Reform might be vying for that role. The substance of the report is not particularly groundbreaking: It blames officials for letting most schools avoid steep consequences for low performance under the state's receivership program. Still, it suggests DEFER is interested in playing a higher-profile role in local education policy debates.

Also in today's roundup, the New York Times takes a look at a Harlem middle school that Richard Carranza spared from closure, and some local community education councils are publicly opposing the mayor's specialized high school admissions reforms.



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SHOTS FIRED The local chapter of Democrats for Education Reform, a national advocacy group, released a report Monday that is highly critical of New York’s approach to struggling schools — a sign that the group wants to become more active in New York. Chalkbeat

WHAT’S NEXT? As one of his first decisions running the nation’s larges school system, Richard Carranza saved a Harlem middle school from closure. But whether the school will turn around is an open question. New York Times

ADMISSIONS DEBATE Three local education councils have come out against Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to overhaul admissions at eight of the city’s top high schools. NY Daily News

The proposed admissions policies have continued to draw attention across the city and country. Christian Science Monitor, NPR

TEACHER PIPELINE The Uncommon Schools charter network is working to diversify its teaching force by recruiting college students of color for summer teaching fellowships. Wall Street Journal

JANUS FALLOUT A new group has started a campaign to inform workers in New York about their ability to opt out of union dues. NY Post

PARENTAL LEAVE Opinion: CUNY should follow the city’s lead in providing paid family leave to all its teachers. Gotham Gazette

ICYMI Fewer students have been referred to summer school than in previous years. NY1NY Daily News