Rise & Shine: Rise & Shine: How much power will principals have under Chancellor Carranza?

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When Carmen Fariña became chancellor, one of her first orders of business was to beef up oversight of principals — reversing her predecessor who thought they should have more freedom. Now, as Richard Carranza prepares to take over, some principals wonder how much power they will have under the new chancellor.

Carranza is also said to get fired up about inequities — and on Wednesday, the city revealed that its efforts to promote diversity at its elite high schools have not been working. Despite promises from Mayor de Blasio to make those schools "reflect the city better," just 10 percent of offers at those schools went to black and Latino students.

Also in today's roundup: City Councilman Ritchie Torres introduced legislation that would force the education department to disclose how often schools issue "limited access letters" restricting parents from entering their child's school. And the mayor's School Diversity Advisory Group is hitting the road Thursday, kicking off a series of town halls in every borough.

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PRINCIPAL POWER As Richard Carranza prepares to take over from Chancellor Carmen Fariña, some school leaders are wondering whether the incoming chancellor will give them more autonomy. Chalkbeat

DEJA VU Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to increase diversity at the city’s most elite high schools, but they remain just as segregated today as they did four years ago. Chalkbeat, Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, New York Times, Staten Island Advance

ACCESS DENIED Under a new bill introduced Wednesday, the education department would have to disclose how often schools restrict parents from entering their campuses using “limited access letters” —  a practice that advocates worry disproportionately targets low-income families. Chalkbeat

ROAD TRIP The mayor’s School Diversity Advisory Group will kick off a series of town hall meetings on Thursday in the Bronx, the first in a tour of public workshops that will take place in every borough. Chalkbeat

CARRANZA LAWSUIT Incoming Chancellor Richard Carranza retaliated against a colleague in San Francisco because she reported him for “inappropriate flirtatious conduct,” according to a 2015 lawsuit. New York Daily News, New York Post

SAYING GOODBYE Carranza said his decision to leave Houston had nothing to do with problems that district is facing, which include a budget gap and the possibility of a state takeover. Houston Chronicle

SCHOOL SAFETY The number of boxcutters and knives found in city schools during the fourth quarter of last year is higher than any quarter in the last two years. New York Post

NO SNOW DAY New York City public schools will remain open Thursday. Patch, CBS New York