Rise & Shine: Six new charter schools could open in NYC

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Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to integrate eight of the city's top high schools continues to dominate the news — though probably not in the ways City Hall hoped. In the days after the announcement last week, the mayor struggled to keep momentum going for his plan, few top surrogates came out to defend it, and state lawmakers punted its most crucial elements to next session.

Later this morning, the state's top education policymakers are set to vote on six new charter schools in New York City that could open in the fall of 2019. But their approval is far from certain: Although the board has approved more charter schools than in years past, the Regents rejected two charter schools last November.

Also on the Regents agenda: A discussion of how federal regulations could affect funding for schools where many students opt out state tests — and broader conversations about school integration and graduation requirements.


REGENTS PREVIEW The state’s top education policymakers will vote on whether to approve six New York City charter schools. Chalkbeat 

A ‘QUIXOTIC JOURNEY’ Mayor Bill de Blasio struggled to mount a sustained campaign for his plan to integrate specialized high schools in the days after his plan was announced — and few surrogates defended the plan after it came under fire. Politico New York

The debate about whether a single test should determine admission to the city’s top high schools is remarkably similar to debates about the same schools more than four decades ago. New York Times

Opinion: Instead of changing the admissions process at existing specialized schools, the city should create more of them. City & State

DIVERSITY DEBATE About 1,000 people rallied at City Hall Sunday to protest Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to increase racial diversity at specialized high schools. New York Post

The mayor’s plan would reduce the number of white and Asian students who are offered spots at the city’s top high schools. New York Post

Politicians representing Southern Brooklyn, an area that sends a disproportionate number of students to specialized high schools, are largely opposed to the mayor’s plan. Bklyner

And many Republican lawmakers are also opposed. Brooklyn Reporter

RESTORATIVE JUSTICE Many schools in New York City are moving away from suspensions in favor of discussion-based methods of resolving conflict. PBS News Hour

MURAL COVER-UP School officials painted over a New Deal-era mural at DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx. New York Daily News

OUTSIDE HELP Non-profit organizations often help students of color gain access to top private academic institutions. New York Post

BAD BEHAVIOR An aide at Manhattan’s P.S. 194 was arrested for hurting a student. New York Daily News