Rise & Shine: Six new charter schools get preliminary approval to open in New York City

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With a handshake, Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council on Monday symbolically agreed to a budget that includes a boost for education spending. Among the line items: more money to expand prekindergarten for 3-year-olds, an increase in Fair Student Funding for more than 800 schools, and $150 million over three years to make campuses more accessible to students with disabilities.

In Albany, the state Board of Regents gave a preliminary nod to six charter schools that are seeking to open new campuses across New York City — in contrast to the last time the policymakers voted on charter applications, when they rejected two.

Plus, advocates continue to line up on both sides of the mayor's plan to nix the specialized high school admissions test. And a researcher took a deep dive into what happened at Urban Assembly School for Wildlife Conservation before a student was fatally stabbed there, and found that a new approach to discipline led to a chaotic school.

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THUMBS UP New York City will likely get six more charter schools after the Board of Regents gave preliminary approval for the schools. Chalkbeat

KEEP THE TEST A Stuyvesant grad says that backlash in the Asian community against scrapping the specialized high school exam “reeks of irony and ignorance.” New York Daily News

DEFINE DIVERSITY Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to overhaul specialized high school admissions would disadvantage Asian students, many of whom come from poor families. New York Daily News

SCHOOL FIGHT Witnesses said that a mass of high school students armed with bats got into a street fight in Hell’s Kitchen. New York Post

TESTING TESTING Students at a Bronx elementary school said a teacher gave them answers on state tests, according to an investigation. New York Post

A former Harlem teacher was accused of giving her students answers on state tests on two separate occasions. New York Post

DISCIPLINE PROBLEMS After extensive interviews with students and teachers, Max Eden of the Manhattan Institute says that the city’s shift away from student suspensions contributed to a decline in order at the Bronx school where a student was fatally stabbed. The 74

BIG DONATION The founder of Craiglist donated $20 million to the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, which will be renamed in honor of the entrepreneur. New York Daily News

LAWSUIT FILED Two Queens teachers filed a lawsuit claiming their assistant principal had a sexual relationship with multiple staff members and at least one student. New York Daily News, New York Post