Rise & Shine: Special education families and educators march through Midtown

Happy Monday, New York!

Over the weekend, Alex was in Midtown with thousands of people marching to raise awareness for the disability rights movement, call out Congress for failing to fund special education services, and demand the MTA to make more subway stations accessible. Among them were a number special education families and teachers. 

A former police officer turned high school civics teacher from the Bronx was inspired by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run as an outsider — and plans to unseat the congresswoman in her own district. 

And as the conversation around “busing” continues, The New York Times’ Nikole Hannah-Jones writes that the public is largely misinformed about the period of court-ordered school desegregation being a failure. 

— Zipporah Osei, reporter 


DISABILITY RIGHTS Many public school parents and teachers marched through the city this weekend for the fifth annual Disability Pride Parade, which brought thousands of people with disabilities and advocates to the streets. Chalkbeat

GIFTED AND TALENTED Opinion: A New York City parent reflects on the pitfalls and successes of getting his daughter admitted into a gifted and talented education program. New York Daily News

COMMUNITY PUSHBACK Activists in New Rochelle are calling on the Board of Education to rescind its offer to the newly appointed superintendent of schools because of her involvement in a reverse discrimination lawsuit against New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza. News 12

CHARTERS CHATTER Opinion: A South Bronx mother says Mayor Bill de Blasio should support all NYC students after de Blasio says he “hates charter schools.” The 74

BID FOR CONGRESS A high school civics teacher from the Bronx plans to start a campaign to unseat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. New York Post 

CONFLICT OF INTEREST The city’s Conflicts of Interest Board revealed a former Department of Education employee hired by Chancellor Richard Carranza had stake in a software company that made millions in business with the department. New York Post

SCHOOL STABBING Prosecutors argued in closing statements Friday that a bullied Bronx high schooler was looking for a fight when he pulled a knife on two of his classmates. New York Post

SCHOOL SEGREGATION Opinion: The term “busing” masks the truth of court-ordered school desegregation, which was despite popular opinion, was largely successful in the South and the North, argues Nikole Hannah-Jones. New York Times 

PRESCHOOL BOOST Here’s what low-income families can do to help ensure the benefits of preschool make it through the transition to kindergarten. WNYC

RACIAL BIAS A city schools investigator alleges he was denied a promotion because of his race and regularly faced Asian American racial slurs. New York Post 

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT Former students from the Dalton School described Jeffery Epstein’s behavior with teenage girls when he was a teacher at the Upper East Side private school. Huffington Post, New York Times