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Rise & Shine: State rejects complaint against NYC’s specialized high school integration efforts

Good morning! After the long weekend, the start of the school year is now just days away. Today's headlines suggest that school integration efforts will continue to be a leading issue. Read why the state rejected a complaint that challenged the city's efforts to desegregate its elite specialized high schools, and dig into the range of opinions on a proposal to replace gifted programs with more inclusive models.

We also need to note a correction in our Thursday newsletter. We incorrectly described a lawsuit involving Success Academy. The city agreed to evaluate some students with disabilities faster in response to a lawsuit from Success Academy parents alleging inappropriate delays.

Thanks for reading!

— Christina Veiga, reporter

REJECTED The state education department rejected a complaint that the city’s integration plans for specialized high schools ran afoul of city and state rules. Chalkbeat

FOR CONSIDERATION An editorial: The School Diversity Advisory Group’s recommendations to curb selective admissions and phase out gifted programs deserve “serious, thoughtful consideration” from the mayor, who has the power to turn the proposals into city policy. New York Times

ANOTHER WAY The SDAG pointed to models of school wide enrichment like the Renzulli approach that could replace gifted programs. Wall Street Journal

CHANGE AHEAD Opinion: The diversity group’s report is causing uncertainty for parents trying to navigate the school system. New York Post

WANTING THE BEST Opinion: The anxiety of wanting your child to get ahead makes eliminating gifted programs politically explosive. New York Magazine

MORE G&T Opinion: Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz says gifted programs should be expanded to serve more black and Hispanic students. New York Daily News

TO THE ‘BURBS Opinion: Middle class parents will flee the public school system, making segregation worse, if the city follows through with integration recommendations. New York Post

HELPING HAND New York Giants player Saquon Barkley handed out backpacks and school supplies to children in the Bronx. NY1, New York Post

GETTING TO COLLEGE WIN is helping homeless students navigate the college application process by bringing teens on school tours. New York Daily News

TOO CLOSE A new analysis shows that 244 city classrooms are within 500 feet of major roadways, putting them at elevated risk for air pollution. New York Daily News

PAY BOOST A teacher at M.S. 88 in Park Slope racked up $80,000 in overtime. New York Daily News

ON THE CASE The city is investigating an education department employee who recently got a 17% raise, earning him more than the mayor. New York Post

VERY EARLY ED Staten Island will start its first 3-K classes this year. Staten Island Advance

TRYING AGAIN The city agreed to evaluate some students with disabilities faster in response to a lawsuit from Success Academy parents. Politico (paywall); Success’s press releaseChalkbeat on the lawsuit (July 2018). This item is a corrected version of one that appeared in Rise & Shine last week.