Rise & Shine: Students with physical disabilities will get priority admissions to accessible schools
Mayor Bill de Blasio's $750 million effort to rapidly turn around nearly 100 of the city's lowest-performing schools could come to a close at the end of the school year. But even amid criticism that the program has not paid off as city officials promised, several key elements will continue "indefinitely" — including schools' partnerships with social service agencies and additional funding.
The decision to continue aspects of the Renewal program suggests the education department may not completely reshape their approach to low-performing schools, though there are still big questions about Chancellor Richard Carranza's approach to school turnarounds.
Also in today's roundup, students with disabilities will have priority admission to accessible schools under new rules announced Thursday, the mayor and chancellor plan to kick off a "parent empowerment tour," and a much-anticipated report recommending policies to promote school integration in New York City will be delayed by at least a month.
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BACK TO THE FUTURE Seventy-one schools in the city’s Renewal turnaround program will continue receiving additional social services and extra funding, even as the initiative is expected to wind down this school year. Chalkbeat
ROAD TRIP Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza and Mayor Bill de Blasio are planning to hold a series of listening events with parent leaders for a “parent empowerment tour.” Chalkbeat
ADMISSIONS ACCESS Students with physical disabilities will be given priority to accessible schools under a new admissions policy that will launch next year. NY Daily News
WAITING GAME An interim report from New York City’s School Diversity Advisory Group, which was initially scheduled to be released this month, won’t come out until January at the earliest. Politico New York
SAFE FOR NOW Manhattan’s P.S. 150 will be allowed to continue occupying the bottom floors of a high-rise tower, at least until 2022, after pressure from city officials. Wall Street Journal
SPEECH QUESTIONS LaGuardia High School principal Lisa Mars asked that nazi flags and symbols be removed from the school’s production of “The Sound of Music” — but the school later reinstated them. NY Daily News, New York Post
SURPRISE A Bronx high school received $88,000 in new musical instruments through a program for high-need public schools. Some students had been using instruments from the 1950s. amNY
PEP RALLY Students are planning a rally next week to protest the fact that black and Latino students have access to fewer sports teams compared with their peers. Amsterdam News