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Rise & Shine: Teachers walk out in West Virginia again

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When Richard Carranza took over as the head of the nation's largest school system, he was given a series of briefing memos on the Renewal turnaround initiative, special education, and more. Ten months after we requested those documents, the education department has finally turned them over — and you can read all 11 pages of them here.

Although the content of the memos likely won't surprise close observers of the city's schools, the process of obtaining them reveals just how difficult it is to pry public records from one of the city's least responsive agencies.


PUBLIC RECORDS Ten months after an initial request, the education has released the briefing memos given to Chancellor Richard Carranza to get him up to speed. Chalkbeat

DIVERSITY DEBATE Opinion: Two members of the mayor’s school diversity advisory group argue that their initial set of recommendations are an important first step toward school integration. New York Daily News

Opinion: The advisory group’s recommendations rightly create some accountability for schools to actually promote integration. Hechinger Report

UNIVERSAL PRE-K Opinion: Mayor Bill de Blasio should push for equal pay for educators who work in different pre-K sites. Gotham Gazette

“Pre-K expansion could help address many of the more pernicious gaps in urban school systems, but only with the right blend of expanding coverage and workforce investment,” argues The Nation’s Michelle Chen.

SCHOOL’S OUT Here’s a list of activities for kids who have the week off from school. Metro

WALK IT OUT Educators in West Virginia organized a second statewide walkout in less than a year. Here’s why teacher across the country keep going on strike. New York Times 

EXTRA CREDIT Students gathered Tuesday at City Hall to protest punitive disciplinary measures and call for more funding for restorative justice. (Photo courtesy of Urban Youth Collaborative)