Rise & Shine: The case for and against screened schools in New York City

Good morning!

Chalkbeat readers wanted to know: Why do some New York City high schools pick their students based on academic achievement? That was one of the most frequently asked questions we heard after hosting an event to debate equity in high school admissions. We've rounded up some of the best arguments for and against the system— as well as some suggestions for alternatives.

Don't forget: Chalkbeat reporter Alex Zimmerman will moderate a panel discussion tonight hosted by IncludeNYC. If you care about special education and inclusion, you can register to attend here. (It's free!)

— Christina

ASKED AND ANSWERED Here’s the case for and against screened schools, which sort students based on academic achievement— as well as some alternatives to New York City’s current admissions system. Chalkbeat

SAFE SPACES After a man drove a truck down bike lanes in a deadly terror attack in Lower Manhattan, a New York City Council bill would require barriers to be installed near schools and other public places. amNewYork 

Here’s how students and teachers are handling school in the wake of the attack. The New Yorker

STARTUP SCHOOL Co-working space WeWork is launching a private school in New York City to teach children entrepreneurship starting in kindergarten. They’ll spend one day a week on a farm. Bloomberg

FEELING THREATENED A Brooklyn man who has pushed for yeshivas to include instruction in secular subjects such as math and English says his activism has made him a target. New York Post

TEACHING THE TEACHERS Opinion: New teacher certification rules for charter schools are “reasonable” given the performance of charters in New York City and the “weak state teacher education system.” New York Times

DROPPING THE BOMB Educators from across the country weigh-in on whether it’s ever OK for students to curse in the classroom. NPR

STRANGER THINGS Former Trump strategist Steve Bannon met with teachers union President Randi Weingarten because Trump “knows her and likes her,” according to the person who set up the meeting. Washington Post