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Rise & Shine: The education department’s chief information officer has mysteriously resigned

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The education department announced plans to phase out SESIS, a special education data tracking system that has cost over $130 million and frustrated educators for years. It was not immediately clear how quickly it will take to replace SESIS, but officials indicated it will be a gradual process.

The announcement comes just before a City Council hearing this afternoon on special education. City lawmakers will consider a series of bills that would require more transparency about whether students with disabilities are getting the services they need.

Finally, Mayor Bill de Blasio hasn't made any firm commitments about whether he will accept the recommendations delivered by his school diversity task force, including whether or not to hire a "Chief Integration Officer."

—Alex

SAYONARA SESIS New York City announced Friday afternoon plans to phase out SESIS, the special education data system that has frustrated educators since its launch in 2011. Chalkbeat

ON THE AIR Mayor Bill de Blasio has not committed to any of the recommendations recently announced by the city’s diversity task force, including whether to hire a “Chief Integration Officer.” Chalkbeat

ICYMI City Council is holding an oversight hearing on special education Monday and will discuss a series of bills that would require more transparency about how well the city serves students with disabilities. Chalkbeat

MYSTERIOUS RESIGNATION Peter Quinn, the education department’s chief information officer, suddenly resigned last week after allegations two months ago that he had misappropriated funds during a previous job in Ohio. But it wasn’t immediately clear why he quit. NY1, New York Post

HATE SPEECH Officials found swastikas and anti-semitic symbols on the schoolyard at P.S. 139 in Queens. Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered the State Police to help investigate. New York Daily News, New York Post

POT PROBLEMS Teachers at Forest Hills High School say the principal’s lax attitude toward drug use and other activities has caused the school to spiral out of control. New York Post

CHANCELLOR TOUR Carranza visited P.S. 64, Tompkins Square Middle School and The Earth School. The Villager