Rise & Shine: The struggle to access free summer meals as food and federal dollars go to waste

Good morning!

If you're a child in New York City, you're entitled to free breakfasts and lunches at several different public locations over the summer. But the limited and sometimes confusing information on this program could be a barrier for families who need the free meals the most.

Over the holiday weekend, presidential candidates sounded off on education issues during the National Education Association annual assembly. It was there that Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered stinging opposition to charter schools — and said that any Democratic nominee who supports them should be disqualified.

There is a lot to catch up on, so we'll let you get to it.

—Reema Amin, reporter

MEALS MAZE The city provides free summer meals for children under the age of 18, but limited available information can be confusing and contradictory for families. Chalkbeat

STRONG WORDS At a presidential candidate forum on education, Mayor Bill de Blasio ripped the charter school world and said he hates “privatizers.” Chalkbeat

STAYING IN City education officials will no longer require principals to attend district meetings in September to give officials more time inside their buildings. New York Daily News

SO LONG A senior education official is leaving the department to move closer to family, weeks after the Post revealed his checkered past as an educator in California. New York Post

NO PLAN Opinion: Chancellor Carranza lacks a programmatic approach for improving classrooms. City Journal

NEW STRATEGY A growing number of charter school leaders are embracing the criticism of how their schools operate, as these schools face renewed backlash in New York. New York Times

CRASH A construction worker fell through the ceiling of a Brooklyn school while working on the building. NBC New York

HEAR ME OUT Education officials are holding public hearings over a proposal to change the school discipline code, including significantly reducing the maximum number of days a student can be suspended. New York Daily News, Chalkbeat (6/28)

OUTSIDE THE BOX Two top education department officials chose to enroll children in their care at more selective, less diverse schools instead of their zoned neighborhood options. New York Post

EXPANSION A program for students with disabilities will be expanded to Staten Island by next school year. Staten Island Advance

STAYING IN Anti-vaccination groups in New York are promoting home schooling after the passage of a law that bans religious exemptions for getting school shots. Wall Street Journal

OOPS Stuyvesant High, a prestigious specialized school, awarded certificates with a typo to its top-performing seniors. New York Daily News

BAD NEWS A former Brooklyn teacher has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a teenage student on school grounds. New York Post