Rise & Shine: This Renewal principal is charged with turning around a long-struggling school

TURNAROUND STORY Principal Asya Johnson is tasked with turning around Longwood Preparatory Academy — formerly known as Banana Kelly High School — a South Bronx school in the city’s Renewal program, which pours extra resources into struggling schools. Chalkbeat followed her on a grueling 12-hour day of competing demands. Chalkbeat

ADMISSIONS DEBATE Parents at Medgar Evers College Preparatory in Crown Heights fear that proposed enrollment changes to admit more students with special needs will “dismantle” the high-performing school. Chalkbeat

MADE FOR TV In a TV interview, schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña asked principals to “take a chance” on teachers who are being placed in schools from the Absent Teacher Reserve, which includes teachers who don’t have permanent positions because of legal or disciplinary reasons, or because their school was downsized. She also talked about the benefits of pre-K for parents, her goal for  Renewal schools and safety in the wake of a fatal stabbing. Chalkbeat

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT New York City’s test prep centers offer Asian students a grueling regimen that immigrant parents hope will lead to perfect scores and the Ivy League. New York Times

BETTER BALANCE A new report suggests that, to improve student diversity in the city’s coveted specialized high schools, the city should scrap the entrance exam and instead admit the top 10 percent of middle school students. DNAinfo

BUILT TO LAST The city will build permanent classrooms to replace temporary “modules” installed two decades ago at P.S. 2 in Queens. DNAinfo

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY Students marked the 75th anniversary of “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn” with the author’s daughter at the Leonard Branch public library, which is featured in a scene of the book. New York Daily News

CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS Staten Island Tech has taken down postings from its Facebook page and website that advertised internships with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign. New York Post

QUIET ROOM Rooms that encourage mindfulness have opened in 15 city high schools. They feature candles and soft seats. News 12 Brooklyn