Rise & Shine: Thousands rally to expand New York City charter schools

RALLYING CRY An estimated 25,000 people gathered in Prospect Park Wednesday to rally in favor of doubling the size of the city’s charter sector, though the event’s keynote speakers were careful not to diss traditional district schools. Chalkbeat, Politico New York, SchoolBook, DNAinfo, New York Post

HOT BUTTON ISSUE Based on an analysis of 4.5 million Regents exams over 13 years, it turns out temperature can play a big role in student performance on the exit exams. Chalkbeat

BLUE RIBBON Here are the nine New York City schools that have been awarded Blue Ribbon status — out of just 329 schools nationwide. Chalkbeat, Patch

ZONING FIGHT A new proposal for rezoning the Upper West Side’s District 3 disappointed some parents who live in the upscale Lincoln Towers complex because they hoped the plan would not involve moving them from P.S. 199, a high-achieving, mostly white school. Wall Street JournalSchoolBook

FREE WIFI Five thousand students will get free wireless internet at home as part of a partnership set to be announced Thursday between Sprint, Google, and the city’s library system. New York Daily News

PRE-K RAISE After a decade without a raise, workers at hundreds of city-funded preschools serving low-income families ratified a new contract that will increase their salaries and boost other benefits. DNAinfo, New York Daily News

SCHOOL POLICE BRUTALITY A 17-year-old student at Staten Island’s Curtis High School suffered a concussion after a school safety agent threw him to the ground while he was having a panic attack, according to a lawsuit. DNAinfo

WHAT’S IN A NAME? Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School, which won a competitive $10 million grant this year, will name its new high school after Edmund W. Gordon, a psychology professor known for championing school desegregation and programs that help low-income children. DNAinfo

PRINCIPAL MENTOR Kelly Shannon, the principal of Manhattan’s P.S. 41 who has weathered a series of unpredictable incidents, has been tapped to mentor three District 2 principals. DNAinfo

TEST MAP Wondering how your child’s school performed on last year’s fourth grade state tests? This map has you covered. DNAinfo

FITNESS AND FOOD Dozens of students at the Lexington Academy got a firsthand lesson in fitness from soccer pros and a hands-on session in nutrition from celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson. DNAinfo