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Rise & Shine: To help students affected by shutdown, Cuomo orders financial reprieve at state and city universities

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Christina has the lowdown today on a report that gives high marks to the city’s pre-K program, even as she notes lingering concerns about how poorly paid many community-based pre-K teachers are compared to their K-12 counterparts. Alex also has a story on Success Academy's plans to launch a new two-year principal training program for business leaders interested in becoming principals, who can help run the charter network's schools or others like them across the country.

Striking teachers in Los Angeles reached an agreement on Tuesday that will end their walkout and, among other wins for the union, reduce class sizes for the city’s students. Meanwhile, Chalkbeat's Denver bureau reports that teachers voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday night to authorize their own walkout. And teachers in Virginia and Oakland, California are considering similar moves as labor activism among educators continues to catch fire.

In New York, Reema is keeping tabs on important developments in the new Democratic-controlled state legislature. Check back today to find out the latest. And on Tuesday, Gov. Cuomo called on SUNY and CUNY officials to temporarily waive some payments and any associated late fees for students affected by the government shutdown. 

--Sara Mosle, New York bureau chief

HIGH MARKS New York City has received a gold medal for pre-K quality and access, a new report finds, although on measures like pay parity, the city still has ample room for improvement. Chalkbeat

CLIMBING THE PRINCIPAL LADDER The city’s largest charter network, Success Academy, is launching a new two-year leadership academy to train business leaders to become school principals, both in its network and elsewhere across the country. Chalkbeat

BREAKTHROUGH Striking Los Angeles teachers have reached a deal that addresses their demands, among them reducing class sizes. The New York Daily News, Vox, The Los Angeles Times

STRIKE FEVER Emboldened by L.A.’s model, teachers in Denver voted to strike on Tuesday night, and teachers in Virginia and Oakland, CA are considering similar walkouts or protests. Chalkbeat,  The Atlantic, The New York Times

REPRIEVE Gov. Cuomo ordered officials at the State University of New York and the City University of New York to temporarily waive late fees or postpone payments for those students affected by the government shutdown. Times Union

FOILED Students in upstate New York tipped off law enforcement officials about a plan by four individuals who were allegedly planning to bomb a local Muslim community. The New York Daily News, USA Today

CAMEO Cynthia Nixon, the actress and former gubernatorial candidate, was back in Albany on Tuesday to criticize Gov. Cuomo’s proposed school budget as inadequate and argue for more funding. U.S. News & World Report

NOT SO EZPASS A new study finds that family moves, especially involving longer distances, have a negative impact on children’s education. Education Dive

JUDGES’ VIEW The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled against parents who alleged in a lawsuit that teacher tenure had denied their children access to a good education, with implications for similar efforts in New York and New Jersey. The Bemidji Pioneer, The Star Tribune, The Twin Cities Pioneer Press

OUT Two students involved in a viral video that prompted outrage among classmates at Poly Prep, an elite private school in the city, are no longer enrolled at the school. The New York Daily News

HONORED Several local schools and principals received Blackboard Awards for their excellence in education. The Villager