Rise & Shine: Unions representing NYC principals, yellow school bus drivers, and pre-K teachers flex their muscles

Mayor de Blasio is waking up to criticism this morning from the city’s principals union, which says that his plan to cut funding for longer school days at dozens of struggling schools will impede learning, Alex reports.

Matt takes a look nationally at the impact of the Common Core, which had little or even negative impact on student test scores, according to new research.

The city’s yellow school bus drivers are contemplating a walk-out to protect seniority, wages, and other benefits. And with a limited walk-out called for Thursday at some of the city’s community-based pre-K centers, we’d like to hear from parents, teachers, and center directors about how they’re planning to respond. Are parents looking for alternative care? Have teachers decided to join the strike — or not? And will center directors keep their doors open? Let us know at ny.tips@chalkbeat.org.

— Sara Mosle, New York bureau chief

CUTTING REMARKS A top union official criticized Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to slash funding for longer school days at dozens of struggling schools. Chalkbeat

CORE ISSUES New research shows that states most affected by adoption of the Common Core curriculum saw at best modest gains and in some cases actually saw student test scores decline over time. Chalkbeat

THE DRIVERS ON THE BUS VOW STRIKE, STRIKE, STRIKE Some city yellow school bus drivers are threatening to strike for seniority, wage and benefit protections and have support this time from a surprising source: management. THE CITY

LONG TIME COMING Recent teacher strikes reflect years of growing frustration with salaries that have lagged for years, owing to the effects of the gender gap and inflation, according to a union analysis. New York Magazine, U.S. News & World Report

GOING VIRAL  City officials closed two more religious schools in Brooklyn Monday for failing to abide by vaccination mandates issued in response to a growing measles outbreak. The New York Daily News, The New York Times, The Washington Post

MEASURING UP Policymakers and researchers are examining the potential tradeoffs and challenges of addressing the skewed demographics of many gifted and talented programs nationally. The Hechinger Report

PLAYED OUT The city is not building enough public play spaces, including those managed by the education department, for its youngest residents, who live or go to school in “playground deserts.” The Gothamist.

RECESSED Two many schools are not providing enough playtime for students, substituting test prep for recess, according to one study. CBS New York

BIASED FOR SUCCESS Boston-area schools are becoming leaders in how to implement culturally responsive teaching, according to one examination. The Hechinger Report

BATTLE CRY In the wake of snafus on this year’s state tests for students, the state teachers union is calling for an overhaul of New York’s standardized testing. Local Syracuse, WBFO

SOLEFUL WORK An East Harlem high school could win $75,000 for its arts program after students’ sneaker design joined finalists in a nationwide contest. AM NewYork

OPINION Richard Whitmire reflects on reactions to a previous column in which he argued that journalists had turned unfairly against the charter school movement. The 74

OPINION In an essay, Pedro Noguera argues that progressives should develop a progressive agenda for education. The Nation