Rise & Shine: Watch high school students perform ‘Hamilton’-inspired raps

YOUNG & SCRAPPY New York City high school students had the chance to see “Hamilton” last week and perform their own songs, raps and spoken word about United States history. Chalkbeat

HEAR ME OUT The NAACP’s call for a moratorium on charter schools sparked a series of hearings nationwide, the last of which was held Thursday in New York City. Chalkbeat

LEAD LEVELS After retesting lead levels, the city found that 83 percent of school buildings have at least one outlet with lead levels above the Environmental Protection Agency’s action level. New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Post, NY1, DNAinfo, New York Daily News

COLLEGE DECISION SUNY schools are already starting to use the state’s “Excelsior” scholarship to attract new students. New York Times

LEARNING LANGUAGE The city plans to launch Bengali bilingual programs in several Queens schools. DNAinfo 

SCHOOL LAWSUIT The principal of Park Slope Collegiate is being investigated for “communist activities” but she says she was protesting racial segregation, according to a lawsuit. New York Daily News, New York Post

BOOK BASH One school has reportedly decided to get rid of its textbooks. New York Post

YES TO THE TEST Opinion: One Harlem parent says state test results help shine a spotlight on struggling schools. The 74

STUDENT PRESS A principal would not let students run the latest edition of their student newspaper, which had an article that criticized teachers. New York Post