Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: What the U.S. can learn from other countries’ approach to early-childhood education

Making unexpected remarks that generate headlines has become a calling card of the city’s schools chancellor. And on Tuesday, Reema reports, Carranza noted in a speech to the Hispanic Education Summit that the city may be “getting ready to do something” about children still being held in federal detention centers within the five boroughs. What action the city might be prepared to take, however, remains unclear.

In the same speech, Alex writes, Carranza appeared to break with Mayor Bill de Blasio’s past position that the city cannot scrap the SHSAT exam used for admissions at five of the city’s eight specialized high schools without running afoul of state law. On Tuesday, Carranza said the city's department of education “probably” could eliminate the test at five of the schools immediately but also indicated he had no plans to do so, deferring to what he described as the wishes of the schools’ principals to have admissions at all eight schools handled the same way.

The mayor, who has made rapidly expanding access to Pre-K a central part of his education agenda, will likely welcome the findings of an international study that shows the U.S. lagging behind six other countries on a variety of measures because it is unwilling to value or invest in universal early-childhood education. --Sara, New York bureau chief.

DO SOMETHING In a speech to the Hispanic Education Summit on Tuesday, schools Chancellor Carranza said the city was “getting ready to do something” about New York City children still being held in federal detention centers. Chalkbeat

SPLIT OPINION Contrary to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s position in the past, schools Chancellor Carranza suggested on Tuesday that five of the city’s specialized high schools could “probably” eliminate the SHSAT exam used for admissions without getting into legal hot water,  although he also indicated he had no plans to do so. Chalkbeat

JUMP START In international comparisons, the United States trails other countries that are seeing big benefits from greater investments in early childhood education, according to a multi-year study of six countries. The Hechinger Report

CONFIDENCE GAP Less than half of Americans polled place a lot of faith in the value of higher education, and the figure is lowest among those who identify as Republican, according to a new survey. Inside Higher Ed

RIVALING CHARTERS According to New York state education data, the number of students attending Jewish day schools and yeshivas has grown to exceed 110,000–nearly equal to the number of those enrolled in the city’s charter schools. The Yeshiva World

GLASS HALF EMPTY A survey of recent high-school graduates in New York state found that more than half felt, in retrospect, that their high-school coursework had not been very challenging, and nearly half of those who went on to college were required to take a remedial class in at least one subject. The Buffalo News

FAKE NEWS A hacked social media account was the source of a shooting threat, which was quickly debunked, at a Brooklyn middle school. The New York Daily News

DILATED PUPILS The eyeglass maker Warby Parker has announced a new venture to raise money to expand its Pupils Project, which to date has provided free vision screenings and 46,000 pairs of glasses to students at 227 New York City public schools. Vogue

OPINION: TEACH FOR AMERICA SILVER The president of Pace University argues for creating an education corps that is made up of older Americans who, instead of retiring, could help teach the next generation of students. Forbes