Rise & Shine: Where’s Betsy DeVos? Officials won’t confirm reported visit to a Manhattan Jewish school

Good morning!

Where is Betsy DeVos today? The U.S. education department won't say — even though the secretary is reportedly slated to visit Manhattan High School for Girls. (If she is in town, it wouldn't be the first time the department kept quiet about a school visit.)

Plus, city officials are planning to present an alternative approach to integrating Upper West Side middle schools, possibly including more than just student test scores as a factor in admissions decisions.

And read about what annoyed high school students most about the shift to Common Core. Hint: They aren't big fans of group work.

— Christina

CHANGE IS COMING The city may consider factors other than test scores in a controversial proposal to integrate Upper West Side middle schools. Officials are expected to present a “new scenario” at a Community Education Council meeting on Wednesday. Chalkbeat, NY1 (May 11)

WHERE’S DEVOS? U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is reportedly visiting a Manhattan Jewish school for girls, but a spokeswoman would not confirm the visit, it’s not listed on her public schedule, and the school didn’t return multiple requests for comment. ChalkbeatNew York Post

LOOK BOTH WAYS A Staten Island school for students with special needs is located near a dangerous intersection, according to a report. State Island Advance

POLITICAL DONATIONS Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg donated more than $1.5 million to a California governor’s race that is being flooded with money from charter school boosters. Los Angeles Times

INSIDE COMMON CORE What did it feel like to be a student during the shift to Common Core? A new survey finds they almost universally dislike the move to more group work. One student missed old math textbooks, “because they actually explain it to me.” Chalkbeat