Rise & Shine: Who opts out of standardized tests and why?

BY THE NUMBERS As the number of people sitting out standardized tests grows across the country, a new study tries to answer precisely who opt-out activists are and what they want. And they’re not necessarily who you’d think. Chalkbeat

‘STOP CUFFING US’ Students reacted to proposed changes to the education department’s discipline code eliminating suspensions for some of the city’s youngest students at a Monday evening hearing. Some argued the policy doesn’t go far enough. Chalkbeat

ROOM2LEARN A new site launched Tuesday, called room2learn, allows teachers and schools to upload pictures of how they are using or transforming classrooms and other spaces in their buildings — an idea hatched by a Brooklyn middle school teacher. Chalkbeat

UNION DISCORD The political harmony between Mayor Bill de Blasio and the city’s teacher union has faded in recent months, with union officials blasting everything from the mayor’s school turnaround program to new school discipline policies. Politico New York

SURVEY SAYS While students, parents, and educators are giving schools high marks on the education department’s annual survey, the rest of the city isn’t as impressed. Gotham Gazette

SCORING SUCCESS The Success Academy charter network posted big test score gains this past year, despite significant increases in enrollment. New York Post

Opinion: Those increases support the argument that the city should invest more in charter schools. New York Post

DISCIPLINE DEBATE Opinion: Mayor Bill de Blasio’s new policy aimed at eliminating suspensions for the city’s youngest students is misguided. New York Post

BACK TO SCHOOL Nearly 100 people gathered for the ninth annual Back to School Blast for children and their families on Tuesday at Tappen Park in Stapleton. Staten Island Advance

BOOK DESERTS “It is time reclaim authentic literacy that inspires and motivates black males,” argues Tiffany Flowers, an education professor at Georgia State University. Chalkbeat

CLOSING TIME Memphis school leaders are starting to track whether school closures boost academic achievement among displaced students, a practice that has shown some promise in New York City. Chalkbeat

HOMETOWN HEROES A panel of judges, including schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña, met Tuesday to select 11 top school staffers for the 2016 Hometown Heroes in Education awards. New York Daily News

ABUSE LAW A new law in New York is requiring that all public schools — including charter schools —post the state’s child-abuse hotline phone number. Staten Island Advance

SCHOOL SOFTWARE Facebook and Summit Public Schools, a nonprofit charter school network, announced that nearly 120 schools planned this fall to introduce a free student-directed learning system developed jointly by the social network and the charter schools. New York Times