Rise & Shine: Will New York City’s new school diversity plan actually promote integration?

ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT After pushing for systemic integration efforts, advocates said the city’s diversity plan sets goals that are too modest and doesn’t offer a clear path to meet them. ChalkbeatEducation Week

The plan forbids middle schools from using “revealed choice” — which allows schools to consider how each student ranked the school on their applications in making admissions decisions. DNAinfo

Editorial: While officials deserve credit for advancing a diversity plan with specific goals, it aims too low. New York Daily News

MOVING ON Ernest Logan, head of the city’s principals union, announced he will retire this summer. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL CHOICE Mayor Bill de Blasio has argued housing patterns largely account for the city’s racially divided school system. But in Manhattan’s District 1 — which serves a mix of racial groups — school segregation is driven by parent choice. New York Times

TIT FOR TAT Jeffrey Klein, who leads a breakaway group of Senate Democrats, proposed extending Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control of city schools if the mayor agrees to give more power to local community education councils. New York Daily News

A dozen labor leaders urged state officials to back a multi-year extension of mayoral control. City & State

NOW OPEN Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s new Excelsior Scholarship program that extends free college to many middle-class families is now accepting applications — and 3,000 students applied Wednesday. DNAinfo, Associated PressPatch

COLLEGE PREP First-generation college students often struggle to marshall the resources they need to successfully navigate the admissions process. But a handful of programs, including in New York City, are trying to fill that gap. New York Times

TRANSFER TALK Education officials held a hearing in Brooklyn to solicit feedback on their plan to carry out the federal Every Student Succeeds Act — and alternative high schools expressed concern over how they will be evaluated. The 74

SCHOOL CLIMATE MAP An interactive map shows school-level safety data in New York and Los Angeles. The 74

SAFETY SCARE Two Queens schools faced bomb-related scares Wednesday. New York Daily News

STUDENT SEARCH Officials are looking for a Bronx High School of Science student who posted a suicide note on Facebook. New York Daily News

PTA SCHOLARSHIP The Staten Island Federation of PTAs awarded $32,000 in college scholarships. Staten Island Advance