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Rise & Shine: What's on the agenda for New York's education policymakers this month

Monday, May. 16, 2016
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Happy Monday! As the state Board of Regents meets in Albany today, we have a preview of the education policy items they'll be discussing. Meanwhile, Chancellor Carmen Fariña will testify at a City Council hearing this morning about next year's education budget. We'll be listening for her to talk more about the city's efforts to help homeless students, and to see whether she's questioned about initiatives that didn't make it into the budget: free lunch for all students, and summer programs for middle schoolers. 
— Patrick

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What New York’s top education policymakers are talking about in May

In the second meeting with Chancellor Betty Rosa at the helm, the state’s education policy-making body will tackle charter school renewals, the metric for calculating violence in schools and computer-based testing. Read more.

Rise & Shine

A roundup of education news and analysis

education agenda

Teacher evaluations, charter schools, school violence, and computer-based testing are all up for discussion at the state Board of Regents' monthly meeting on Monday. Chalkbeat

LGBTQ students

The Obama administration last week ordered all schools to allow transgender students to use bathrooms that match their gender identity, but New York City has had similar guidelines since 2014. However, some schools are still struggling to implement them. NY1

The city school system's first-ever LGBTQ community liaison talks about training parent coordinators and principals, and bringing in LGBTQ authors to read to students. Schoolbook

'secret weapons'

As the number of weapons seized in city schools has increased by 26 percent, the school safety agents union says agents are being pressured not to share details about the weapons they confiscate. New York Post

no appeal

The city declined to appeal the reinstatement of a principal it tried to fire for cheating, and some teachers say that's because she would have argued that the cheating was sanctioned by the city. New York Post

'walking into Oz'

I.S. 75 has a "small-town feel" in part because of the close involvement of parents, some of whom volunteer at the school every day. Staten Island Advance

in defense of choice

Editorial: After a new report found that what neighborhood New York City students live in is still strongly linked to their odds of success in school despite their ability to attend high school outside their zip code, the Post argues that school choice remains a valuable policy. New York Post

tech warning

Op-Ed: A psychology professor warns against simply buying new technology and dropping it into schools, arguing that more technology in the classroom is not automatically better. New York Daily News

charter controversy

A group representing parents and teachers in Buffalo is planning to boycott an important policy-setting event because its keynote speaker is a charter school advocate and principal. Politico New York

assistive technology

A New Jersey school is at the forefront of what experts say is a broader move to supplement special education with technology. Wall Street Journal

crash course

A parent is suing the city for failing to prevent her kindergartener from running into a wall on a school playground. New York Post

contract dispute

Faculty members and employees at the City University of New York voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike if a mediator was unable to broker a deal with the administration, even though state law restricts public employees from striking. New York Times, New York Daily News

Extra credit

~United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew helped hand out free books to children in East Harlem on Saturday during a giveaway of some 40,000 free books organized by the union and the nonprofit First Book.

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