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Rise & Shine: How the city is encouraging schools to bend rules and reduce segregation

Friday, May. 27, 2016
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Happy Friday! The city gave us a peek at how it plans to get every third-grade student reading on grade level, and it begins with 100 coaches who will help train teachers in four nigh-needs districts.

Also, read about how the city is encouraging some schools to bend the rules and set aside seats for high-needs students to reduce segregation, though at least one expert points out the plan is a far cry from a systemic solution. Thanks for reading and have a great Memorial Day!
— Alex

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City will hire 100 reading coaches to kick off of universal literacy initiative

The city's goal of having every third-grade student reading on grade level will begin with 100 reading coaches who will focus on teacher training. Their ranks are expected to swell to 470 by 2019. Read more. 

New York City, and its teachers union, now encouraging schools to bend its rules to reduce segregation

The city's efforts to promote diversity are closely tied to the philosophy that plans for reducing segregation shouldn't come from the top. And the latest effort to encourage schools to try new outreach efforts and set aside seats for high-needs students is no exception. Read more.
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Rise & Shine

A roundup of education news and analysis

bending the rules

After some schools were stymied in their efforts to reduce segregation, city officials say they want to see more ideas like setting aside seats for high-needs students and other changes that could require waivers from teachers-contract rules. Chalkbeat

Early literacy

New York City's ambitious goal of having every third-grade student reading on grade level will start with 100 reading coaches in four high-needs districts in Brooklyn and the Bronx. Chalkbeat

lead by example

Here's how one pre-K program in Bushwick is outshining its peers. Hechinger Report

control fight

The city Education Council Consortium, an influential advisory group, is pushing to limit de Blasio's control over city schools. New York Daily News

power of P.E.

Meet the Brooklyn physical education teacher who believes every child can excel in sports, it's just a matter of finding the right one. New York Daily News

critical thinking

Former NYU president John Sexton blasted the New York public school system, saying that hiring teachers with lower SAT scores than their students is a "ticket for failure." Politico New York

RIP

Classmates remembered Rupra Gurung, an 18-year-old Newton High School student who drowned off Rockaway Beach this week. DNAinfo

star aquittal

A jury acquitted a senior Brooklyn high school football player of attempted murder after he allegedly fired into a crowd two years ago. New York Post

#IGtakeoverPRHS

The Staten Island Advance turned over the keys to its Instagram account to Port Richmond High School for the day to get a glimpse inside the school. Staten Island Advance

Getting the lead out

Elevated lead levels are not uncommon in districts across the region, and schools are grappling with how to prevent and respond to the problem. LoHud

Extra credit

About 1,500 students participated in Big Idea Week this month, which is a mentorship program that sends engineers and designers from companies like Etsy and Makerbot into New York City schools. Pictured here are 5th graders from P.S. 307 as they present their Instranspho glasses to fellow students, teachers and mentors at the Made in NY Media Center. (Photo by Rowa Lee)

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