Rise & Shine: Queens school district takes first step toward increasing integration in its schools

As you settle in for the weekend, here’s the news this Friday.

Our New York reporting team takes a look at recent criticism of schools Chancellor Carranza and his approach to hiring, racial bias, and integration in city schools. The team parses what’s a departure from past school administrations ― and what’s not ― and notes that neither Carranza’s supporters nor his detractors are backing away from a fight.

Alex, who broke the news about big changes to a 1990s agreement between the city education and police departments, has a report on other coming changes to school discipline policies, including a cap on the length of suspensions, which represents a major victory for advocates of discipline reform.

And Zipporah spoke to students whom the changes will most affect to get their reactions.

A Queens school district has also begun taking its first steps toward integration with the help of a grant designed to spur diversity in schools.

― Sara Mosle, New York bureau chief

NOT BACKING DOWN Schools Chancellor Carranza ― and his critics ― have dug in as controversy over racism and integration roils city schools. Chalkbeat

BIG WIN In what many school discipline reform advocates consider a major victory, New York City will soon begin capping suspensions at 20 days. Chalkbeat

FEEDBACK Students respond to new rules for school safety officers and curbs on harsh discipline in city schools ― changes likely to affect black and Hispanic students the most. Chalkbeat, The New York Times

MAKING A MOVE A Queens school district takes its first steps under a new plan and grant to integrate its schools. QNS

BAD DATA School districts across the country have significantly underreported their use of restraint and seclusion to control students’ behavior, according to a federal watchdog agency. Times Herald-Record

MINDING THE GAP There are planning deficits for emergencies like active shooters at many city schools, according to an audit released by the state’s comptroller. Brooklyn Eagle

UNDERLYING SOURCE A new report finds that school disciplinary actions that disproportionately target black and Hispanic youth are feeding the school-to-prison pipeline. Amsterdam News

NEW COLLABORATION The de Blasio administration is launching five cross-agency projects to help fight poverty-related challenges among New Yorkers, including students in temporary housing who struggle with attendance. The Gotham Gazette

TALKING IT OUT Starting next school year, New York City will initiate a comprehensive program to bring social-emotional learning to every classroom. Fortune

GIRL POWER A gender-equity group has won its first battle to bring more Title IX coordinators to city schools. CBS News

COLLEGE SCANDAL: OPINION Testing abuses, legacy preferences, and bad parent behavior are swaying college admissions and must change, according to a longtime education observer. The Hechinger Report