Rise & Shine: De Blasio’s SHSAT plan gets a key endorsement, but its fate is still uncertain
As the legislative session winds down, Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to integrate eight specialized high schools has struggled to gain traction in Albany. But the proposal has now been endorsed by the state’s 63-member Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic, and Asian caucus — though it's unclear if that will help push the plan over the finish line.
Back in the city, top officials are in the final stage of hammering out next year's budget. City lawmakers have pledged to eliminate the gap between preschool teachers at in district programs versus community organizations, and a deal to achieve that now seems likely. Sources also say the city is poised to hire hundreds of additional social workers for schools that don't have access to a dedicated one.
—Alex Zimmerman, reporter
BUDGET TALKS City officials are expected to boost the number of social workers in schools and appear close to a deal on pre-K pay parity in next year’s budget. Chalkbeat
MANSION MEETING Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza met with members of the Asian-American community about their proposal to increase diversity at eight of the city’s specialized high schools. Chalkbeat
INTEGRATION CONVERSATION Opinion: NY1’s Errol Louis argues that de Blasio has given the integration movement “a strong push forward.” New York Daily News
The advocacy group Educators for Excellence is pushing the city to do more to recruit and retain teachers of color. Brooklyn Eagle
MEASLES WATCH New York will no longer allow exemptions from vaccinations on religious grounds. New York Times, Wall Street Journal
Two New York City schools were closed for violating the city’s order for mandatory vaccinations. NY1
SCHOOL SAFETY A state audit found some city schools are not in line with state safety regulations regulations, including evacuation and emergency response plans. New York Daily News
BAD EXPERIMENT The father of a boy who was badly burned during a high school chemistry class testified that he couldn’t recognize his son’s face in the aftermath. New York Post
A deposition from the teacher involved was also read at the trial. New York Post
GOOD STEWARDS A few Queens schools won accolades for making their communities more environmentally friendly. QNS
2020 VISION Opinion: Multiple Democratic presidential contenders have suggested dramatic boosts to teacher pay. But it might not help students as much as you’d think, one researcher argues. New York Times
DIVERSITY DEBATE Opinion: A Chicago Sun Times columnist criticizes New York City’s implicit bias training.
Editorial: Carranza’s management style is misguided. Queens Chronicle