Rise & Shine: Mayor de Blasio invites Asian advocates to discuss various issues, including SHSAT

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Mayor Bill de Blasio will meet this afternoon with representatives from Asian-American groups to discuss various issues, including his controversial proposal to eliminate the admissions exam for specialized high schools. The meeting comes right as the mayor's proposal hangs in balance in Albany, where lawmakers haven't even voted on the bill in its committee.

Meanwhile, supporters and opponents of scrapping the admissions test are scrambling to make their case to lawmakers as the legislative session winds down. Among them was Chancellor Richard Carranza, was up in Albany talking to legislators about the city's plan.

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—Reema Amin, reporter

FACE TIME The mayor has invited multiple Asian-American-led groups to Grace Mansion for a discussion about various topics, including his plan to diversify the specialized high schools. To some it feels like a move that’s too little, too late. Chalkbeat

SCRAMBLE Groups on all sides of the specialized high schools debate are trying to win support from lawmakers as the legislative session winds down in Albany, leaving a small window for lawmakers to act on the issue. Wall Street Journal

WORK TRIP Chancellor Richard Carranza traveled to Albany Wednesday to discuss with legislators the city’s plan to diversify specialized high schools, which has been met with considerable skepticism. New York Post

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MERITOCRACY Opinion: Are education advocates and city leaders being rightfully critical of meritocracy? One columnist explores the question. New York Times

TOUGH QUESTIONS A group of New York City student journalists got a chance to interview the father of Malala Yousafzi, a lauded activist and Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The 74

CHALLENGER Michael Benedetto, a Bronx Democrat who chairs the Assembly’s education committee, will face at least one challenger in the primary for 2020. City and State