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Rise & Shine: Number of black and Hispanic students at NYC’s specialized high schools has fallen sharply in recent decades

If you’ve been hearing a lot about the city education department's implicit bias training, Chalkbeat has surveyed nearly 100 educators, most of whom have participated in the training, on what their experiences were like. Reema has our report and says those experiences vary widely.

The number of black and Hispanic students attending the city’s specialized high schools has fallen sharply in recent decades, a slide captured in photos from the schools’ yearbooks.

And students who just missed the cut-off on an admissions test to the specialized schools but were admitted through a program designed to increase school diversity were able to meet the schools' rigorous academic demands, say city lawyers in new papers filed in an ongoing lawsuit over the program.

And finally, our special School's Out happy hour is this Wednesday, June 5, and we really hope you will join us to talk about our biggest stories of the year and meet some members of our team. Your first drink and all the appetizers are on us. Space, however, is limited, so please RSVP here.

--Sara Mosle, New York bureau chief

LISTEN UP Educators who have participated in the education department’s training on implicit bias share their experiences, which have varied widely. Chalkbeat

LOSS LEADERS The city’s elite specialized high schools have seen a dramatic decline in black and Hispanic enrollment over the last 40 years. The New York Times

MEMORY BOOK An alum of the city’s specialized high schools describes how their yearbooks have changed over the years as the numbers of black and Hispanic students have dwindled. The New York Times

KEEPING UP Students admitted to the specialized high schools through the Discovery program, designed to increase diversity at the schools, were able to handle the rigorous classwork, city lawyers say. The Wall Street Journal

FAME Protests have erupted at the city’s elite performing arts school over whether admissions to the school have begun to stress academics over auditions. The New York Times

STAYING PUT Gov. Cuomo says the charter school cap is unlikely to be lifted by the end of the current session in Albany. The New York Post

NEW PORTAL New York’s Board of Regents plans to create a new parent dashboard to provide comprehensive information on the state’s schools. The Times Union

WANTED An online job posting for a NYC school district explicitly sought “teachers of color” although was later removed. The New York Post

THWARTED The founder of a black-led charter school in Brooklyn with a focus on African and African-American cultural education has alleged the state education department is attempting to block its application to grow. Gotham Gazette

UPPING THE PRESSURE Some Asian-American parents are stepping up the fight against the mayor’s plan to overhaul admissions to the city’s specialized high schools. The Brooklyn Eagle

BUYER BEWARE The Better Business Bureau is warning students of a scam being run by an online site purporting to sell school textbooks. NBC New York

OPINION The city’s immigrant welcome center does little to help students find or adjust to school, according to a student who relied on them. AM New York