Rise & Shine: Suspensions are down, and so is the length of time students are removed from school

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New York City is issuing fewer suspensions in the first half of the school year — and removing students from school for shorter periods. State education leaders continue to face pushback after computer-based tests were hobbled by technical problems. And a Brooklyn school has shed its name, which belonged to a slave-owning family. Now P.S. 9 will be named after the city's first black principal.

Happy Tuesday!

— Christina Veiga, reporter

ABOUT TIME New York City has quietly cut down on the length of time that students are suspended. Chalkbeat

TREND LINE The number of suspensions decreased in the first half of the school year, which could undo a spike experienced last year. Chalkbeat

GLITCHY The state teachers union called for an end to computer-based testing, a call that the state commissioner rejected. Chalkbeat

SOUND OFF The first of a series of public forums organized by state senators to hear feedback on the specialized high schools will take place Thursday in Queens. Chalkbeat

WHAT’S IN A NAME A Brooklyn school will no longer be named after a slave-owning family. The City

HEALTH THREAT The health department is threatening to shut down yeshivas amidst a measles outbreak. NY1, New York Post

SAFETY FIRST Mayor Bill de Blasio defended a decision to ban unvaccinated children from school. New York Post

DRIVEN MAD School bus drivers have voted to authorize a strike. New York Daily News

SURPRISE! Reflecting on his first year as schools chancellor, Richard Carranza said he’s been surprised by public reactions to integration plans, and called the state’s law requiring an entrance exam for specialized high schools “racist.” New York Post