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Rise & Shine: The troubled past of the largest foster care provider for unaccompanied minors

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Another push to diversify New York’s top public high schools has begun — but this proposal does not include the elimination of the specialized high school test. Yesterday, New York Sen. Tony Avella and other advocates rallied at City Hall in support of a bill that aims to add more gifted and talented programs, which supporters hope will prepare more students to take the SHSAT. But as Chalkbeat's Christina Veiga points out, while the bill would add formal gifted tracks in middle schools, which don’t exist today, it does not address diversity directly or the fact that these programs are already segregated.

Also in today’s roundup, we hear about the history of the the foster care center that has been housing hundreds of the separated children in New York. And there are new theories about who is to blame for the school-zone speed camera shut down, this time from someone who has taken heat for the program's demise: State Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan.


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EXPAND GIFTED Critics of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s plan to eliminate the specialized high school admissions test rallied at City Hall in support of a new bill that is aimed at diversifying New York’s top high schools by expanding gifted programs in elementary and middle school. Chalkbeat


Opinion: The New York state senators aren’t the ones to blame for the failure to reinstate the school-zone speed cameras — it’s on Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor de Blasio and other Democrats, according to Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan. New York Daily News

Opinion: In order to keep kids safe now that many speed cameras aren’t working around schools, the city should find other solutions, like putting up ‘radar signs’ in school zones and assigning police to high risk areas. New York Post

YESHIVA LAWSUIT Opinion: The education department investigation into yeshivas is going too slowly, and a federal lawsuit filed last week highlights the schools’ failure to meet standards and brings to light de Blasio’s failure to take action against them. New York Daily News

SEPARATED CHILDREN Cayuga Centers, the largest foster care agency which the federal government is paying to temporarily take care of migrant children separated from their families, has a history of abuse and poor treatment of workers. The New York Times

FACIAL RECOGNITION A school in Lockport, New York, is implementing a facial recognition system to keep the community safe. Cleburne Times-Review

MISSING SCHOOL In order to tackle absenteeism, 36 states, including New York, have included chronic absenteeism in their federal accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act. But because of the law’s vague wording, the results may not be consistent or accurate. The 74