Rise & Shine

Rise & Shine: This graduation season, some students are using their mortarboards to convey a distinct message

Here’s the education news this Tuesday morning.

Alex reports on the mayor’s endorsement of nearly all of the School Diversity Advisory Group’s first set of recommendations for increasing integration in city schools. Although many observers and advocates applauded the move as a significant step forward, others cautioned the details remain murky, and far more work remains to be done. You can find a link to a list of the recommendations —whether accepted, rejected, or still under review — here.

As we enter graduation season, researchers are also looking at just how much a high school diploma is really worth, and the disparities that persist among those who earn one. And don’t miss this delightful look at the distinctive artwork many students are applying to their mortarboards at graduation ceremonies.

— Sara Mosle, New York

TAKING THE ADVICE Mayor de Blasio endorsed 62 of 67 recommendations for increasing integration at city schools from the School Diversity Advisory Group. Chalkbeat

IS IT ENOUGH? Advocates of integration praised the city’s acceptance of the diversity group’s first set of recommendations, even as some said they represented only a first step, with more work to be done. Chalkbeat, The Wall Street Journal, Bklyner

OPINION: FROM THE MAYOR Bill de Blasio announces he is embracing nearly all of the diversity group’s first set of recommendations, released in February,  for increasing integration. The New York Daily News

PUSHBACK Schools Chancellor Carranza describes attacks on his hiring practices as a veiled form of racism. The New York Post

TASSLE UP This graduation season, many of those receiving a diploma are using their mortarboards as a canvas for self-expression. The New York Times

THUMBS DOWN Educators at a Manhattan public school delivered an overwhelming vote of no confidence against a principal, who has garnered controversy for years. The New York Daily News

CONFAB A forum in southern Brooklyn on the mayor’s plan to overhaul admissions at the city’s specialized high schools drew many critics. The Brooklyn Eagle

BILL ON CAPITOL HILL The U.S. House of Representatives is taking up more than four dozen amendments, tackling everything from sex education to English language learners, in a 2020 education-spending bill. The 74

SEEKING JUSTICE A trial involving a chemistry experiment that went wrong in a city classroom, severely disfiguring a student, has begun. The New York Daily News, The New York Post

REPORT CARD An overview of research on efforts to relax school discipline policies shows a mixed impact on academics and school climate. The 74

NEW MANDATE Legislators in Albany passed a bill that would enable school districts to mandate Kindergarten for children. Times Union

FOOD FIGHT Brooklyn’s borough president is lobbying for better food in city schools. Bklyner

OPINION: ALL ABOARD A newspaper’s editorial board applauds the mayor’s decision to address integration more forcefully by accepting a diversity advisory group’s recommendations. The New York Daily News

OPINION: DIPLOMAS COUNT Two researchers look at rising graduation rates and still see disparities for many disadvantaged population of students. The Washington Post