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Rise & Shine, First Day of School Edition: Tuesday, 9/2

  • Mayoral control is on the hotseat this school year, and a new advocacy group has formed, with the DOE’s backing, to support it. (Times, Sun, Post, Daily News)
  • Two-thirds of city high school graduates entering CUNY schools have to take remedial classes. (Daily News)
  • School districts nationwide are seeing more students in poverty this year. (Times)
  • Because of a 2006 contract rule change, the number of administrators paid an assistant principal’s salary despite not actually having a job has ballooned. (Post)
  • More than a year after the DOE promised to offer storage lockers as a cell phone compromise, no school has actually received a locker. (Post)
  • Over the summer, the DOE cleaned up several schools where testing last year revealed high levels of some carcinogens. (Daily News)
  • Even with thousands of new classroom seats, schools in Queens remain overcrowded. (Daily News)
  • Parents are dealing with new school fees and growing supply lists. (Times, Washington Post)
  • A boycott of Chicago’s schools to protest funding inequality is happening as planned today. (Chicago Sun-Times)
  • Hoping to help their children avoid gangs and academic failure, parents at one Los Angeles school successfully lobbied to preserve 6th grade as an elementary grade. (L.A. TImes)
  • A new catering company is providing local, sustainable food for six city private schools. (Sun)
  • The Washington Post has an overview of contemporary issues in mathematics teaching.
  • Sol Stern says he has “buyer’s remorse” on mayoral control and proposes changes. (City Journal)
  • Jay Mathews debates a high school teacher about how to restructure high schools. (Washington Post)
  • Buildings in poor repair can house excellent schools, so focusing on facilities before instruction doesn’t make sense, Jay Mathews argues. (Washington Post)
  • World Magazine, a Christian news magazine, has a comprehensive and even-handed summary of presidential candidates’ views on education.