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Rise & Shine: NYC grad rate is up but still way behind suburbs’

From New York City:

  • A new report says NYC’s graduation rate has risen by the sixth-highest amount nationally. (Daily News)
  • The city still has one of the largest graduation gaps when compared to nearby suburban districts. (Times)
  • The DOE is no longer trying to change state law to turn Catholic schools into charters. (Times)
  • A state labor board is set to rule today on the unionization efforts of KIPP AMP teachers. (Post)
  • A Queens student was arrested after he took a gun through a metal detector at his school. (Post)
  • A school fire safety system that a whistleblower said was flawed failed a test yesterday. (Daily News)
  • A new coffee table book highlights art on display at city public schools. (City Room)
  • Community education councils, the parent councils in each district, remain anemic. (WNYC)

And beyond:

  • Democrats for Education Reform hired a former Sheldon Silver aide as its chief state lobbyist. (Post)
  • The College Board wants undocumented students to become eligible for financial aid. (USA Today)
  • The stimulus is giving hope and anxiety to teachers whose jobs might be cut. (Christian Science Monitor)
  • Arne Duncan argues for an “honest assessment” of what works in education. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Thomas Friedman reports on a study calculating how much bad schools have cost the country. (Times)
  • The Times says the USDOE should really make sure states give stimulus money to the poorest districts.
  • A new study concludes that California’s high school exit exam has hurt lots of students. (LA Times)