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Rise & Shine: City principals are empowered, exhausted


  • Mayor Bloomberg says closing more schools won’t protect kids from swine flu. (Times)
  • Even at schools that didn’t close because of swine flu, the disease brought changes. (Times)
  • The soon-to-depart city health chief explains the city’s swine flu school closing strategy. (Daily News)
  • The swine flu closures could cost the city funding, if the state follows seat-time rules. (Post)


  • Under Mayor Bloomberg, principals have grown younger, more accountable, and tired. (Times)
  • Parents say yes, the schools are better, but they still want limits to mayoral control. (Daily News)
  • Mayor Bloomberg says parents don’t know best when it comes to educating their kids. (Post)
  • The sophistication of school data use has grown under in the last eight years. (Post)
  • The principal of Bronx Lab School says mayoral control saved his (5-year-old) school. (Daily News)
  • A Queens high school teacher says mayoral control hasn’t made his school much better. (Daily News)
  • Chancellor Klein speaks about his school leadership philosophy. (Washington Post)
  • At PS 14 in Queens, teachers use data analysis to figure out how to help their students. (Post)
  • Wayne Barrett’s journalism students weren’t able to get the now-audited no-bid numbers. (Village Voice)


  • The city created the conditions for Manhattan school overcrowding but didn’t plan for it. (NY Mag)
  • The city secured overflow space for the pre-K classes at two crowded Greenwich Village schools. (Post)
  • Parents are upset about overcrowding in the outer boroughs, too. (Daily News)
  • The charter schools run by the teachers union aren’t doing as well as some other charters. (Post)
  • The Post lambastes the politician who says her sponsorship on a charter school bill was a mistake.
  • A mom with experience in both Indian and NYC schools compares the systems. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Jay Mathews calls for compromise in the Broader, Bolder vs. Ed Equality debate. (Washington Post)
  • As school budgets shrink, schools apply for more grants. (Newark Star-Ledger)