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Rise & Shine: Charter schools find fans in Assembly, Wall Street

  • Hedge-fund executives have emerged as a dominant force in the charter school movement. (Times)
  • Several high-profile Assembly members are supporting the State Senate’s charter school bill. (Post)
  • Two charter school principals say the bill would make charters serve more special-needs students. (Post)
  • At its annual conference, the UFT honored the NAACP for its help stopping school closures. (Post)
  • Budget cuts were the primary focus at the all-day teachers union conference. (NY1)
  • Mayor Bloomberg could adjust his budget to prevent teacher layoffs if he wanted to. (Daily News)
  • The Times says teacher evaluation systems just aren’t good enough yet to do layoffs by quality.
  • The teachers behind Educators 4 Excellence say their school could lose 30 teachers to layoffs. (NY1)
  • The DOE is looking into testing claims against a principal who coached survey answers. (Daily News)
  • The UFT and community groups are seeking funding to fight absenteeism. (GothamSchools, Daily News)
  • One of Bronx Prep Charter’s first students describes how the school helped her get to UVA. (Post)
  • A school for deaf students says sign language means it can’t share space. (Daily News, Chelsea Now)
  • Staten Island’s community superintendent is resigning at the end of the school year. (S.I. Advance)
  • A 9-year-old budding supermodel is also a student in the gifted program at Queens’ PS 150. (Post)
  • Chancellor Klein explained to Israelis where to start in reforming the country’s schools. (Jerusalem Post)
  • The siblings of Obama’s newest Supreme Court nominee, Elana Kagan, teach in city schools. (Times)
  • Claims about how much class sizes will suffer because of budget cuts could be overblown. (Crain’s NY)
  • Michael Mulgrew says he apologized to Joel Klein for calling him “Chancellor Numbnuts.” (Post)
  • In letters, readers weigh in on the teachers union head’s not-so-nice nickname for the chancellor. (Post)
  • Internships and face time with celebrities are hot items in city schools’ auctions. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Across the country, parents are raising more money for schools to make up for budget cuts. (USA Today)
  • A tough budget climate is creating conditions ripe for what feels to many like teacher-bashing. (NPR)
  • Rochester takes an outsider’s view of mayoral control in New York City. (Democrat and Chronicle)
  • This is the first year that there is no Advanced Placement Italian exam. (Wall Street Journal)
  • China is paying to help some of its teachers to take positions in rural American schools. (Times)
  • New Jersey unveiled a proposal to award bonuses to teachers based on student test scores. (Times)
  • For the first time, the state is participating in a national program that rewards top teachers. (Daily News)
  • KIPP founder David Levin takes Sundays off from work, except when he calls former students. (Times)
  • Letter-writers respond to Charles Murray’s op-ed about why charter schools succeed. (Times)