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Rise & Shine: Black to spend first school day on a 5-boro sprint

The chancellor change:

  • Cathie Black will spend her first school day as chancellor touring schools. (NY1, AP, Post)
  • The State Supreme Court okayed Black’s appointment last week. (Post, Daily News, Times, WSJ, NY1)
  • Before that, opponents of Black’s appointment made their case before a judge. (Daily News, Post, Times)
  • Six principals offer Black advice, from minimizing budget cuts to boosting writing instruction. (Times)
  • NY1 looks back on Joel Klein’s eight-year tenure as chancellor. (Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • In an exit interview, Klein said he might have done well to explain himself better as chancellor. (Times)
  • Mayor Bloomberg praised Klein during his weekly radio address. (Daily News)
  • The Post says Klein performed magic in improving schools during his tenure as chancellor.

Other news from New York City:

  • Since August, the city has enrolled more than 1,300 students in schools it hopes to close. (Daily News)
  • A ruling on whether the city can release teachers’ value-added scores could come any time. (Post)
  • New York City’s value-added experience shows just how problematic the approach remains. (Times)
  • Principals on the Jamaica HS campus canceled a student play that criticized Joel Klein. (Daily News)
  • But the city says Klein had no problem with the play being performed. (Daily News)
  • A look back at the year 2010 in New York City’s public schools. (GothamSchools)
  • Among the problems at Ross Global Academy: 77 percent teacher turnover. (Post)
  • Prostitution surrounds West Farms elementary school in the Bronx. (Times)
  • Ira Weston, embattled principal of Paul Robeson HS, is under investigation again. (Post)
  • The Times says New York City’s efforts to improve the national GED are good but not enough.
  • Prompted by a Bronx mom’s lawsuit, the EPA issued new rules for school toxin cleanup. (Daily News)
  • PS 142 on the Lower East Side credits its arts program with helping students succeed. (Times)
  • The teacher suspended for blogging about being a sex worker is telling her story in Marie Claire. (Post)
  • The Post says the teacher’s case shows that rubber rooms are alive and well under a new policy.
  • Francis Lewis HS principal Musa Shama explains why the school isn’t failing. (Bayside Times)
  • A Middle College HS secretary used school funds to pay for personal purchases. (Post)
  • A consultant, Charles Barron’s goddaughter, distributed racy poetry to PS 279 students. (Daily News)

And beyond:

  • Some school districts used their edujob funding as a safety net instead of to save jobs. (Times)
  • Shanghai’s high PISA scores stem from discipline, long hours, and lots of practice. (Times)
  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan lobbies for national education law reauthorization. (Washington Post)
  • Companies that guard against standardized test cheating are cleaning up in the current climate. (Times)
  • Students in poor areas are getting to college with help from early college programs. (Times)
  • Science fairs are struggling in the recession. (Times)
  • Some universities are thinking about how to communicate grade information better. (Times)
  • Mark Zuckerberg’s $100 million to Newark schools lands atop competing visions for reform. (The Nation)
  • Economist James Heckman thinks schools can be improved by investing in early childhood. (Times)
  • Virginia’s new social studies textbooks are full of egregious errors. (Washington Post)

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