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Rise & Shine: For principals, wide discretion on what gets credit

  • What counts for course credit varies widely from school to school, especially in gym classes. (Times)
  • A memo at Flushing High School shows a grade floor and many chances for makeup work. (Daily News)
  • Michael Goodwin: Dennis Walcott told me he wants to hear about cheating allegations personally. (Post)
  • City officials: The DOE is paying the New Teacher Project even though it has no contract. (Daily News)
  • A budget deal will prevent teacher layoffs. (Gothamschools, Daily News, Times, WSJ, NY1)
  • The Post says that Bloomberg didn’t match actions to his budget threats, unlike Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
  • Schools in the city and nationally are cutting librarians, even when doing so violates regulations. (Times)
  • Teachers say student behavior is out of control at Harlem’s MS 344, which the city wants to close. (Post)
  • An arbitrator upheld the city’s bid to fire a teacher who joked about students’ death on Facebook. (Post)
  • The daughter of Brooklyn’s NAACP chapter attends a boarding school in New Hampshire. (Post)
  • The Daily News says the NAACP should have fought “last in, first out” layoff rules, which aren’t needed.
  • The new principal at Brooklyn’s PS 107 was an assistant principal at nearby PS 321. (Brooklyn Paper)
  • Thurgood Marshall Academy grad Rokya Samake went from struggling to squash-playing. (WNYC)
  • Chicago’s Austin Polytech has graduated its first class, but its success is anything but assured. (Times)
  • A nonprofit called year Up provides job training for young adults using mostly private money. (Post)
  • With budget cuts on the way in San Diego, many fear class sizes will rise. (Times)
  • A Chicago high school that is trying to use data more rationally is beginning to see some results. (WSJ)