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Rise & Shine: High school's bathroom-pass strategy backfires

  • The HS of Graphic Communication Arts used plungers as bathroom passes until it was told to stop. (Post)
  • Parents want the attorney general to ensure a shared data system protects student privacy. (Daily News)
  • Some of the same parents who opted their children out of field tests in June are doing so again. (Times)
  • The proposal for district-wide choice in District 6 has some parents worried about snagging seats. (WSJ)
  • The new law requiring kindergarten means more pre-K students will have to switch schools. (Daily News)
  • Parents are upset that Brooklyn’s P.S. 224 cut P.E. instruction for its youngest students. (Daily News)
  • Computer programmers held an all-night “hackathon” to come up with apps about absenteeism. (NY1)
  • Volunteers fanned out to help spruce up 90 schools, half in Brooklyn, on New York Cares Day. (NY1)
  • A city teacher was censured for requiring her middle school students to pray to Jesus. (Daily News)
  • The chess team at Brooklyn’s I.S. 318 stars in a new movie. (Come to our showing Oct. 21!) (Daily News)
  • The Daily News says the UFT Charter School’s struggles offer a lesson about the value of leadership.
  • Micah Lasher of StudentsFirstNY says the lesson the school teaches is about the UFT. (Daily News)
  • Charter school operator Deborah Kenny says government-run teacher evaluation is a bad idea. (Times)
  • Michael Benjamin: The next mayor has to make early success in reading a top education priority. (Post)
  • A test-score boosting scheme in El Paso, Texas, involved pushing many students out of school. (Times)
  • New York City’s School of One program is replicating in D.C. as “Teach to One.” (Washington Post)
  • Rocketship, a technology-steeped charter network, wants to have 2,000 schools by 2020. (USA Today)

Last week on GothamSchools:

  • A year after the Occupy movement swept education, city activists say reverberations are still felt. (Friday)
  • Democracy Prep’s founder and superintendent Seth Andrew is leaving after seven years. (Thursday)
  • City efforts to boost parent engagement and serve needy students are coming along slowly. (Thursday)
  • The city’s comparison of old and new state test questions highlight a coming challenge. (Thursday)
  • Even after the city ended its high-profile “turnaround” plans, some could still get funding. (Wednesday)
  • Virtually all of the schools monitored on test days this year had possible issues in the past. (Wednesday)
  • The UFT Charter School, opened to prove a point, could be closed over poor performance. (Tuesday)

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