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Rise & Shine: Half of NYers say schools are worse than in '92

  • A new poll finds that half of New Yorkers think the city’s schools have declined in the last 20 years. (NY1)
  • A new test will play a bigger rule in the city’s gifted screening this year than previously announced. (WSJ)
  • Ginia Bellafante: To increase diversity at specialized high schools, the city should invest in pre-K. (Times)
  • Three teachers cited for lewd or offensive classroom speech no longer work in city schools. (Daily News)
  • A Queens teacher filed a harassment claim against her principal, whom the city tried to fire before. (Post)
  • An educator who was fired for racy photos taken before she started teaching is suing the city. (Post)
  • Confusion about protocol at Grover Cleveland HS blocked some students from taking the SAT. (NY1)
  • Cell-phone storage systems that city students have been using for years are unique to New York. (AP)
  • Charter backer James Merriman: Progress reports are flawed but have good news for charters. (Post)
  • The city and UFT are trying to fill vacant special education jobs by recruiting new teachers. (SchoolBook)
  • Some doctors are prescribing Ritalin just to help low-performing students do better in school. (Times)
  • In India, affirmative action in higher education more often gives a boost to the upper class. (Times)

Last week on GothamSchools:

  • The State Education Department is looking to farm out some of its charter authorizing duties. (Friday)
  • The city says it is on track with the Young Men’s Initiative, especially the justice piece. (Thursday)
  • Public advocate Bill de Blasio said he would raise taxes on the rich to pay for more pre-K. (Thursday)
  • Comptroller John Liu issued a report calling on the city to add 1,600 guidance counselors. (Thursday)
  • About 300 existing counselors are rotating schools because they don’t have regular jobs. (Thursday)
  • A change to how teachers without positions are placed means more stability for some. (Wednesday)
  • The city put three dozen elementary and middle schools on notice that they could close. (Wednesday)
  • Choir Academy saw its scores drop while it was under two investigations for cheating. (Wednesday)
  • The city held special high school admissions guidance sessions for students in foster care. (Tuesday)
  • A charter school principal explained how different enrollment policies can affect scores. (Tuesday)
  • High schools that the city tried to close last year are under pressure to get many applicants. (Tuesday)
  • Many more schools became eligible for closure because of their city grades for last year. (Monday)

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