Rise & Shine: As legislative session wraps up, mayoral control remains in limbo

TIME’S UP As the state legislative session draws to a close Thursday, some insiders are saying it appears likely that Mayor Bill de Blasio will receive a one-year renewal of control over the city’s schools with some new measures added around parental involvement and budget transparency. New York Post

De Blasio said on Wednesday that the school system would descend into “chaos and corruption” if mayoral control is not renewed before it expires this month, though he said the city did some contingency planning when this same scenario played out in Albany last year. New York Daily News, NY1

In addition to extending mayoral control, there is a chance that lawmakers will revise a law that links education funding to districts’ carrying out an unpopular teacher-evaluation law — though that appears unlikely. Chalkbeat

TOP GAP Even the highest-achieving black and Hispanic students have trouble making it into the city’s eight specialized high schools that use entrance exams, according to a new report. Chalkbeat

TOP LAWYER A longtime city law department official will become the education department’s general counsel, a top position that has been vacant since February. Chalkbeat

SPECIAL-EDUCATION SPACE Parents and advocates held a rally on Staten Island Wednesday to demand the education department create more classroom space for severely disabled students. Staten Island Advance

GAME CHANGER The principal of an Upper West Side high school has dramatically boosted the school’s academic results in just three years, which she attributes partly to a curriculum meant to boost students’ independence and their social-emotional skills. DNAinfo

ALLEGED ABUSE The family of a six-year-old boy is calling for a teacher’s aide at a Bronx charter school to be fired after he allegedly abused the boy in a closet. New York Daily News, NY1

MIRACLE GRADUATE Two years after an East Harlem gas explosion killed his mother and sister and left him gravely injured, a student who used drawing and writing to cope with the trauma is preparing to graduate high school. NY1

GRADE FIXING A former Bronx principal was forced to resign after investigators found that he improperly changed student grades. New York Post

SEEKING RECOGNITION First Person: Two co-principals explain how they collaborate daily, make important decisions together, and even share the same office, yet the city gives them different titles and salaries. Chalkbeat

ALL IN THE FAMILY A Brooklyn girl is set to graduate high school with a 14-year perfect attendance record — an incredible feat that her sister pulled off before her. New York Daily News

COMMISSIONER FOR A DAY High school students were honored at police headquarters Wednesday for coming up with crime-fighting proposals. New York Daily News

HOMETOWN HEROES A teacher and musician singlehandedly developed a music program at her South Bronx school. New York Daily News

‘INEQUALITY TRAP’ Editorial: The Post says that Mayor Bill de Blasio is working to “keep city schools unequal” by failing to share details about where teachers without permanent positions have been reassigned. New York Post