Rise & Shine: Chancellor Betty Rosa says New York has not abandoned education reform

CHANCELLOR CHAT After an op-ed that claimed state education policymakers have abandoned innovative reforms, New York State Chancellor Betty Rosa hit back. Chalkbeat

DIFFERENT AGENDA Opinion: Paul Massey — who is running for mayor — argues for an education platform that includes opening more specialized high schools, stricter accountability, and reversing de Blasio’s approach to struggling schools. New York Post

REVOLVING DOOR After Richard Buery became deputy mayor, the Children’s Aid Society (where he previously worked as president and CEO) received millions more in grants from the city. New York Post

CLOSURE SUIT Parents at Opportunity Charter School filed a lawsuit against the education department in an attempt to keep its middle school open. New York Daily News, New York Post

MAKING THE GRADE After a principal at DeWitt Clinton High School was removed for changing students’ grades, some teachers allege his successor pressured teachers to fix grades. New York Post

GRAD RATES A new appeals process created by the Board of Regents may make graduation rates at the city’s struggling schools look better than they really are. New York Post

Q&A New York education commissioner MaryEllen Elia spoke about the state’s approach to struggling schools, the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, and Betsy DeVos’s plans to promote school choice. The 74

STUDENT ACTIVISM Students played a key role in the ouster of Townsend Harris High School’s current principal. WNYC

CHARTER CAP Republican state Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan will push for more charter schools in New York City in exchange for renewing de Blasio’s control of the schools. New York Post

TEACHING DIVERSITY Opinion: An Uncommon charter school teacher explains why a diverse teaching force is crucial for student achievement. New York Daily News

FOOD BILL State Assemblyman David Weprin has introduced legislation that would require public schools serve food that meets a student’s religious dietary restrictions, including halal and kosher meals. New York Post

FOIL FACTS Opinion: The education department’s long response times to public records requests show that Mayor de Blasio isn’t taking his own advice on running a transparent government. New York Daily News

The education department is among the slowest agencies to respond to freedom of information requests. Chalkbeat

FRAUD ALERT A Queens rabbi admitted to embezzling millions from a preschool serving special needs children. New York Post

IMPROPER TEXTS A teacher at Brooklyn Tech has been accused of an inappropriate relationship with a student. New York Post

BAD NEWS A Manhattan guidance counselor is under investigation for having a sexual relationship with a student. New York Post

PARTICIPATORY BUDGETING A slew of Queens schools will get technology upgrades under the City Council’s participatory budgeting program. DNAinfo

NEW CHANCELLOR Meet Kristina Johnson, who is set to take the reigns at the State University of New York. New York Times