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Rise & Shine: In State of the City, de Blasio promises more of the same for education

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In today's news, Mayor Bill de Blasio delivered his State of the City last night, where he pledged to continue his existing vision for city schools instead of offering new ideasMeanwhile, in Albany, some of the state's top education policymakers held a meeting to talk about school integration and started discussing tentative steps to address school segregation.

Also, are students with disabilities receiving their legally required services? A new city council bill would force schools to disclose that information.

— Monica

 

STATE OF THE CITY Mayor Bill de Blasio did not lay out a new education agenda in his State of the City last night, and instead said he would double down on existing initiatives. ChalkbeatWall Street Journal, New York Daily News, New York Post, NY1, Politico New York, New York Times

RISE UP After designating DreamYard Preparatory high school as a struggling school several years ago, the city now says it is on the rise. Will it be able to keep its momentum? New York Times

IN ALBANY Some of New York’s top education policymakers floated ideas to combat the state’s severe school segregation. Chalkbeat

I’M JUST A BILL Mark Treyger, the new chairman of city council’s education committee, authored a bill that would require schools to disclose how well they are serving students with disabilities. Chalkbeat

MORE SLEEP Treyger also wants to create a task force to study whether all city middle and high schools can move their start times to 8:30 a.m. or later. New York Daily News

LACK OF HELP Nearly 50,000 students were denied legally required special education services, according to an annual education department report. The 74

NEW SCHOOL A school in the Bronx closed and the city opened a new one in its place. How is this strategy working? NY1

CONTINUED CONTROVERSY A principal who has already been accused of preventing educators from teaching black history, allegedly confiscated a student poster of the African-American musician Lena Horne. New York Daily News

MANDATORY CLASS Some politicians and activists are demanding that all schools teach African-American studies. New York Daily News

STUDENT ART Staten Island students contributed to a large piece of artwork that celebrates Chinese New Year. Staten Island Advance

BIG CASE Opinion: In an upcoming Supreme Court case, the courts will decide whether unions will be allowed to “trap public workers,” writes a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. New York Daily News

SUIT UP Editorial: By trying to stop regulations that would allow some charter schools to certify their own teachers, state officials are not doing what is in the best interest of New York’s children. New York Post

GATES WATCH Bill and Melinda Gates say they may start looking beyond education to fight poverty. (Gates also supports Chalkbeat.) Chalkbeat