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Rise & Shine: Fariña encourages classroom discussions after Florida shooting

Good morning.

In the wake of a school shooting that left 17 people dead in Florida, schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said the incident "cut me to the core" and encouraged educators "to engage in the challenging questions and conversations about tragedies like this one." The incident is unlikely to reshape school safety conversations in New York, but it is resurfacing debates across America about the frequency of school shootings and how to keep students safe.

Also in today's roundup: A former teacher at a Harlem charter school and his brother were arrested for stockpiling explosives and paying students to help them make bombs.

Enjoy the long weekend, and we'll be back in your inbox on Tuesday.

—Alex

THE AFTERMATH After the Florida shooting, schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña reassured families on Thursday that the city’s schools are safe and encouraged educators to talk about what happened. Chalkbeat, NY1, amNY

Across the country, the shooting elicited both terror and anger — and raised debates that are far from settled about how to keep American students safe. Chalkbeat

FOILED PLOT A former Harlem charter school teacher and his brother were arrested for stockpiling explosive materials and paying students to help them make bombs in their apartment. Politico New York, Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, New York Post, NY1, Washington Post, New York Times

PRINCIPAL PROTEST Students and parents are calling for the education department to fire a Bronx principal who allegedly blocked black history lessons. New York Daily News

SHOOTING THREAT Two students from Brooklyn Prospect Charter School were arrested after threatening to shoot people at school. New York Post, New York Daily News

A LEGAL MATTER A former Bronx physical education teacher claims that he was fired in part because he is white. New York Post

BAD BEHAVIOR A former Staten Island teacher who resigned after making a sex tape with a student was hired by the Newark school district. New York Post, Asbury Park Press

NO SCHOOL New York City schools are closed Friday in celebration of the Lunar New Year. Time Out New York