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Rise & Shine: Officials hope new dual language classes will promote integration

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New York's plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act was largely approved, but U.S. officials blocked a proposal that would have allowed students with disabilities to take tests below their grade level, and also rejected a plan to hold schools accountable for the English scores of newly arriving immigrants only after three years in the country (they will be accountable after two).

Also in today's roundup: New York City is planning to double the number of dual language pre-K programs, which could help reduce segregation in classrooms serving the city's youngest students.

Finally, check out NY1's wide-ranging interview with Chancellor Carmen Fariña, who reflected on her tenure, school segregation, and the city's often-criticized program to turn around struggling schools.

—Alex

 

SIGNED AND SEALED U.S. officials approved much of the state’s plan under the federal Every Student Succeeds Act — but said the state cannot create special testing rules for students with disabilities or those still learning English. Chalkbeat

LANGUAGE LEARNERS Education department officials are planning to add 33 dual language pre-K programs, doubling the number currently available. Chalkbeat, WNYC, Pix 11

LEAVING A LEGACY In a wide-ranging interview with NY1, schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña discussed her tenure, school segregation, and the qualifications her successor should have.

HELP WANTED Three of the nation’s largest school districts are all simultaneously looking for new leaders, highlighting the challenge of finding talented replacements. The 74

And, in case you missed it, here’s why that task might be particularly difficult in New York City. Chalkbeat

SLEEP SURVEY Three-quarters of the city’s adolescents are getting less than eight hours of sleep each night, according to the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. New York Daily News

A LEGAL MATTER An education department administrator claims she was demoted after refusing a request from her superintendent to give two teachers poor reviews, according to a lawsuit. New York Post

CORRUPTION CLAIM Editorial: The education department should not continue to pay a former superintendent who was accused of corruption. New York Post

FACT CHECK Mayor Bill de Blasio’s claim that the city’s graduation rate has increased by 50 percent in 13 years was rated “true.” PolitiFact