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Rise & Shine: How the census could still undercount marginalized children — and the implications for schools

Good morning! Hope everyone survived Monday evening's severe flash flooding.

In today’s news, as the battle over adding a citizenship question to the census has died down, educators across the country are still warning that marginalized children are certain to be undercounted — with big implications for public school finances.

And if you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to check out Christina’s story, which we featured over the weekend, about local efforts to improve a small, low-performing elementary school in Red Hook, and how this push is becoming intertwined with broader efforts to increase integration in Brooklyn’s District 15. 

— Sara Mosle, New York bureau chief

COUNTERING THE UNDERCOUNT School superintendents from across the country are sounding the alarm about the certain undercount of marginalized children in the next census, and the implications for schools. U.S. News & World Report

TOXIC TOLL Bushwick public schools are struggling to eradicate high levels of lead found in sinks, faucets, and water fountains. The Bushwick Daily

ILL-SERVED Over two dozen education advocacy groups say their work is being hampered by subpoenas from the state attorney general’s office in an ongoing lawsuit over New York’s education funding. The Daily Gazette

YOUR MONEY OR ELSE Outrage continues to spread over a Pennsylvania school district that sent letters home saying if school lunch bills weren’t paid, parents could lose their children to foster care. NPR

TESTING’S END The Board of Regents is considering scrapping ‘the Regents,’ one of the oldest academic exam systems in the country, to help boost graduation rates and redefine the meaning of a New York high school diploma. The Times Union

OPINION: TURNCOATS A misunderstanding about the origin and meaning of the phrase “no excuses” is helping to drive some charter school operators to turn on the sector’s most successful models. Education Week

OPINION: THE TECH REVOLUTION June’s graduating class at Brooklyn’s P-TECH, a six-year STEM high school and early college program, which creates career pathways with the help of business, shows the power of the STEM 9-14 model for students. The Brooklyn Reader

OPINION: CHARTER REBUTTAL Many city charter schools demonstrate that a “social-justice pedagogy” is not necessary to improve the academic performance of black and Hispanic students. The City Journal