Rise & Shine: The fight to improve a tiny Brooklyn school gets tied up with integration efforts

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With power outages affecting the city — and, possibly, summer school sites — we hope you managed to stay cool this weekend. If you need something to read while staying indoors, we've got lots of education news for you, including this story about a tiny Red Hook school that is among the lowest-performing in the city, but has been fighting to turn things around. Parents and activists say they're seeing improvement, but now their efforts have intertwined with another monumental task: integrating schools in Brooklyn's District 15.


Christina Veiga, reporter


DRAWING LINES Parents, activists, and educators have been hard at work trying to turn around P.S. 676 the Red Hook Neighborhood School. Their efforts could help make or break a wider push for school integration — which brings a fresh set of concerns about the possibility of gentrification. Chalkbeat

ROCK ON Stuyvesant teachers have been learning how to make guitars, a lesson in STEM that they plan to pass onto their students. NY1

FINE PRINT A recently announced deal to give a raise to pre-K teachers who work in community-run programs actually leaves out most teachers. New York Daily News, Chalkbeat (July 19)

MAKING MOVES Opinion: MaryEllen Elia’s recent resignation as state education commissioner means politically motivated policy changes are probably in the works. New York Post

SEEKING ANSWERS Opinion: Questions about potential conflict of interest around former education department official Abram Jimenez should be investigated. New York Post

AGENT CHARGED Police say a school safety agent pushed and dragged his girlfriend. New York Post

SENDING MESSAGES After the Post wrote about a lawsuit brought by white women claiming they were discriminated against, a group for education department staffers who are of color shared an email calling for employees to show support for the chancellor. New York Post

TERMINATED A teacher was fired after she was said to be found hiding in the bedroom of one of her students. New York Post

MAKING THE CASE Lawyers defending the Spence School in a lawsuit argued that it should be up to educators to decide the punishment of a girl whom students accused of using racist language on social media. New York Post

PRETTY PICTURES Artwork by Staten Island students will hang in the U.S. Capitol. Staten Island Advance

IF YOU BUILD IT Using discarded shells from restaurants, New York City students are helping rebuild oyster reefs to help clean up local waterways. Fortune

SOUND OF MUSIC The Grammy Music Education Coalition is partnering with New York City and other school districts to support music education. The 74

SPED MAZE Parents who have children with special education plans often have trouble finding a school that can meet their child’s needs. WFUV