Rise & Shine: At a selective middle school, parents worry about an influx of ‘unscreened’ students

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In today's roundup, read about a group of parents at Manhattan's selective Mott Hall II middle school who are worried about being forced to admit students from a less selective school in the same building that is slated for closure.

Also, the state has requested a waiver that would allow some students with disabilities to take exams below their grade level, a change that state officials say will help educators better gauge student learning. But special education advocates are largely opposed, saying the move could wind up lowering standards for those students.



DEBATING ADMISSIONS Education officials are planning to close Manhattan’s P.S. 165, a non-competitive middle school that is co-located with Mott Hall II, a school that admits students based on academic ability. But some Mott Hall II parents are worried the proposed closure will allow students from P.S. 165 to bypass their school’s screening process, hurting its academic performance and making it less diverse. Chalkbeat

DISABILITY WAIVER New York officials want to allow some students with disabilities to take exams below their grade level, a proposal advocates largely oppose. Chalkbeat

SEXUAL ASSAULT Students at Brooklyn’s It Takes a Village Academy said school officials failed to respond to reports of sexual abuse between students in a locker room. The city removed the school’s principal this week. New York Daily News, New York Post, Associated Press, ABC 7, NBC 4

MOSKOWITZ MEMOIR “While Moskowitz evidently set out to tell a personal story, the book quickly and primarily becomes a vehicle for its author to relitigate battles with her enemies,” argues Rachel Cohen in a review of Moskowitz’s new memoir. The New Republic

TODDLER TRAGEDY Parents expressed shock when a three-year-old boy with a dairy allergy died in a Harlem preschool after being fed a grilled cheese sandwich. New York Daily News

The boy’s family said the school waited to call 911 — and instead called his mother. New York Post

SICK STUDENTS Some students and teachers at schools in Lower Manhattan during the 9/11 attacks say they were sickened by toxic debris. New York Daily NewsNew York Post

NEW STAFF Success Academy has hired 40 military veterans to work in roles ranging from classroom teachers to business managers. New York Post

JACKPOT Resorts World Casino in Queens has generated over $2 billion in revenue for the city’s public schools since it opened in 2011. New York Daily News

YESHIVA INVESTIGATION Opinion: Now that Mayor Bill de Blasio has won a second term, he must stop dragging his feet on rigorously investigating the city’s yeshivas. New York Daily News 

FOOD FIGHT The city appeared to be investigating after school food executives were found to have accepted trips paid by vendors that delivered poor-quality lunches. CBS 2

GUN SCARE A report of a child carrying a gun near Staten Island’s P.S. 50 prompted a “soft lockdown” — though it appears that the report was unfounded. Staten Island Advance

STUDENT HOMELESSNESS The rate of student homelessness in Seattle schools is rising at a rate similar as New York City, according to a new report. Seattle Times