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Rise & Shine: New York City high school graduation rate up slightly, preliminary numbers show

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New York City's preliminary graduation numbers show an uptick of about one percent, which would make it a record high. The news was more grim for struggling schools in the Renewal turn-around program: more than half missed their targets, the New York Times reports.

Also, districts across the country have planned to use federal money on transportation costs as part of larger desegregation plans. But there's a catch: a decades-old law that restricts spending on busing.

And, in light of a federal complaint recently filed by a New York City parent, read about how other cities handle sharing student information with charter schools.

GOING UP New York City’s graduation rate has risen to 74 percent, up about one percentage point from the previous year, according to unofficial numbers. Chalkbeat

But more than half of schools in the Renewal turn-around program failed to meet their graduation targets. New York Times

AFTER GRADUATION More city high school graduates are heading to college, according to city data. NY1, Chalkbeat (11/15)

GOING STEADY A school crossing guard has spent 40 years ushering children to safety on the same Harlem corner. New York Times

PROUD PAST The struggling Boys and Girls High School features a museum that highlights its more successful past. NY1

YESHIVAS DEBATE Parents and religious leaders discussed the controversy over yeshivas, some of which are accused of not providing an adequate secular education. NY1

Students who say they got a substandard education in yeshivas shared their experiences. CBS New York

MAKE ROOM Some charters are still waiting for the city education department to allot them space for their schools. New York Post

COMING SOON A new college prep charter high school on Staten Island recently won approval. Staten Island Advance

HERE’S HOW Breakthrough New York shares helpful tips for guiding students through the high school application process. Amsterdam News

COPS AND KIDS The 44th Precinct has teamed up with a Bronx school for a mentoring program. New York Daily News

ACCUSED AIDE The lawyer for an aide who is accused of slapping a student says his client shouldn’t be charged criminally. New York Daily News

BAD CALL An angry ex-boyfriend called a Coney Island high school and threatened to start shooting there, police say. Pix 11

BUSING BAN A decades-old ban on federal money for busing could pose a problem for districts now trying to desegregate. Chalkbeat

RECRUITMENT VS. PRIVACY A New York City parent recently filed a federal complaint saying information about her daughter was improperly shared with charter schools. Here’s how other cities handle the issue. Chalkbeat

EXTRA CREDIT

Kids from the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx participate in a dance session funded through the Heisman Trophy Fund for Youth Development, a partnership between The Heisman Trophy Trust and The New York Community Trust that has awarded $1.2 million to sports and educational programs in the city.