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Rise & Shine: Bronx principal launches primary challenge against longtime incumbent for Congress

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Bronx principal Jamaal Bowman is launching a primary congressional campaign against powerful 16-term incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY). We caught up with Bowman — who's also been a teacher, guidance counselor, and dean — to learn more about why he's running.

In local politics, this year's legislative session in Albany ends today, but again likely without any major movement on Mayor Bill de Blasio's proposal to diversify the specialized high schools.

A former principal wrote about why he feels the city's anti-bias trainings don't feel effective even though he believes in their mission.

And finally, the controversy surrounding Chancellor Carranza's leadership of the education department and hiring practices showed no signs of dying down Tuesday. We're curious about how this is affecting education department staff, whether inside Tweed or in classrooms around the city, so please reach out to us at

There's still more news, so keep scrolling.

–Reema Amin, reporter


CLASS TO CONGRESS? A Bronx principal and vocal opt-out supporter is mounting a congressional campaign. We spoke with him about the decision and his thoughts on key local education issues. Chalkbeat

He will be challenging powerful, 16-term incumbent Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY), chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee. New York Times, Politico, The Hill, Education Week, Buzzfeed News

SHSAT The bill that would eliminate the admissions exam to the specialized high schools advanced out of the Assembly’s education committee in Albany on Tuesday. But that’s likely the last movement on Mayor de Blasio’s plan for the second consecutive year. Chalkbeat, New York Post

IMPLICIT BIAS First Person: A former Manhattan principal commends Chancellor Richard Carranza’s goals for implicit bias trainings, but he says the sessions aren’t effective. Chalkbeat

SEEKING SUPPORT After Chancellor Carranza was criticized in a letter from a group of elected officials, some City Council members said they were asked by de Blasio staffers to sign a letter of support. New York Post

On Tuesday, Carranza’s critics and cheerleaders continued to be vocal. New York Post

CITIZENSHIP As the Supreme Court weighs a citizenship question on the next census, more than $10 million hangs in the balance for city schools. Chalkbeat

WATCHDOG A federal watchdog found that several large U.S. school districts, including New York City, misreported restraint and seclusion data to federal officials by reporting the number zero, even though they don’t collect that information. NPR

CLASS SIZE Queens politicians are pushing for more school construction in the borough, with concerns about overcrowding. QNS

PERSONAL TIME A DOE official is taking vacation days after the New York Post wrote about his disciplinary record and allegations of money mismanagement at a previous job. The education department says he is extending a trip visiting family. New York Post

BURNING ALIVE’ A student who was burned during a bad chemistry experiment detailed the incident in court on Tuesday. New York Post