Rise & Shine: Can NYC learn from Flint about testing children exposed to lead?

Good morning!

When Bishop Ashburn was a baby, he ingested enough lead to cause brain damage — likely altering his behavior and ability to learn. But children like Bishop often don't receive rigorous neuropsychological testing, making it difficult to ensure they get the special education services they need.

Now, a group of advocates are quietly advocating for New York to adopt a policy enacted in Flint, Michigan that would require more comprehensive testing in an effort to better address the needs of children exposed to lead.

Also in today's roundup, read about the comptroller's concerns regarding the city's new contracts for pre-K and childcare services.

And finally, I'm moderating a panel discussion today at 6 p.m. on mental health and education presented by the Center for Integrated Training and Education. You can find all the details here and, if you can't make it in person, feel free to join the livestream.

—Alex Zimmerman, reporter

A TESTED FAMILY Ten-year-old Bishop Ashburn was exposed to lead as a baby, likely causing permanent brain damage that has significantly affected his ability to learn. Now, some advocates are calling for new neuropsychological testing protocols to ensure children get the help they need. Chalkbeat

MONEY MATTERS Comptroller Scott Stringer is asking the city to overhaul its contracts for pre-K and childcare services. Chalkbeat

CHARTER CHALLENGES At a major ed reform conference in Oakland, charter supporters reflected on the political headwinds they’re facing across the country, including in New York. Chalkbeat

Raising the cap on charter schools does not appear likely this legislative session, despite Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s support. City & State

A LEGAL MATTER Students who were burned during a 2014 science class at Beacon High School will receive over $1 million as part of a legal settlement. New York Daily News

POLICY IDEAS Democratic presidential hopeful Julián Castro unveiled a proposal to create a national, federally funded pre-K program as part of a broader suite of education initiatives. New York Times