Rise & Shine: Charter school rent payments to reach $80 million — a 54 percent increase

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When Bill de Blasio became mayor, he signaled he might pull the plug on his predecessor's policy of giving charter schools free space in public buildings. Instead, state lawmakers made it so the city would have to pay rent for charters if they weren't given the room they needed. Now, those rent payments are way up, and expected to reach $80 million.

Plus: Families looking to enroll their children in Head Start may have to find other programs after federal officials called for an enrollment freeze. It's the first bump in the road to result from the city's ambitious plan to streamline early education services.

— Christina Veiga, reporter

SPACE CASE Here’s why payments to cover charter schools’ rent is up 54 percent — totaling $80 million. Chalkbeat

DEEP FREEZE Some Head Start providers has been told to stop enrolling new students, the first bump in the road as New York City overhauls its early education services. Chalkbeat

TALKING SHSAT City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is introducing legislation to appoint a task force to recommend changes to specialized high school admissions. Wall Street Journal, Chalkbeat (March 28)

CUFFED A Bronx teacher is one of more than a dozen people arrested in a sting that nabbed men who thought they were meeting underage kids for sex, police said. New York Post

TIGHT SQUEEZE Here’s which Staten Island high schools are overcrowded. Staten Island Advance

MARK THE CALENDAR Time to start planning for the year ahead: The 2019-2020 school calendar is out. Staten Island Advance

WAITING GAME A Bronx mom says she’s waiting to get her son into a charter school because traditional schools in her neighborhood have “failed too many children.” The 74