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Rise & Shine: City lawmakers spar over Carranza

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City lawmakers are weighing in on Chancellor Richard Carranza's stewardship of the city's schools, with some calling him divisive and others arguing his leadership is bold and decisive. On Monday, Carranza responded by calling the criticism a "distraction" from what the education department is trying to do to promote equity.

Among other areas, Carranza has pledged to address special education. But his efforts could be complicated by gaping holes in "Early Intervention" programs for young children with disabilities, our friends at THE CITY report. The gaps fall especially hard on black and Latino families and those living in the Bronx.

And in case you missed it, Phil Weinberg, a senior department official who oversees teaching and learning, is stepping down.

—Alex Zimmerman, reporter

STRUGGLE TO THRIVE The city’s Early Intervention system often falls short for families of color, particularly those living in the Bronx. Chalkbeat via THECITY

WAR OF WORDS In a public clash, city lawmakers weighed in on schools Chancellor Richard Carranza’s stewardship of the nation’s largest school system. Chalkbeat, WNYC

ICYMI Phil Weinberg, an education department veteran who oversees teaching and learning, is stepping down. Chalkbeat

TIME SENSITIVE Students who are allowed extra time to take the SHSAT are more likely to be white or more affluent. New York Times, Wall Street Journal

BAD EXPERIMENT Photos of a student’s extensive burns were shown to jurors during a trial about a Beacon High School science experiment that engulfed a student in flames. New York Post, New York Daily News

SCHOOL SAFETY A state audit found safety hazards such as cigarette butts in play areas, toxic cleaning supplies, and peeling paint at five Staten Island pre-K sites. Staten Island Advance

HOT TAKE Opinion: Mayor Bill de Blasio’s record on education, among other issues, shows why he’s been a good mayor for New York City. New York Times

Opinion: The Heritage Foundation’s Mike Gonzalez doesn’t think Carranza’s agenda has merit. New York Post