Rise & Shine: Could NYC do more to prevent lead exposure in schools?

Two weeks ago, during a presidential debate in Detroit, Mayor Bill de Blasio touted his commitment to “literally ending the notion of lead poisoning” in New York City — just as city officials were revealing that hundreds of city classrooms had dangerous lead paint.

Since then, our reporters Alex and Reema have spent hours on the phone with lead experts to understand what it would take to achieve de Blasio's promise. They learned that the city's plan to handle lead paint in schools is legally sound and in line with what's done in other places — but far from what's possible. Their report leads our news roundup today.

— Philissa Cramer, Chalkbeat managing editor


EXPOSURE ZERO Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to cut lead exposure to zero. But experts say the city schools’ lead protocol could be stronger. Chalkbeat

CUTTING EDGE The number of knives confiscated in city schools last year was slightly lower than the year before, but higher than in 2014-15. New York Post

LEARNING HATE A Long Island lawmaker is proposing a bill that would require all New York students to learn about symbols of hate. New York Post

COPY PAPER It’s back-to-school season not just for students but for the hundreds of websites trying to sell them tools for cheating. Wall Street Journal

FIRST PERSON A special education teacher describes how and why she went from hiding her own disability in the classroom to openly discussing it. Chalkbeat