Rise & Shine: Early reports suggest opt-out rates could be falling

EYES ON OPT OUT The number of families refusing to take state tests seems to have decreased slightly in some areas across the state, though it’s still too early to tell whether fewer students are opting out in New York City. Chalkbeat

Success Academy is not letting students who show up to school opt out of the tests. DNAinfo 

Opinion: Parents aren’t being given enough information about their right to refuse the test, or that test publishers can “field test” questions that don’t actually count. Washington Post

HOW I TEACH A fifth grade math teacher in the Bronx explains how she reoriented her approach to teaching math to focus on debate and discussion, rather than just getting the right answer. Chalkbeat

SECRETARY STATEMENTS U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said she isn’t concerned that school choice could harm American education because performance can’t get any lower — a picture that isn’t completely accurate. Chalkbeat

SANCTUARY SCHOOLS As the Trump administration pursues more aggressive deportation policies, the legal limits of the city’s ability to protect students could be tested. Politico New York

LEAD MAP Here’s a map of school water fountains that tested positive for lead. WNYC

STUDENT CENSORSHIP Opinion: New York state should not give schools final approval over what stories student journalists can publish. New York Daily News

UNCOMMON BEDFELLOWS Looming cuts in federal aid could unite camps that tend to be politically opposed: those who support traditional public schools, and the charter sector. The 74

ALL ACCESS Editorial: The city’s plan to give parents a more detailed sense of which high schools are accessible to students with physical impairments is good policy and should be expanded to all city schools. amNew York

FOLLOW THE MONEY A Manhattan-based network of preschools for children with disabilities overcharged the state, according to a new report. New York Daily News

SPOILED LUNCHES Mayor Bill de Blasio promised to look into school lunches that were pulled from cafeterias, and whether parents were notified promptly. CBS New York, ABC 7

CLUB FUNDS P.S. 51 in Manhattan is raising money to keep after-school clubs going next year. DNAinfo

ON TRIAL A Columbia Secondary School teacher accused of unwanted sexual advances disputed a teenager’s version of events. New York Daily News

OVERDOSE PREVENTION Many schools are now stocking naloxone, an antidote for people who are overdosing on opioids like heroin — but not in New York City. New York Times

CHARTER DEBATE City officials are trying to close Opportunity Charter School’s middle school — a program that mostly serves students with disabilities. New York 1, Chalkbeat (3/9)

SCHOOL SAFETY The school safety agents’ union is speaking out after a fight broke out among students at Richmond Hill High School in Queens. New York 1