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Rise & Shine: High school students to lobby City Council members on after-school sports

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In Albany, state department officials shared their plan to ask lawmakers for a $2.1 billion increase in education funding next year.

There aren't drastic changes in what the state education department wants to fund or prioritize, largely focusing on sending extra dollars to high-needs districts. But the request is substantially larger than last year — by $500 million.

And there was concern that the officials would have trouble rolling out new programming in the ambitious plan because of what one Regent described as a department that is "woefully understaffed."

In New York City, parents in a mostly black school district raised concerns over the city's proposal to integrate the city's most sought-after high schools — starkly different issues than Manhattan parents, mostly white and Asian, raised at a similar meeting last week.

The parents at the Monday night meeting worried the city proposal does not do enough to support black and Hispanic students who would eventually go to the city's specialized high schools.

-Reema Amin, reporter

MONEY MATTERS The state department of education is requesting a $2.1 billion boost in education spending next year. The proposal comes ahead of a new legislative session, when several new senators who campaigned on boosting school spending will take office for the first time. Chalkbeat, Politico, The Daily Gazette13WHAM

As officials watch the budget process, they also hope their recommendations will guide how lawmakers address the issue of tying certain state assessments to teacher evaluations. Albany Times Union

DIFFERENT VIEWS In contrast to a Manhattan parents meeting last week, parents in Brooklyn’s District 16 wondered whether the city’s plan to scrap the admissions test for specialized high schools goes far enough for black and Hispanic students.

One parent said, “Our needs are not going to be met by getting the exact same things that everyone else gets.” Chalkbeat

CIVICS 101 City Hall will see some unlikely lobbyists on Tuesday: high schoolers. Black and Hispanic students will lobby nine City Council members on leveling the playing field for students of color who don’t have the same access to after-school sports as their peers who attend more affluent schools. New York Daily News

OPINION Even as Mayor Bill de Blasio’s school turnaround program, Renewal, is expected to end, the initiative’s targeted schools will still receive extra money for specific services, as Chalkbeat reported last week.

An author argues that extra resources should instead go toward high-performing schools in the same neighborhoods as Renewal schools. New York Daily News