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Rise & Shine: KIPP wants to open new ‘intentionally integrated’ school

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Before we get to the news, we want to hear from you about the city's Discovery program.

The program is supposed to help diversify the city's eight specialized high schools by granting admission to high-need students who score just below the cutoff on the schools' entrance exam, if students complete summer coursework. By 2020, as part of the city's integration initiative, each of these high schools will be required to reserve 20 percent of their seats for Discovery program students.

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At a time when New York City is staring down a closing charter-school cap, charter school network KIPP hopes to open an "intentionally integrated" middle school in Manhattan. Right now, Kipp says, 99 percent of its students are black, Hispanic, or multiracial, mostly from low-income families.

Speaking of integration, parents at a meeting arranged by a Manhattan PTA shared both support and criticism for the city's proposal to further diversify the eight specialized high schools. And in Queens, parents aired their education concerns directly to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza at the first stop of the city's latest listening tour.

-Reema Amin, reporter

DESIGNING DIVERSITY KIPP wants to open another Manhattan school that will focus on building an integrated student body. But the president of the local education council said there’s no room for the charter school. Chalkbeat

TEACHABLE MOMENT Seven years ago, Sesame Street introduced a character named Lily to teach kids about child hunger. Lily’s coming back, but this time to teach kids about an issue that has bedeviled New York City, its top officials, and educators: homelessness among children. On a website related to the show, parents, teachers and social workers can learn how to help children cope with homelessness.  New York Times

AMAZON TO ACs Parents posed a host of tough questions to Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Richard Carranza during the pair’s new listening tour, which is an invite-only forum for parent leaders. Their main message seemed to center on improving the city’s response to parent concerns. Chalkbeat

HIGH STAKES A report about the plight of school integration highlights New York City’s proposal to diversify its eight specialized high schools. Intelligencer

Citing some of Chalkbeat’s work (and our peers), the report looks at the group of Manhattan parents who raucously protested the city’s proposal, including one man who called it a “grand experiment.” The author writes about the demographics of specialized high schools and who gets the most offers — all available in our handy cheat sheet for understanding the SHSAT debate.

MIXED REACTIONS At a forum hosted by a Manhattan middle school PTA, parents praised and criticized the city’s proposal to integrate the specialized high schools and eliminating the admissions exam. Chalkbeat