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Rise & Shine: Lawmakers demand hearing over education department’s travel spending

Happy Friday.

A new lawsuit alleges that Success Academy violated civil rights laws in its treatment of students with disabilities.

The complaint accuses the well-known charter operator of changing special education placements without informing parents, moving students to lower grade levels and ignoring rulings from hearing officers, Alex reports.

Meanwhile, the city has extended the school application deadline. Complaints of confusion and glitches with the new online application system did not inspire the extension — the department insists it is formalizing an extension that was usually honored in the past.

Regardless of the reason, the change is the latest in an application season full of them. Christina breaks it down.

And, state lawmakers are asking a state education committee to hold a hearing over an audit that revealed city officials unnecessarily spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on travel last year and skirted regulations designed to curb that kind of spending.

There's a lot more to read, so we'll let you get to it. See you Monday.

-Reema Amin, reporter

LAWSUIT Advocates For Children and a law firm have accused Success Academy, the city’s largest charter operator, of making sweeping and unlawful decisions over how students with disabilities received special education services. Chalkbeat, New York Daily News, Politico

LET’S HEAR IT Two state lawmakers have asked the Assembly’s education committee chair to hold a hearing over an audit that says city education officials overspent taxpayer money on travel.

Talk of a hearing played out Wednesday on Twitter, where politicians argued over renewing mayoral control of the school system. New York Daily News

CONSTANT CHANGE Families and schools were notified Wednesday that they’re getting an 11-day extension to submit school applications. But between this, late state test score results, new integration plans and a reportedly glitchy online system, this application season has been full of change. Chalkbeat

REMEMBERING LEVY Harold Levy was schools chief for just two years, but many say his legacy is long-lasting. News of his death inspired many to share memories of that legacy, his progressive vision, his personality and the extra mile he would go for some people. Chalkbeat, WNYC, NPR

FRESH START A veteran educator will be the new leader of a division that oversees city students who are learning English for the first time. In an interview with Chalkbeat, Mirza G. Sánchez-Medina said one of her goals will be helping families navigate the system. Chalkbeat

DO THE MATH Is the number of American public school teachers of color going up or stagnating? Our national desk explains what the numbers really say. Chalkbeat