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Rise & Shine: Looking back at 2018

Good morning!

With 2018 coming to a close, we wanted to pause and look back at the year that was. We had a newsy year, with a new chancellor and a contentious debate over plans to integrate New York City's prestigious specialized high schools. 

Meanwhile, the Chalkbeat network has reached several milestones of its own: We now have local-first coverage in both Newark and Chicago, and we kicked off our first multi-city Listening Tour this summer a series of in-person events that best illustrates our commitment to working both with and for our readers.

We also launched our first-ever membership program in November. As a nonprofit news organization, we know that Chalkbeat is nothing without our loyal readers, and we hope you’ll continue your support by donating to our end-of-year campaign. We have just 10 days left to hit our 2018 goals. Please donate today.

This is our last Rise & Shine of the year. Thanks for a great 2018. We'll see you in 2019!

— Christina Veiga, reporter

BEHIND THE BUDGET A new IBO report finds that just a fraction of the city’s extra spending on community schools is going towards physical and mental health services. Chalkbeat

PRE-K SEATS City Council members approved a new school site to build pre-K and 3-K seats. Staten Island Advance

TIME FOR TECH Staten Island schools celebrated Computer Science Education week. Staten Island Advance

AP SCORES Check how your Staten Island school performed on Advanced Placement exams. Staten Island Advance

THE THOUGHT COUNTS Teachers across the country described the strange gifts they’ve gotten from students, including a glass eye and a dead snake. NPR

RED FLAG An audit by the comptroller found that dozens of pre-K sites were not properly inspected by the health department. New York Post

TUITION BILLS Heydrick Padilla fell in love with chemistry as a high school student at Bard. Now he needs help paying for tuition at Wheaton College. New York Times

COUNTERPOINT Opinion: The state “is doing the right thing” by releasing updated guidelines for private schools that receive public dollars, despite pushback from leaders in the Jewish and Catholic community. Lo Hud

Q-AND-A Former New York City schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott, who now heads the Queens library, weighs in on mayoral control, Amazon, and more. City & State