Rise & Shine: Meet a Queens community vowing to fight a proposed school closure

Good morning! Not all schools that are slated for closure are accepting the news without a fight. A school community in Rockaway, Queens is mounting a battle against the proposed closure of P.S./M.S. 42, including t-shirts and rallies in Albany. We also explored the politics behind Cuomo's statement that he wants to direct more money to poor schools this year.

Plus, a new study estimates the cost to district schools when students leave for charter schools. Finally, are you wondering what Oprah would bring to the table on education policy if she ran for president? Chalkbeat has you covered.

— Monica

STAYING ALIVE A community in Queens is vowing to fight the proposed closure of P.S./M.S. 42, in a pattern of events that harkens back to an earlier era when Mayor Michael Bloomberg closed many schools across the city. Chalkbeat

MONEY MATTERS Governor Cuomo signaled he wants to spend more on poor schools in his State of the State, a continuation of his march towards more progressive education causes. Will that create a significant boost in funding for high-poverty schools? Chalkbeat

BUS CRASH A school bus crash in Brooklyn left five children and three adults injured. New York Daily News, NY1

ALBANY RALLY At a rally in Albany, advocates across the state pushed for more funding for education. WIVB

NEW LOOK A school in Yorkville is re-opening with a new exterior. NY1

ARTS EDUCATION Opinion: Chancellor Carmen Fariña writes, “The arts are not a frill, and they are here to stay.” Brooklyn Daily Eagle

HIGH STAKES New York’s unions could lose $110 million per year if they lose a pending Supreme Court case, according to a new study. New York Post

YOU’RE FIRED New York State’s Court of Appeals ruled that a teacher would remain fired for helping a student cheat on a state exam. New York Daily News

FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN A teacher in Staten Island was fired because she used a student photograph in a fundraising campaign. New York Post

KNIFE FIGHT A Queens teenager slashed her peer with a kitchen knife outside of school. New York Daily News

CHECKMATE This year’s New York City chess tournament drew 1,500 students from schools across the city. Brooklyn Daily Eagle

SCHOOL SEGREGATION A Vox data project shows that New York City’s policies reduce segregation compared to where students would go to school based on where they live. Patch

CHARTER COST In a North Carolina district, district schools had between $500 and $700 less per student when they lost about 15 percent of students to charter schools, according to a new study. Chalkbeat

PRESIDENT WINFREY There’s renewed buzz about Oprah running for president after her speech at the Golden Globes. Chalkbeat examined what that might mean for education. Chalkbeat