Rise & Shine: New York City’s pre-K providers hope to boost teacher pay
More money for 3-K and a new science curriculum. A $23 million cut to contracts. And no funding for social workers who work with homeless students. Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday presented his preliminary budget, calling for cuts for the first time. Reema rounds up what that means for education spending.
Plus, read what the candidates for public advocate had to say about the SHSAT during their first televised debate, and hear from pre-K providers who are pushing to boost their teachers' pay.
— Christina Veiga, reporter
BELT-TIGHTENING Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday presented his preliminary budget, which includes funding for 3-K and money for a new science curriculum. But facing a grim financial outlook, the proposal also slashes the central education department budget — and once again leaves out money for services for the city’s record number of homeless students. Chalkbeat, NY1, Wall Street Journal, Staten Island Advance, Politico
One part of the budget that’s not getting cut: the education department’s capital spending on school safety. QNS
TESTING TESTING Only three candidates for public advocate support the mayor’s plan to integrate specialized high schools. Chalkbeat
PUSH FOR PARITY Pre-K providers hope that the education department’s pending takeover of early childhood programs will lead to more pay for their teachers. City Limits
FACT CHECK Politifact looks into former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s education record — and deems his claims about rising graduation rates and narrowing the achievement gap as “mostly true.” Politifact
CRIME SCENE A student was slashed outside a school in Chelsea. NY1
SCHOOL STAFFER CHARGED Police say a Brooklyn assistant principal punched and kicked a student in a storage closet. New York Daily News, New York Post
DIVERSITY DEBATE Corey Johnson, the city council speaker and acting public advocate, blasted the mayor’s proposal to integrate specialized high schools. Weighing a mayoral run himself, Johnson said the city should instead consider opening new specialized high schools — and some other moves the city has already tried unsuccessfully. Queens Chronicle
WORDS HURT Opinion: The president of the Stuyvesant alumni association recently said that calling specialized high schools segregated makes him feel like a “bad person,” showing that the controversy around changing admissions to the schools is about perceptions and not the “matter of fact” that the schools are segregated. New York Magazine