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Rise & Shine: Councilman conducting ‘informal probe’ of city testing security

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A union that represents thousands of pre-K teachers is considering a strike. It comes at a delicate time for Mayor Bill de Blasio — while considering a presidential run, he's touted his education record, which includes his signature move of expanding universal pre-K.

Teachers and principals are not doing enough to properly track bullying and harassment at New York City schools, according to a state audit released on Wednesday.

And some high profile figures, including U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, will attend an education town hall and rally this weekend in Queens.

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—Reema Amin, reporter

WALK OUT Higher pay is a chief demand for a union representing pre-K teachers that is now considering a strike. Chalkbeat

CONFUSION A state audit found that New York City educators don’t properly understand how to report incidents of bullying. Chalkbeat, New York Daily News, New York Post

TOWN HALL State and federal officials, including U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, are speaking at a rally and town hall on education this weekend. Many in the slate of speakers support more education funding, strong teachers unions, and limits on charter schools. Chalkbeat

PROBE The explosive college admissions bribery scandal has sparked City Councilman Mark Treyger to conduct an “informal probe” of New York City’s security measures around administering the SAT. New York Daily News

FUMED Parents took a principal to task Tuesday night during a meeting at Forest Hills High School, which is facing accusations of untethered student use of marijuana. New York Post

MAYORAL CONTROL Some Democratic state lawmakers who want to see changes in mayoral control of schools expressed their frustration in a closed-door meeting this week. NY1

ALCs Opinion: An English teacher at one of the city’s “suspension centers” argues the city has wrongfully focused on discipline reform, resulting in fewer students at alternative learning centers, which he described as nurturing environments. New York Post

DELAYS The city’s department of education is blaming a lawsuit for delayed high school offer letters but said they could be mailed as early as Monday. NY1, Chalkbeat (3/4)