Rise & Shine: State lawmaker wants to investigate Renewal’s demise
Success Academy and the New York City education department have often come under fire for how students with special needs are supported. Now, both will come under state scrutiny after an investigation found the charter network and the city violated the rights of students with disabilities.
Plus: Find out what staffers do differently in schools where homeless students perform well.
And there was a New York City education angle to the crush of Michael Cohen news yesterday: Documents submitted to congress by Trump's former fixer show the president's legal team threatened legal action if his records from attending Fordham University were released publicly.
— Christina Veiga, reporter
TRACKING SUCCESS State investigators found that Success Academy and the New York City education department have violated the rights of students with disabilities. Chalkbeat, Politico
HOMELESS CRISIS With student homelessness at record highs, a new study finds that younger students are more likely to experience housing instability, and that schools where homeless students perform better academically tend to have staff who go the extra mile to support families. Chalkbeat
AUTOPSY REPORT A state assemblywoman is calling for an investigation into Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Renewal program. Intended to turn around struggling schools, the city announced the program would end after spending nearly $800 million but producing mixed results. New York Post
TRY AGAIN Opinion: A “damning” city review of Renewal proves that de Blasio should have considered alternatives, such as charter schools, to help boost performance. New York Daily News
TRUMP’S REPORT CARD Former Trump fixer Michael Cohen also submitted documents to congress that show the president’s legal team threatened Fordham University with legal action if Trump’s academic records were leaked. Market Watch
DRIVER’S ED A man was arrested for driving on a sidewalk to get around a bus as school children got off — an incident that was caught on camera — according to police. New York Post
HIGHER EDUCATION School safety officers were out in force at a high school where smoking pot is reportedly rampant among students. New York Post
GREAT DEBATE Education expert Diane Ravitch discussed standardized testing and more on a NY1 podcast. NY1
WHERE’S THE DATA? With responsibility spread across multiple city agencies and few measurable goals, it’s hard to judge whether First Lady Chirlane McCray’s mental health initiative ThriveNYC is working. Some elements of the program seek to support schools. Politico