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Rise & Shine: This pre-K teacher uses WeChat and dumpling-making to connect with students and families

Good morning!

Andy Yung grew up in the very neighborhood that he now teaches in. Because of that, he understands the needs of many Flushing residents — and these days, that includes using WeChat to communicate with parents. Read more about Yung, who uses unique ways to connect with his students and their families.

In Bushwick's District 32, enrollment numbers have been dropping faster than any other area, and parents are pointing to rising rents and growing charter schools.

Enjoy your read.

—Reema Amin, reporter

HOW I TEACH One Flushing teacher shares the different ways he connects with his students and their families in the largely Chinese-speaking community. Chalkbeat

GETTING OUT As district enrollment numbers quickly shrink in Bushwick, parent leaders blame rising rents and growing charter schools. City Limits

FEAR AND FACTS Opinion: The problem of lead in the city schools is serious, but it is not a public health crisis, writes the Daily News’ editorial board. New York Daily News

CR + CS Teachers got a crash course in culturally responsive computer science lessons. The move is part of a larger effort to help students from different backgrounds see themselves in curriculum. Wall Street Journal

SPEAKING UP Ahead of a new report from the city’s School Diversity Advisory Group, the City Council’s Progressive Caucus is calling for admissions policies to increase student diversity. New York Daily News

BAD NEWS New York City schools logged the highest rate of violent incidents and disturbances in the state last year — 16.9 incidents per 1,000 students. New York Post

Opinion: The Post’s editorial board argues that relaxed discipline policies led to a five-year high of confiscated knives at city schools. New York Post