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Rise & Shine: With new leadership and funding, a school hopes to turn itself around

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When Richard Carranza became chancellor, one of his first major decisions was stop the closure of Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing Arts, a struggling middle school in Harlem. And in a move that may hint at Carranza's approach to struggling schools, the education department revealed yesterday that Kyleema Norman, a former principal who works with low-performing schools in Brooklyn, will serve as interim principal of Wadleigh. On top of that, the schools art programs will be given more funding. But given the school’s history of failing to attract students and consistently low test scores, Norman faces an uphill battle.

Also yesterday, as part of Carranza's plan to restructure the Department of Education, the chancellor announced that he would be hiring Hydra Mendoza for the newly created role of deputy chancellor of community empowerment, partnerships and communications. Mendoza,  former deputy chief of staff to San Francisco’s mayor, was also Carranza’s former colleague.

-Sabby

 

NEW HIRE Carranza has hired a former colleague to fill one of the new positions he created as part of his plan to restructure the department. Chalkbeat New York Post  New York Daily News

TURN AROUND With a new principal and increased funding, the DOE hopes to finally turn around a performing and visual arts school that has long struggled to improve test scores and attract students. Chalkbeat

STUDY DUST-UP The city is facing criticism for not releasing a 2013 study about the SHSAT sooner. New York Daily News

EDUCATIONAL EQUITY Opinion: Exempting yeshivas from educational requirements violates the First Amendment, according to the former Manhattan borough president. City & State

FORGET SIT-INS The Newark Student Union is pivoting from protests to problem solving. Chalkbeat

ADVANCED PLACEMENT? Has the rapid expansion of AP been a net good for students and schools? Chalkbeat