Rise & Shine: New York education policymakers pass changes first, get public input later

ON THE REGS In recent months, New York’s Board of Regents has reshaped the state’s teacher-evaluation law and changed the graduation requirements for students with disabilities — all with barely any public input. It’s done so by using emergency regulations, in a trend that some critics are starting to question. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL YEAR IN REVIEW The 2015-16 academic year was dominated by news about school segregation; the city’s efforts to fix, merge, or close struggling schools; and the fight in Albany (again) over whether to extend Mayor Bill de Blasio’s control of the city school system. SchoolBook

SCHOOL SUIT A Bronx assistant principal is claiming that he was targeted for retaliation after he accused a state lawmaker of leading an effort to exclude minority and low-income students from enrolling at his school. Riverdale Press

WEIGHING IN In a letter to the editor, a group of parents at P.S. 452 in the Upper West Side explain why they support a controversial plan to relocate and rezone the school. Chalkbeat

‘BRIGHT LIGHT’ Students in Upper Manhattan helped name a newly discovered species of wasp. DNAinfo

IMPRESSIVE Three years after being shot and paralyzed, a Brooklyn girl has been named valedictorian of her middle school’s graduating class. NY1

CLASS OF 2016 Hundreds of students graduated from New Dorp, Port Richmond, and Susan Wagner high schools on Staten Island. Staten Island Advance

COLLEGE BOUND Editorial: A full 98 percent of this year’s graduates from KIPP NYC College Prep are headed to college in the fall, which the Post says is another reason the mayor should strongly support charter schools. New York Post

CHARTER BOOST The Walton Family Foundation plans to announce a $250 million initiative Tuesday to help charter schools build and expand their sites, which will include low-interest loans to help the schools pay for space. Wall Street Journal

FREEBIES Amazon will introduce an online marketplace this fall with tens of thousands of free lesson plans, worksheets and other instructional materials for teachers. New York Times