Rise & Shine: City wants Pearson to make Specialized High School Admissions Test

IN THE ZONE A recent hearing made it clear the fight over rezoning Upper West Side school continues. Chalkbeat

TESTING TESTING The city wants to stick with Pearson as a testing vendor for the Specialized High School Admissions Test, which determines admission to elite public high schools. Chalkbeat

TOP PICKS Here are the city’s top 40 public high schools, according to the New York Post. New York Post

The Post also put together a list of specialized high schools, charter high schools, hidden gems, career and technical education schools, performing arts schools, schools that let students get a head start on college, and compiled some advice and important dates for families going through the high school admissions process.

SUSPENSION RATE Of the 50 city schools with the most suspensions, 46 were charter schools in 2013 and 48 were charter schools in 2014. They were concentrated in communities with mainly students of color. The Atlantic

THE NEW CTE Schools across the country should look to the P-TECH model, which has partnerships with IBM and CUNY, writes Stanley Litow, IBM’s vice president for corporate citizenship and corporate affairs. New York Daily News

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FRESH START SUNY will no longer ask prospective students about their criminal backgrounds. NY1

GREAT SPACE DEBATE A letter from a senior DOE official to charter leaders argues that the school space debate is more nuanced than those in the charter sector claim. Politico New York

MUSIC SCHOOL A charter school focused on orchestra music is set to open next fall. New York Post

SHOW ME THE MONEY Staten Island middle schools will get $2.25 million for a greenhouse, technology upgrades and a dance studio, among other projects. DNAinfo

MORE G&T The city should invest more in gifted and talented education, writes David Allyn, the CEO of a program that helps high-achieving students of color prepare for high school and college. New York Daily News

GOOD APPLE Governor Andrew Cuomo honored a Queens teacher with the Empire State Excellence in Teaching Award. New York Daily News

At the event, Cuomo bragged about the state’s spending on education. Politico New York

PIZZA PROBLEMS The city pulled pizza off the lunch menu after some of the slices were “discolored.” New York Post, New York Daily News

SAFETY FIRST Editorial: The state’s proposed revamp of how schools measure violence leaves out important categories like arson and robbery. New York Post

NOT SMOOTH MOVE The city has not provided a relocation plan for M.S. 442, which is posing problems for families. DNAinfo