Rise & Shine: Students stage sit-in to protest Townsend Harris High School principal

STUDENT SIT-IN Students at Townsend Harris High School in Queens took to the hallways last week to protest Interim Acting Principal Rosemarie Jahoda’s stewardship of the school. Chalkbeat, DNAinfo

SPIDEY SENSE British actor Tom Holland surreptitiously enrolled at a Bronx school to prepare for his role in a new Spider-Man coming-of-age movie. New York Daily News

A HAPPY SURPRISE R&B star Pharrell surprised a Washington Heights middle school rock band, sneaking onstage during their performance. New York Daily News, Billboard

LOST BOY An off-duty cop found a six-year-old autistic boy who left his Brooklyn school without anyone noticing — an incident that raises fresh questions about the procedures that should have prevented it from happening in the first place. New York Post

CHARTER WARS Editorial: A recent New York Times story that shows many charter schools enroll fewer homeless students than their district school counterparts ignores the fact that homeless students aren’t evenly distributed within traditional public schools. New York Post

OFF THE TABLE One of the state senate’s leading supporters of a tax credit that would benefit private and parochial schools said it appears to be fizzling out. New York Daily News

WORDS OF WISDOM Rapper Troy Ave, who is facing felony charges connected to a nightclub shooting earlier this year, was scheduled to speak to high school students at Teachers College last week. DNAinfo

ALT SCHOOL At Bronx Arena High School — which serves students who have struggled at other schools — educators are trying to rengage students by giving them more freedom over their coursework. The Hechinger Report, Chalkbeat (7/19)

SEXTING SCANDAL A staffer at Brooklyn Technical High School was caught sending sexually explicit videos of himself, which were shot in the school building, to a teenage student. New York Post

SCHOOL SEGREGATION Meet New Jersey’s Morris School District, one of the few districts in the country where court-ordered desegregation efforts have mostly worked. New York Times