Rise & Shine: New principal named for Townsend Harris after heated fight

NEW PRINCIPAL Brian Condon was named principal of Townsend Harris High School in Queens, ending months of turmoil sparked by the appointment of Interim Acting Principal Rosemarie Jahoda. Chalkbeat, New York Times, New York Daily News

ADMISSIONS DAY As students across the city learn their middle school placements, some parents are pushing for reforms to the admissions process to help desegregate schools. Chalkbeat

Families are also receiving acceptance letters for the city’s universal pre-K program. ABC 7

MOLDY MEALS The Department of Education is cutting ties with Somma Foods, a vendor that supplied defective food for school lunches. CBS New York

JAIL TIME A teacher at Columbia Secondary School for Math, Science & Engineering who was accused of trying to kiss a student was sentenced to four months in jail. New York Post

ALLEGED ASSAULT The mother of a student at Brooklyn Ascend Charter School has filed suit against the school and a school bus company, alleging that her daughter was assaulted on a bus and the school attempted to cover it up. New York Post, New York Daily News

BLOCKING BULLYING Richmond County District Attorney Michael McMahon shared a personal experience with children and parents at an anti-bullying event on Thursday. Staten Island Advance

LEAD LEVELS Some Brooklyn parents say they weren’t properly notified about lead levels in their children’s school drinking water. PIX 11

COLLEGE TUITION PLAN Opinion: With Governor Cuomo’s free college tuition plan under fire, the state should consider an alternative: Income Share Agreements. New York Daily News

TRACKING ATTENDANCE Opinion: Should attendance rates be used to assess schools? Joshua Starr, CEO of of PDK International, an association for educators, weighs in. Chalkbeat