Rise & Shine: Go behind the scenes with a newly approved charter high school

Q&A The co-founders of Brooklyn Laboratory Charter High School discuss their plan to serve high-needs students while giving every student the opportunity to attend selective colleges. Chalkbeat

RENEWAL DEFENSE Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña defended the city’s “Renewal” program to turnaround struggling schools, saying that the work is not about “immediate success.” Politico New York

GRAND BARGAIN As of Tuesday, the majority of districts across the state had reviewed or submitted teacher evaluation plans based on last year’s law, even though they were recently granted more time to negotiate. Politico New York

TISCH TALKS The Supreme Court’s recent actions necessitate the passage of a DREAM act in New York State, writes Merryl Tisch, former head of the state’s Board of Regents. New York Daily News

TOXIC TEST The city releases few details about how it monitors toxins in schools. Schoolbook

WHO RUN THE WORLD? The summer program Girls Who Code has attracted 340 female high school juniors and seniors who will enroll in free coding classes. New York Daily News

BABY STEPS The city has created ways for a handful of schools and communities to promote diversity, but lacks a coherent strategy for the school system. New York Times

DIPLOMA DILEMMA Despite raising more community school funding, five out of six community high schools posted lower graduation rates in 2014 than 2013, according to Families for Excellent Schools, a pro-charter advocacy group. New York Post

ALL WORK, NO PLAY A focus on academics could be making the city’s youngest learners lose out on valuable playtime. PBS

HELP NEEDED A quarter of college students are raising children, but they often lack support to finish their degree or pay for childcare. New York Times