Rise & Shine: A student leader is taking on the principal at Townsend Harris High School

STUDENT ACTIVISM How Alex Chen, the soft-spoken student union president at Townsend Harris High School, is helping to lead the fight against Interim Acting Principal Rosemarie Jahoda. Chalkbeat

Four elected officials in Queens sent a letter calling on Carmen Fariña to remove Jahoda. New York Daily News

HELP NEEDED Haitian immigrants spoke out Thursday about the city’s high school admissions process, which is especially hard on new immigrants. Chalkbeat

AMERICORPS AT RISK The Trump administration is considering cutting funding to AmeriCorps, which would deprive 11,000 schools — including many in New York City — of badly needed support. Chalkbeat

SAFEGUARDING STUDENTS Despite the Trump administration’s reversal of protections for transgender students, the city’s Department of Education stands by its policy, which protects students’ right to use bathrooms and locker rooms that match their gender identity. DNAinfo, Patch

Governor Andrew Cuomo and the State Education Department also vowed Thursday to protect the rights of transgender students. Politico, Newsday

New Yorkers gathered at the Stonewall National Monument to protest Trump’s move. NY1New York PostGothamist, NBC New YorkamNewYork

FIGHTING BACK Opinion: Ria Tabacco Mar of the ACLU argues that transgender students’ rights are already enshrined by law, but should be strengthened by the Supreme Court. New York Times

DEVOS AT CPAC Despite recent reports that Besty DeVos opposed the rollback of protections for transgender students, she defended the changes in a speech to fellow conservatives on Thursday. Chalkbeat

DeVos also revealed that she had a friendly conversation with a political foe, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten. New York Post

PRE-K PRESSURE Private preschools participating in the city’s Pre-K for All program face exacting rules. Hechinger Report

ELLEN THE GENEROUS Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres announced that she will give 41 graduating seniors at Red Hook’s Summit Academy Charter School four-year scholarships to any SUNY school of their choice. DNAInfo

TAKING ON TRUMP Hundreds of education and nonprofit leaders around the country are speaking out against Trump’s immigrant travel ban. Chalkbeat

VOUCHER STUDY New research suggests that private school vouchers may do more harm than good. New York Times