Rise & Shine: Teacher tenure under Mayor de Blasio remains far from assured

TEACHER TENURE The percentage of eligible teachers who got tenure last year remained steady at 64 percent, far lower than it was a decade ago. Chalkbeat

ESSA PREVIEW State education officials will soon release a draft plan for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act. Here’s a look at what’s on the table. Chalkbeat

GRAD RATES A new study from Measure of America finds that graduation rates vary widely depending on how high schools admit students. Chalkbeat

Chalkbeat’s “Barriers to Entry” series explored the limits of the city’s choice-based high school admissions system. Chalkbeat

’13 REASONS WHY’ NOT Opinion: The hit Netflix show glorifies suicide, sending dangerous messages to teens. New York Post

The Department of Education provided a letter for schools to send home, warning parents to talk with their children about the series. Chalkbeat (May 3)

PRE-K PLAN Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s questioned the mayor’s plan to open a new pre-K center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. DNAinfo

FIELD TRIP Staff members from Life Sciences Secondary School in Manhattan reportedly went to a conference in California on the public’s dime, despite the school’s concerns about having enough money for textbooks. New York Post

BALANCING ACT Some educators are finding it difficult to accommodate different religious holidays and traditions at school. New York Post

SCHOOL BOYCOTT Some parents kept their children home Friday from Central Park East I, an East Harlem school, to protest Principal Monika Garg. New York Daily News

PRINCIPAL PROBE Jill Bloomberg, principal of Park Slope Collegiate, says the Department of Education’s investigation of her is payback for her activism. Patch, Chalkbeat (May 2)

GETTING THE LEAD OUT A water-treatment expert says the best way to protect schoolchildren from lead-tainted water is to replace old fixtures and lead pipes. New York Post

CHANCELLOR CHAT New York City schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña sat down with anchor Bill Ritter to discuss recent education initiatives. ABC 7

ARTS KICKOFF Chancellor Fariña announced the launch of the Borough Arts Festival, which showcases student artwork in galleries, museums and other cultural institutions throughout the city. Brooklyn Reporter

SPUN OUT Fidget spinners are a new toy craze, but they’re not as popular with teachers. New York Daily News 

Several city schools and teachers have banned the gadgets from classrooms. DNAinfo

WEIGHING IN Readers respond to a story on the success of charter schools vs. voucher programs. New York Times