THE DEVOS FACTOR President-elect Trump’s pick for U.S. education secretary is a staunch supporter of private school vouchers, but could they ever work in New York City? It’s possible, but they would face a number of political, logistical and legal hurdles. Chalkbeat

Even though DeVos is a big proponent of school choice, many of the city’s charter school advocates and leaders have been quiet about her appointment. It’s partially because DeVos’ brand of school choice is very different from the type that exists in New York City. Chalkbeat 

Here’s a roundup of DeVos’ education policy background and family ties. Mother Jones

Opinion: Betsy DeVos has scared union leader Randi Weingarten and that’s a good thing. Wall Street Journal

NEW OFFICE Councilman Ritchie Torres wants the city to create an Office of School Diversity and is recasting school diversity as a human rights issue. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL DIVERSITY New York City can do more to address school segregation, according to a report by the New School’s Center for New York City Affairs. Politico New York

OUT OF SPACE The city is paying roughly $40 million to provide rental space for charter schools, according to the pro-charter advocacy group Families for Excellent Schools. New York Post

NOVEL IDEA High school students at the Academy for Software Engineering are participating in National Novel Writing Month. NY1

PUT ON THE BRAKES Governor Cuomo vetoed a bill that would provide job guarantees to school bus drivers. New York Post

ROOM TO GROW A charter school in Staten Island is looking to create some “outside the box” programs for students and families. Staten Island Advance

BROADWAY TO BOOKS New York City’s musical “Hamilton” epitomizes what at least one teacher wants to accomplish. Education Week

BAD NEWS A former high school vice principal found guilty of attacking a recently graduated student was sentenced to six months in prison. New York Post