OPENING STATEMENT New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie signaled that that K-12 school funding will be a central priority this legislative session. Chalkbeat

DIVERSITY DEBATE City Councilman Brad Lander is pushing for all schools in District 15 to set aside seats for low-income students, but the local education council indicated that more debate is needed before any plans move forward. Chalkbeat

FREE COLLEGE Opinion: Cuomo’s plan to make tuition free at state universities for families earning less than $125,000 actually won’t help many low-income students. Washington Post

Editorial: The idea of free college is exciting, but there are lots of open questions about whether Cuomo is lowballing the program’s cost, and whether institutions that are already struggling to meet students’ needs will get additional resources to meet demand. New York Times

NEW SCHOOL An assistant principal at the UFT Charter School is hoping to launch a new charter school in the Bronx that will focus on college readiness by integrating SAT prep and the application process into the school day. DNAinfo

IMMIGRATION CONCERNS New York City teachers who arrived as undocumented children, but have been protected by executive order, face an uncertain future. The Christian Science Monitor, Chalkbeat (Nov. 9)

EDUCATION AGENDA The Trump administration’s focus on charter schools and vouchers could bring radical changes in public education. The American Prospect

Condoleezza Rice, the former secretary of state who argued that education reform is a national security issue, reflected on the state of the reform movement, the fate of Common Core, and the incoming Trump administration. The 74