ASSESSING RENEWAL What does the Department of Education’s decision to close six more Renewal schools say about the program and its future? Chalkbeat

LOOK AHEAD Four key education storylines we’ll be following in Albany this year as the 2017 legislative session kicks off. Chalkbeat

MIDDLE SCHOOL DESERTS StudentsFirstNY, a pro-charter group, found that eight out of 32 school districts don’t have any zoned middle schools that met citywide averages for math and reading proficiency. New York Daily News, NY1, NBC New York, The 74, Patch

MOST WANTED Kindergarten applications are due today. Here’s a look at some of the most sought-after elementary schools in the city. DNAinfo

NEW SCHOOL Residents of East New York are raising concerns about a new 1,000-seat school planned for their neighborhood. Patch

CLOSER LOOK Broome Street Academy, a Manhattan charter high school, sets aside half of its seats for students who are homeless or in the child welfare system. Fox News 5

SCHOOL ASSAULT A teenage student at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens allegedly assaulted a school-safety agent. New York Daily News

SLOW PROGRESS Despite recent advances, many schools in New York state are still hostile environments for LGBTQ students, according to a new national survey. Staten Island Advance

FAIR FUNDING Opinion: It’s high time the funds owed to schools under the Campaign for Fiscal Equity lawsuit are finally paid. Queens Tribune 

COLLEGE AID Tennessee Promise, a free college tuition plan, is encouraging students who might otherwise have missed out on college. Chalkbeat

SEEKING CONFIRMATION Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump’s pick for education secretary, may have a harder time getting confirmed than past nominees for the post. New York Times

Here’s a cheat sheet of terms you’ll likely hear during Tuesday’s confirmation hearing. The Atlantic