STAY WITH US In order to turn around a school with one of New York City’s highest dropout rates, Principal Geralda Valcin went to Rikers Island with a care package of clean t-shirts and socks to see a student. Chalkbeat

MY BROTHER’S KEEPER The state is charging forward with its initiative to help boys and young men of color reach their full potential. Chalkbeat

DAILY DEVOS In a couple of interviews, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the teachers she met at a public school were in “receive mode” and that she can’t think of any reasons for the federal government to intervene in education right now. Chalkbeat, New York Times

The school that DeVos observed defended its teachers with a withering tweetstorm. Chalkbeat

In a radio interview, Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said she is ready to work with DeVos. New York Daily News

PUBLIC SCHOOLS The conversation about DeVos obscures the fact that we have been moving away from public education for a while, writes Nikole Hannah-Jones. New York Times

COLLEGE CONVERSATION Opinion: The legislature should approve Cuomo’s free college tuition plan, writes Howard Wolfson, who oversees Bloomberg Philanthropies’ education programs and advocacy.  New York Daily News

GOT SCIENCE? Opinion: New York City should invest more in STEM education. Gotham Gazette

NO WALLS A principal on the Lower East Side merged school programs in the same building. DNAinfo 

SIGN THIS Opinion: New York City schools should teach cursive writing. New York Post

Editorial: Bringing back cursive writing to city schools is the right call. New York Daily News

AID INCREASE Editorial: The case that advocates make for increasing school aid is “bogus.” New York Post

FILL IN THE BLANK A teacher who used an anti-Trump homework question was reprimanded. Staten Island Advance

BAD BEHAVIOR A Brooklyn Tech teacher and student were in love, according to correspondence reported by the city’s Special Commissioner of Investigation. New York Post

AFTER SCHOOL A teacher and school safety agent were attacked by teenagers, officials said. New York Post