THE FINAL COUNTDOWN With a budget due at the end of the month, a free college tuition plan, charter school funding and the foundation aid formula all remain on the table. Here’s where they all stand and what Cuomo had to say about the budget’s progress. Chalkbeat, New York Daily News

Cuomo floated the possibility that the budget will be delayed until the federal government’s plans become more clear. Wall Street Journal, New York Post, New York Times, Politico New York

RIKERS ISLAND Correctional officers neglected to let inmates know they could be enrolled in courses at Rikers Island, according to an audit released Tuesday by Comptroller Scott Stringer. Chalkbeat, New York Post, New York Daily News

MOMENT OF TRUTH Some schools in the city’s “Renewal” program are focusing on test preparation as the program heads into its final stretch. New York Times

SPEAKING OUT Major charter networks said they cannot support Trump’s proposed cuts to education, even as he increases funding for charter schools. USA Today

PRE-K Round 2 pre-K applications are officially underway. Staten Island Advance

TESTING? Early reports show that opt-out rates decreased in the Lower Hudson Valley region so far this year. Journal News

CREATING OPPORTUNITIES Opportunity Charter School is fighting to keep its middle school open. NBC New York, Chalkbeat (Mar. 9)

CENTRAL STAFF The city’s Department of Education has nearly doubled its top administrators under Mayor Bill de Blasio. New York Post

Editorial: That is not the best way to spend the education department’s money. New York Post

LIST OF DIRECTIONS Mayor Bill de Blasio sent a memo to the NYPD about keeping federal agents off school grounds. NY1

BAD BEHAVIOR A girl testified that her former high school teacher gave her a beer and offered her a kiss. New York Daily News, New York Post

ON CAMERA A video of a school fight is worrying the leader of a union of school safety agents. New York Post, New York Daily News

EMERGENCY Schools in New York are increasingly choosing to have naloxone on hand to combat the opioid epidemic. New York Times