CHRONIC ABSENTEEISM As states across the country look to absenteeism as a way to judge schools, it’s unclear if they are also safeguarding against the possibility that schools will try to manipulate data. Chalkbeat

HIGH SCHOOL ADMISSIONS The New York Daily News offers tips for making the most out of New York City’s complicated high school admissions process. New York Daily News

The Daily News also took a closer look at several schools, including the Academy of Finance and Enterprise, Urban Assembly School for Criminal Justice, NEST+m, and Marble Hill High School for International Studies.

CHARTER SCHOOLS On average, New York City charter school students show greater growth in reading and math than similar students in traditional public schools, according to a new study that uses test scores to compare charter and district schools. Wall Street Journal

FATAL STABBING The attorney for the student accused of stabbing and killing one of his classmates waived his court appearance Tuesday. New York Daily News, New York Post, WNYC

Friends of the victim showed up to court wearing t-shirts with pictures of the student who died, Matthew McCree. New York Post

There was a second knife in the room where McCree was fatally stabbed. DNAinfo

METAL DETECTORS At a town hall in Staten Island on Tuesday night, Chancellor Carmen Fariña said, “We are, under no circumstances, removing metal detectors from schools that have them.” Staten Island Advance

WEAPONS FOUND The NYPD found 328 weapons in schools in the last three months, an increase from the number found in the same period last year. Patch, New York Daily News

SCHOOL STATS Throughout the Bronx, school survey results point to bullying and other unsafe conditions in schools. New York Post

EDUCATION OF EVA Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz said eduction is “making progress” but that it is “frustratingly slow” at an event to promote her new memoir. The 74

NEW SPACE The city is building a new high school in Long Island City. DNAinfo

FREE COLLEGE New York state’s new “Excelsior Scholarship” will reach only 6 percent of students in its first year. NPR, Chalkbeat (Oct.2)

SCHOOL CULTURE Opinion: A lack of metal detectors isn’t to blame for the fatal stabbing in the Bronx, a “deprived” school culture is the problem, writes Sonia E. Murrow, an associate professor of education at Brooklyn College. Gotham Gazette

SAY MORE Opinion: Holding one community conversation doesn’t make up for the city’s reticence to keep parents informed about school violence. New York Daily News

ANIMAL PLANET A school bus driver in Brooklyn found two raccoons on his bus. New York Daily News