Rise & Shine: Betsy DeVos says “ambitious” school choice plan is in the works

EXPANSION PLANS Speaking to the advocacy group she previously led, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told supporters that Trump is proposing “the most ambitious expansion of school choice in our nation’s history.” Chalkbeat, The 74

GETTING TO GRADUATION In the hopes of helping more kids make it through college, the charter network Achievement First is piloting a new approach that encourages self-direction. Chalkbeat

MAYORAL RUMBLE The fight for mayoral control of schools is heating up, with Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan blasting “a lack of transparency” under the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio. Chalkbeat, New York Post

SCHOOLS OF THE FUTURE Is personalized learning a sure bet to transform schools and learning? Ed reformers paint a rosy picture, but research raises some alarms. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL LUNCH Advocates say there are more than 100,000 New York City students who do not qualify for free lunch but still can’t afford to pay for their meal. The 74

EARLY INTERVENTION Opinion: The city’s Nest program is a “true game-changer” for students who have autism, and plans to consolidate early childhood programs at the Department of Education may help even more students benefit by identifying special needs earlier. City Limits

THE 123s The city is expanding a pre-K math program that has been found to have inconsistent results. Wall Street Journal

CODING FOR KIDS Students in Brownsville have created apps and games thanks to a coding class. DNAinfo

BREAKING FAST Students at Brooklyn Technical High School petitioned to move their prom date because it conflicts with Ramadan. New York Post

WATER WOES Concerned about elevated levels of lead in New York City school taps? Here’s a primer on what it means for schools. Education Dive

PRAYERS UNANSWERED A Bronx Catholic school is set to close even after staff wrote to the pope for help. New York Post

SCHOOL CHOICE Florida is looking to expand a school choice program awards families about $10,000 to home school children with disabilities. NPR

WHAT’S IN A NAME P.S. 19 on Staten Island has named its playground after WWII veteran William A. “Bill” Morris Jr. Staten Island Advance

PAYDAY Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is among the highest-paid New York City public employees. Staten Island Advance