MATH LAB The idea sounds simple, but it’s surprisingly uncommon: Three New York City educators are using observation and conversation to make help math teachers figure out what works. Chalkbeat

CHARTER AUDIT City Comptroller Scott Stringer released stinging audits of two charter elementary schools — Bedford Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter school in Brooklyn and Merrick Academy Queens Public Charter School. Chalkbeat, Daily NewsWall Street Journal, DNAinfo

STAYING HOME New York City is partnering with the Department of Education to try to stop homelessness before it happens. Chalkbeat

PICTURE THIS The New School’s Center for New York City Affairs show just how unevenly the city’s middle schools are feeding into specialized high schools. Chalkbeat

PARSING THE DEAL Charter school advocates proclaimed a “massive victory” after Friday’s last-minute deal in Albany made it easier for the schools to switch authorizers and hire uncertified teachers. New York Times

PRE-K SHORTAGE Faced with a long waiting list of families seeking universal pre-k spots on the Upper East Side, the city is reaching out to providers who might be able to help add capacity this fall. DNAinfo

SEATS FOR SIBS Cobble Hill parents are lobbying the Department of Education to add more pre-k seats for siblings of existing students at P.S. 29. DNAinfo

GREEN THUMB Students from Curtis High School working with the nonprofit Global Kids turned a “weed-choked plot” into a community garden. Staten Island Advance

CAPS AND GOWNS More than 300 students graduated from Staten Island Technical High School in a ceremony at the College of Staten Island. Staten Island Advance

STAYING ON TRACK Community colleges across the country are taking new steps to improve dismal graduation rates. New York Times

SECOND CHANCES Does remedial math help college students catch up? New study says maybe not. Washington Post

CHANGING MINDS James E. Ryan, dean of faculty at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a slew of other education experts offer strategies for improving education. New York Times