MERGE AHEAD The city Department of Education has proposed a merger of P.S. 241 the STEM Institute of Manhattan, a move that could have implications for the ongoing District 3 rezoning battle. Chalkbeat

STARTING POINT What will accountability in New York State look like under the new federal education law? Education leaders are a little closer to the answer. Chalkbeat

SOUND OFF The NAACP’s much-anticipated vote on a charter school moratorium has stirred debate in New York City. Here’s what local leaders had to say about it. Chalkbeat

BUSTED Five current and former Department of Education employees were caught using city credit cards for unauthorized expenses totaling more than $10,000. DNAinfoNew York Daily News

SPORTS SPENDING The Public School Athletic League spends more on boys’ athletic programs than on girls’, according to an analysis by DNAinfo. DNAinfo

BATTLE LINES A Brooklyn Community Education Council approved a new zoning map that some parents said threatens the diversity of their school. NY1

BY THE NUMBERS The number of homeless students in New York City has jumped 22 percent — more than double pre-recession levels. New York Daily News

CODE BLUE Staffers at a Queens High School say their principal didn’t follow protocol after an assistant principal had a heart attack on campus. New York Post

PLAN B Here’s a list of solid high school options for students who don’t have top grades. Metro

GETTING IN It’s College Application Week, and almost 400 schools in New York City will participate with financial aid workshops, college visits and more. Brooklyn Daily Eagle

PAYING A VISIT District 20 in Brooklyn will hold a town hall with Chancellor Carmen Fariña. Brooklyn Daily Eagle

CLOSING SHOP School closures can lead to student improvement, according to research released Monday — but only in certain cases. The 74