ACHIEVING DIVERSITY One parent group is pushing for a more systemic approach to desegregation in the Upper West Side in lieu of what they see as a “band-aid” rezoning plan. Chalkbeat

PAUSE BUTTON NAACP President Cornell Brooks defended his organization’s proposed moratorium on new charter schools during a talk at New York University Wednesday night,  but acknowledged some New York City charters “do extraordinary work.” Chalkbeat

CHARTER RALLY Thousands of charter school teachers rallied Wednesday, calling out everything from the NAACP moratorium to what some consider to be unfair constraints on school space. New York Post, New York Daily News

PRE-K SETTLEMENT A for-profit network of special ed preschools have agreed to pay the state $4.3 million after embezzling taxpayer money. New York Times

LGBT FRIENDLY Anthony Colon was initially nervous about being an openly gay teacher at Staten Island’s New Dorp High School. But he’s made it his mission to ensure the school is at the forefront of LGBT inclusion. DNAinfo

MILLIONAIRE INTERESTS Opinion: New York City needs to attract more millionaires to invest in its public schools. The Daily Beast

TAKING HEAT After the city refused to provide a list of classrooms without air conditioners, City Councilman Brad Lander is asking parents to tell him how many rooms don’t have them. DNAinfo

Just 17 percent of the city’s schools have full air conditioning. New York Daily News

MERGER PLAN An Upper West Side community education council is unhappy that there wasn’t more community engagement before the education department decided to merge Harlem’s Stem Institute with P.S. 76. DNAinfo

Editorial: The UWS controversy demonstrates the need for more quality school options. New York Post

ELECTION VIOLATIONS Editorial: State republicans claim New York’s largest teachers union violated election laws to favor Democrats. New York Post

BB GUN A student was shot in the arm with a BB gun at Author’s Academy in the Bronx. DNAinfo