LIGHT THE WAY One New York City principal explains the benefits and limitations of the community school model. He says, “Turning a kid’s lights back on on doesn’t make their test scores go up.” Chalkbeat

OPEN MEETINGS An appeals court ordered that New York City schools must open meetings of the School Leadership Team to the public, but it is unclear if the city will do so. Chalkbeat, New York Daily News, Village Voice

SUCCESS STORIES It’s difficult to tackle segregation in New York City, but there are some shining examples of success, according to a new report released by the Center for New York Affairs at the New School. Chalkbeat, Politico New York

TOUGH TALK The demand for learning how to talk to students about race has skyrocketed in recent years, according to Benny Vasquez, co-executive director or Border Crossers, an organization that runs sessions to help teachers discuss race. Here are some of the organization’s tips. SchoolBook

HOMELESS CRISIS Three lawmakers said they will push legislation this session to help homeless pre-K students get a quality education.  New York Daily News

WAIT A MINUTE A new middle school slated to open in the West Village is delayed for a year because of “unforeseen structural steel conditions.” DNAinfo

SCHOOL SAFETY The principal of Manhattan Early College School of Advertising in Murry Bergtraum High School was attacked by a student, a situation that caused concern for principals union chief Ernest Logan. New York Daily NewsNew York Post, NY1, DNAinfo

TEAM UP More than 300 junior high schools will participate in a program geared towards creating a better relationship between schools and the police. New York Daily News

COLLEGE FOR ALL The New York Times is profiling several students at Topeka High School in Kansas as they decide where, and if, they will apply to college. New York Times

TRIAL TIME An elementary school teacher who allegedly assaulted a student is receiving a psychiatric examination. New York Post

TRANSPORTATION TURMOIL School bus drivers might strike as talks between the union and bussing companies have stalled. NY1

CHOICE? A study from the city’s Independent Budget Office raises questions about whether high school choice actually helps students explore different school options. Education Week, Chalkbeat (Oct. 21)

INTEGRATION CONVERSATION In New York City, school segregation starts as early as pre-K. The Nation, Chalkbeat (Sept. 20)