WORK IN PROGRESS Student suspensions dropped 16 percent last school year, but disparities still persist. Black students and students with disabilities were disproportionately suspended. Chalkbeat,  WNYC, New York Daily News, Politico, NY1New York Daily News

SCHOOL SAFETY Though suspensions continue to fall, the school safety agents union points to an increase in weapons confiscations to say schools aren’t any safer. The Department of Education has said crime is down in schools by 35 percent over five years. New York Post

A BETTER MATCH Principals at small high schools with special themes offer suggestions for how to change the application process to make sure they end up with more students who actually want to be there. WNYC

PRESENT The principal of a Fort Greene school has improved attendance at her Renewal school, motivating students to show up by offering field trips beyond their Brooklyn neighborhood. DNAinfo

CLOSE CALL A strike by school bus drivers was averted after reaching a last-minute tentative contract deal. DNAinfoNY1New York PostStaten Island Live

BOO! Check out these adorable Trick-or-Treaters at P.S. 35 on Staten Island. Staten Island Live

Pre-K students also joined the fun. Staten Island Live

ANOTHER WAY Opinion: College isn’t always the best option. For students with strong vocational interests, “more than one traditional path should be laid out.” The Atlantic 

GETTING TO GRADUATION The New York Times follows teenagers in Kansas as they try to make it through high school and beyond. New York Times