TRUMP’S PICK President-elect Donald Trump announced his choice for education secretary: Michigan philanthropist Betsy DeVos. ChalkbeatNew York Times, SlateNPR, New York Post

PREDICTING THE FUTURE Editorial: What might happen with DeVos at the helm of the U.S. Department of Education? Teachers College professor Aaron Pallas weighs in. Hechinger Report

TRACK RECORD Editorial: Douglas Harris, founding director of the Education Research Alliance for New Orleans, criticizes the DeVos nomination as “a triumph of ideology over evidence.” New York Times

NOT SO FAST Editorial: If Betsy DeVos tries to privatize public education, she may face an uphill battle, says Kevin Carey, director of the education policy program at the New America Foundation. New York Times

RISKY BUSINESS Editorial: David Leonhardt argues “there is clear evidence that competitive market forces, by themselves, don’t prevent bad schools.” New York Times

POLITICS AS USUAL? Could Betsy DeVos deepen the partisan divide on education reform? The 74

DEFENDING VOUCHERS Editorial: Derrell Bradford, executive director of the New York Campaign for Achievement Now, says private school changed his life, and other students deserve that opportunity. The 74

MIXED MESSAGE Eva Moskowitz, CEO of Success Academy, was all smiles at a protest outside her home, which some participants found disrespectful. Chalkbeat, DNAInfo, New York Daily News

TRUSTING TRUMP Success Academy’s Eva Moskowitz explains why she was willing to meet with President-elect Trump, and why she thinks he could change. New Yorker

FREE LUNCH Editorial: Union officials call on Mayor Bill de Blasio to bring universal free lunch to all New York City students. New York Daily News

PRINCIPAL OUT Santiago Taveras was removed from his post as principal of DeWitt Clinton High School amid allegations that he changed grades to help students pass. New York PostCBS New York

SMALL GAINS New York state announced last week that struggling schools were improving, but critics say the bar was set too low. New York Post

SCHOOL VIOLENCE Families for Excellent Schools, a pro-charter group, questions the state’s plan to overhaul the way schools report violent incidents. New York Daily News

TEACHERS’ ROLE Editorial: Josh Thomases, dean of innovation, policy and research at Bank Street College of Education, explains how teachers can help move the country forward in the wake of a divisive election. SmartBrief

GETTING IN A profile of Breakthrough New York, which helps low-income students navigate the choppy waters of high school admissions. Metrofocus

OUTWARD BOUND Mott Haven teen Eduardo Garcia is hoping a full-tuition college scholarship will help him make it to med school. SchoolBook

DIVERSIFYING GIFTED ED One citywide gifted school is setting aside seats for low-income students. The Atlantic, Chalkbeat (Nov. 18)

KEEPING THE PEACE Nate Medina, parent coordinator at I.S. 318 in the Bronx, helps parents communicate with the school and resolve disputes with staff. DNAinfo

ONE-MAN HOTLINE Eric Goldberg, a member of the District 2 Community Education Council, is making himself personally available to help local families apply to middle school. DNAinfo

MERGER PLANNED Two South Bronx elementary schools — The Museum School and The Academy of the Arts — will be consolidated starting in September 2017. DNAinfo