COLLEGE PATH Gov. Cuomo’s plan to offer free tuition at state colleges has been hailed by many as a step in the right direction. But the plan leaves out some of the state’s neediest students: those who are undocumented or attend school part time. Chalkbeat

Some private colleges are nervous that the tuition plan will draw students away from their schools. New York Post

Opinion: Free tuition should also be paired with programs that help students get to graduation. City Limits

AFTER HOURS In his second education-related initiative of the year, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a $35 million pilot program to expand access to after-school programs in needy communities. Chalkbeat, Politico New York

IT’S OFFICIAL Education officials have confirmed a proposal that would involve closing or merging nine Renewal schools, troubled programs the city has invested millions of dollars in rehabilitating. Chalkbeat, New York 1, DNAinfo, New York Daily News

Editorial: The city’s school closure proposal makes sense, but it still leaves many students in struggling schools. New York Daily News

Editorial: News of the proposal comes as the teachers union is spending more money. New York Post

CONFIRMATION BATTLE The confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos — Trump’s pick to lead the country’s education department — has been rescheduled for next week. Here’s what you should listen for, from conflicts of interest to whether she would make changes at the Office of Civil Rights. Chalkbeat

A BETTER FIT After struggling at a traditional high school, Najairee Davis found a home at Brooklyn High School for Leadership and Community Service, a transfer school that has helped get her on track to graduate. New York Times

BY THE NUMBERS The United Federation of Teachers took a swipe at Donald Trump’s voucher plan, saying it could cost over 1,200 New York City schools $500 million. DNAinfo, New York Daily NewsChalkbeat (1/9)

TESTING TESTING A junior at Staten Island Technical High School earned a perfect SAT score. Staten Island Advance

Here’s a heat map of New York City’s SAT results. Staten Island Advance