TEACHING TEACHERS State officials are considering a plan they hope would ease the burden on prospective educators by rethinking what critics call a difficult and costly teacher certification process. Chalkbeat, Newsday

SLOW DOWN Editorial: The nomination of Betsy DeVos, President-elect Trump’s pick for education secretary, should be met with concern because of her potential conflicts of interest and education record in Michigan. New York Times

PAY UP State lawmakers are calling on the governor to provide $4.3 billion in school aid that they say schools are entitled to under a prior settlement. New York Daily News

GO FOR A RUN The Department of Education started a campaign to motivate parents to run for their local Community Education Council or  the Citywide Education Council. DNAinfo

WHO BENEFITS? Critics are concerned that Governor Andrew Cuomo’s free college plan does little for the neediest students. Atlantic, Chalkbeat (Jan. 10)

Opinion: Since Cuomo’s plan will have little benefit for low-income New Yorkers, there are better ways to spend $163 million, writes Beth Akers, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute. New York Daily News

MORE FLEXIBILITY The state proposed regulations that would give teachers looking to earn a permanent classroom certification more flexibility in completing their professional development hours. Education Week

COMING SOON The deadline for kindergarten registration is Friday. Staten Island Advance

COLLEGE KNOWLEDGE Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña is kicking off a College and Career month with middle school students. New York Daily News

HELP NEEDED Editorial: A school that serves special education students in Staten Island is in need of repair. Staten Island Advance