DEAR SECRETARY We asked readers what they wanted Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to know. Here’s what you told us. Chalkbeat

REALITY CHECK Betsy DeVos was a controversial choice to lead the U.S. education department, but local experts say her power to affect education in New York City will be limited. DNAinfo

MORE COUNSELORS The city Department of Education has added 134 counselors and social workers to local schools over the past 12 months. New York Daily News

MORE SEATS With a massive amount of development in and around Hudson Yards, community members in Manhattan’s District 2 say they need more school seats. DNAinfo

WORD CHOICE A Staten Island Trump supporter was angered when his daughter’s sixth-grade English test contained sentences he considered insulting to the president. Staten Island Advance

SCHOOL’S OUT Students at P.S. 29 on Staten Island were briefly evacuated Wednesday due to elevated levels of carbon monoxide in the building. Staten Island Advance

CURSIVE WRITING Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña promised to include cursive writing in the city’s third-grade curriculum, according to a state assemblywoman who pushed for it. NBC New York

HOMELESS IN QUEENS More than five percent of students in Western Queens have been homeless at some point in the past five years, according to a new study. Sunnyside Post

RENEWAL WOES Opinion: A parent of a student at Wadleigh Secondary School in Harlem says the school, part of the city’s Renewal turnaround program, is a “perfect example of what’s wrong.” The 74

YOUNG ACTIVISTS For the nation’s high school students, caring about politics is not only timely, it’s cool. New York Times

EDUCATING IMMIGRANTS President Trump’s executive orders on immigration have sent ripples of fear through schools in New York City and across the nation. PBS NewsHour

CROSSING LINES Teachers who move from one state to another often leave the profession rather than navigate a complicated recertification process. The 74

TEACHING BY COMPUTER A teacher ponders how education technology is changing his job. The Atlantic