SCHOOL DRAMA Parents at Harlem’s P.S. 36 said their school languished until its space became necessary for a wealthier, whiter school community. Chalkbeat, DNAinfo 

EDUCATION NOT DEPORTATION Students at Brooklyn’s Park Slope high school were among those who protested during “A Day Without Immigrants.” New York Daily News, New York Times

BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS The city is deploying reading coaches to schools and will also invest millions in books for young readers. NY1, NBC New York

GROWING CRISIS The number of homeless children in New York City is almost as many as the number of students who attend Boston and Seattle’s school system combined, according to the Institute for Children, Poverty and Homelessness, which released an interactive map of city homelessness. DNAinfo, Patch

FIGHT BACK New York City Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito promised to push for legislation that bans ICE agents from operating in public schools unless they have a court order. She also said she supports a  comprehensive sex education curriculum in city schools. Newsday, NY1

MATH GENIUS A program called BEAM helps low-income black and Hispanic students with an aptitude for math reach their full potential. New York Times

TALK TO ME The Department of Education will provide Spanish translators at a meeting in Inwood to discuss school lead levels. DNAinfo 

WILL I BE DEPORTED? Schools that serve immigrant students are coping with fear and confusion since President Trump’s executive orders. Vox

SIGNATURE LESSON The city wants schools to start teaching cursive handwriting again. Staten Island AdvanceFox, amNewYork, New York’s PIX11

SILENCE IS GOLDEN Mayor Bill de Blasio’s State of the City address barely touched on schools. New York Times, Chalkbeat (Feb. 14)

BLANK SPACE A Staten Island parent is upset about references to Trump in his child’s homework assignment. New York Post

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos expressed support for community colleges that promote technical training programs. Associated Press