TRUMP’S BUDGET The president’s budget blueprint, unveiled Thursday, includes $1.4 billion for school choice efforts and a $9 billion cut to the Department of Education. Chalkbeat, NPR, The Atlantic

City schools and after-school programs could lose $140 million, according to Chancellor Carmen Fariña. New York Daily News, Politico

The budget would eliminate all funding for AmeriCorps, which has members in more than 11,000 schools. Chalkbeat

TOUGH TALK New York education insiders called Trump’s proposed budget “irresponsible” and “devastating” for students. Chalkbeat

BILL BATTLE At a panel on college affordability in New York, experts discussed proposals offered by the governor, Assembly and Senate, and whether a flawed bill is better than no bill at all. Chalkbeat

COLLEGE PLAN Opinion: Governor Cuomo’s free college tuition plan wouldn’t serve the state’s neediest students, and could hurt private colleges. Staten Island Advance

SCHOOL CALENDAR The Department of Education released the 2017-18 school calendar, giving parents and educators a chance to start planning the year ahead. Staten Island Advance, Patch

MAKING STRIDES A freshman at South Richmond High School is learning to walk with a new prosthetic leg, thanks in part to his principal. Staten Island Advance

TOWNSEND HARRIS Queens Borough President Melinda Katz met with the parent-teacher association at Townsend Harris High School last week to discuss their concerns about Interim Acting Principal Rosemarie Jahoda. Queens Chronicle

SEEKING HONOR Teachers at I.S. 119 in Glendale, Queens want their school renamed after its longtime principal, Bernadette Boyle, who died last month. Queens Chronicle

UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES A new report looks at why fewer New Yorkers are pursuing a high school equivalency diploma. Next City

MY BROTHER’S KEEPER New York state is awarding $6 million to 42 school districts, including New York City, to improve education for boys and young men of color. Associated Press

BABY STEPS Politics aside, there are certain steps to improve education that nearly everyone supports. Christian Science Monitor