LEGAL SHOWDOWN The KIPP charter school network has filed a federal lawsuit in an escalating fight with the United Federation of Teachers after the union claimed anti-union intimidation in a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. Chalkbeat

READ TO ME The New York City Department of Education plans to double the number of literacy coaches who work in schools, part of a push to make sure all second-grade students can read on grade level by 2026. Wall Street Journal

FLY AWAY Leaders of Tomorrow middle school in the Bronx is using donated flight simulators to help get students interested in STEM. NY1

PLEDGE PROBLEMS A disagreement has been sparked over reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at Peck Slip School in Downtown. DNAinfo

MAKING SPACE Plans for a five-story addition at P.S. 143 in Corona would help relieve overcrowding at one of the city’s most jam-packed schools. DNAinfo

FIXES NEEDED Parents and community members shared their frustrations and called for improvements to the school system’s flawed special education tracking system, SESIS, at a town hall meeting on Sunday. New York Daily News

NO DICTIONARY NEEDED Two brothers from Queens have dominated the city spelling bee, and the younger boy hopes to carry on their winning streak this year. New York Daily News

OUT IN THE COLD More than 2,000 students have been left without hot water for years — a particular problem for a culinary school on campus. New York Post

BAD BEHAVIOR Among the complaints filed against pre-K teachers were cases of a teacher pushing a student, and another mocking a crying child. New York Post

AT-RISK TEENS A study found that almost half of high school girls who are sexually active have had same-sex partners, and those teens were more likely to suffer intimate partner violence or report having suicidal thoughts. New York Post

Q-AND-A Opinion: School surveys under Mayor Bill de Blasio dropped some questions that would shed light on safety and school climate. “These seem to be answers that de Blasio’s Department of Education would rather not have.” New York Post

EXPRESSION OF FAITH? P.S. 230 in Brooklyn canceled some performances of a play that tells the story of a Muslim girl after a parent complained it promoted religion in a public school. WNYC 

BUSTED A school safety agent is accused of shoplifting at Costco. STATEN ISLAND ADVANCE 

LONG HISTORY The all-girls school Notre Dame Academy has been serving students on Staten Island since 1903. Staten Island Advance

DEFENSIVE DRIVING One Staten Island man says students are running into car traffic near school and filming themselves. Staten Island Advance

BY THE NUMBERS Speaking on Staten Island, Chancellor Carmen Fariña said the president’s proposed budget would hurt local schools. Staten Island Advance

TEACHER TEST Here are some questions from the state’s now-scrapped literacy test for teachers. Can you answer them? Staten Island Advance 

MEASURING TEACHERS A national news organization aimed at ultra-conservatives takes a pass at New York education news, reporting that advocates say eliminating the literacy test for prospective teachers will hurt minority students. Breitbart

WHAT’S GOING ON Here’s what local elected officials are up to this week, including Chancellor Carmen Fariña, who will speak at the Hispanic Federation Education Summit this afternoon. Gotham Gazette

SPACE WARS The head of the International Charter School of New York City says his efforts to serve kids are being “stymied by the Mayor’s refusal to offer our students an adequate place to learn.” Kings County Politics

PAYING FOR COLLEGE Opinion: Private schools that are concerned about how state plans for free tuition at public schools would impact enrollment “have brought the state’s competition upon themselves by raising prices year after year.” Observer

FUNDING BOOST New York City is among 42 school districts that will share in $6 million from President Barack Obama’s My Brothers Keeper initiative to boost achievement among boys and young men of color. Education Week

BACK ON TRACK Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed creating recovery schools, where young people struggling with substance abuse can recover and continue their studies. Rome Sentinel

Clarification (March 20, 2017): The original roundup did not include adequate context about the significance of a story in Breitbart.