THE COST OF FREE Experts say New York’s free college tuition plan could actually saddle students with debt due to a requirement to live and work in the state — or pay back the scholarship money. ChalkbeatWall Street Journal, New York Post

There are other details of the plan that raise eyebrows, such as a requirement to work full-time and the fact that higher-income students are more likely to benefit because poor students already have their tuition covered by other programs. WNYC, Staten Island Advance 

Opinion: The governor failed to devise a college tuition plan that makes sense, and the program’s grades and residency requirements add a “fresh risk” of student debt. New York Post 

WHO’S IN CHARGE? The state’s budget didn’t include an approval for mayoral control of New York City schools, setting the stage for a fight in June to renew the provision. Chalkbeat

Mayor Bill de Blasio called it “silly” that the legislature has only granted him one-year extensions of the provision. New York Post

ED SPENDING Charter schools get a funding boost and foundation aid gets preserved: Here’s a how education spending looks under the delayed state budget that passed. Chalkbeat

SEC AND THE CITY This week, U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will meet with New York City charter leader Eva Moskowitz of Success Academy. She’ll also meet with Valerie Hoekstra, the middle-school principal at Inwood Academy for Leadership, an upper-Manhattan charter school that caters to students who are learning English. Chalkbeat

VOUCHERS A change in Indiana state law regulating vouchers could lead to an “explosion” of private schools — but rapid expansions elsewhere provide a cautionary tale. Chalkbeat

TICK TOCK Passages Academy races the clock to help its students, all of whom are involved in the justice system. DNAinfo

FINE PRINT Some advocates say the state’s agreement to “Raise the Age” of criminal responsibility doesn’t go far enough. New York Times

One man shared how he thinks his experience with the criminal justice system would have been different if he were treated as an adult. NY1 

LET ME EXPLAIN After the New York Post wrote that city officials pulled strings to enroll Deputy Mayor Richard Buery’s son in a top middle school, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “We have to be sensitive to this situation.” New York Post 

FIELD TRIP A Brownsville teacher is raising money to take his students on a trip to Barcelona to teach them they “can go anywhere.” Huffington Post

SOUND OFF A round-up of opinions on New York’s free college plan. Staten Island Advance 

IN MEMORY Louis Maffeo, a retired fire captain and 20-year substitute teacher on Staten Island, died Monday. Staten Island Advance