NOT SO FAST After New York City started requiring principals to get outside approval to issue certain suspensions, the education department rejected 22 percent of proposed suspensions. Chalkbeat

READ ALONG When students are homeless, breaks from school can be a scary time. But a new reading program aims to bring structure to kids’ lives after school and during spring break. Chalkbeat

COME TOGETHER A Bronx teacher shares his thoughts on how to address school segregation, saying it will take parents and policy makers. Ebony

CODING CAMP A group of students from Stuyvesant High School started a camp to help their peers with their coding skills. Wall Street Journal

FINE PRINT Opinion: Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s free college tuition plan, with all of its caveats, “will hurt actucual New Yorkers.” New York Times

THE TEACHING FORCE Teachers are more diverse and less experienced than in past years, according to a new report. Education Week

EXPANSION PLANS Brooklyn Prospect Charter School will open an “intentionally diverse” middle school in Gowanus. DNAinfo

TOUGH LESSON A teacher was sentenced to 30 days in jail after being convicted of shoving a disabled student. New York Daily NewsNew York Post

MONEY FIGHT A New York City Councilman says a recently-approved plan to boost school bus drivers’ paychecks is illegal. New York Daily News

NEVER MIND Opinion: Cuomo has done “a complete 180” when it comes to getting the state involved in struggling schools. New York Post 

BRAG SHEET Mayor Bill de Blasio and schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña touted Staten Island’s graduation rates and pre-K enrollment on Thursday. Staten Island Advance

KEEPING BUSY Fariña also visited a spring break enrichment program while on Staten Island. Staten Island Advance

INFO SESSION Parents looking for information about pre-K on Staten Island can attend a workshop. Staten Island Advance

ASK ME At a town hall meeting with de Blasio, Staten Islanders asked about education issues such as suspensions and testing. Staten Island Advance