CODE SHIFT A new discipline code effect took effect Wednesday that city officials hope will continue to reduce suspensions, which have fallen dramatically in recent years. Chalkbeat, New York Daily News

FUNDING FIGHT A coalition of advocacy groups are pushing Mayor Bill de Blasio to restore $10.3 million in funding for homeless students that was left out of his budget. Chalkbeat

PROBLEM PRINCIPAL A Brooklyn principal was arrested and accused of hitting and kicking a seven-year-old student. New York Daily NewsNew York Times, New York Post, New York 1, amNY, The Root, Patch

The boy’s mother spoke out against the principal, saying her son didn’t want to return to school after the incident. New York Post

LEAD LEVELS Parents at P.S. 289 in Crown Heights say they were not adequately informed about heightened levels of lead in their school’s water. New York Post

UNION PROTECTIONS Editorial: After a Harlem teacher was convicted and briefly jailed for manhandling a 7-year-old special education student, “the teachers’ union will provide a lawyer and lobby for him to get right back in the classroom.” That contrasts sharply with principals, who can be removed from their posts if they’re convicted of wrongdoing. New York Daily News

SEX ED Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito wants the city to create a task force to assess sex ed lessons and offer recommendations to improve them. New York Daily News

BOMB SCARE A high school campus in Brooklyn was evacuated Wednesday after a bomb threat. New York Daily News

TEACHERS OF COLOR Opinion: A growing body of research shows just how important it is to recruit and retain teachers of color. New York Times