IN THE ZONE Eric Nadelstern, a former deputy during the Bloomberg era, says the city should take a radical approach to spur integration and help struggling schools: doing away with zone lines. Chalkbeat

STRANGER THINGS Students, parents and staff showed up to a court hearing to support Jill Bloomberg, the principal of Park Slope Collegiate who is known for her anti-racism activism. She has filed suit to block a Department of Education investigation. According to the suit, that investigation is related to “communist activities” allegedly taking place at the school, and it is retaliation for her activism. Chalkbeat, New York Post, NPR

TOP OF THE CLASS Success Academy is a finalist for the Broad Prize, which recognizes the “best-performing” charter chains in the country. Chalkbeat, The 74, Education Week

WELCOME Chalkbeat is growing: Next week, Matt Barnum will join the team as our first-ever national reporter. He’ll write stories about the people, organizations, policy trends, and research findings that cut across our locations. Chalkbeat

BEHIND BARS A school counselor helps parents keep in touch with their teens on Rikers Island. NPR

BIRDS AND BEES A bill that will be considered by the New York city Council would create a task force to review whether students are receiving sex education in school. New York Times 

SAFETY FIRST A dangerous intersection near LaGuardia Community College is slated to get a $17 million safety overhaul. DNAinfo

GUNS ON CAMPUS Police say they confiscated guns from two teens at Curtis High School on Staten Island. DNAinfo, New York PostStaten Island Advance, NY1

MAKING THE GRADE The state will soon post the results of school cafeteria inspections online. New York Daily News

‘ROUND AND ‘ROUND The latest hot gadget — “spinners” that rotate in your hand — can be distracting in school. New York Daily News

TIS’ THE SEASON It’s AP testing season, but anecdotally it seems like fewer colleges may be accepting the credits and pass rates have fallen as more students sign up for the advanced courses. NPR

BALANCED DIET Facing complaints that students often go hungry rather than eat healthy food, the federal government may ease restrictions on what cafeterias can be serve in school lunches. New York Times, Staten Island Advance

‘LUNCH SHAMING’ Schools have been asked to create policies handling school lunch debts, bringing attention to the practice of “lunch shaming” students who can’t pay for their food. New York Times

PEARLS OF WISDOM New York City students are working with a nonprofit to rebuild the area’s oyster stock — with the help of donated mollusk shells donated by local restaurants. The Smithsonian