WHAT THE NUMBERS SAY One expert says that New York City’s high school directory is misleading in the way that “applicants per seat” are reported, and that could discourage students in disadvantaged neighborhoods from applying. Chalkbeat

SPEAKING UP A coalition of advocates, including councilmen Brad Lander and Ritchie Torres, are calling on Chancellor Carmen Fariña to desegregate schools. Chalkbeat

THE FUTURE OF SCHOOLS Even though virtual schools haven’t produced strong outcomes for students, Betsy DeVos and her former advocacy group have pushed to reinvent schools with a heavy focus on technology. Chalkbeat

THINKING LONG-TERM Career and technical education enjoys support across the political spectrum, but new international shows that students may not benefit from such programs later in life. Chalkbeat

LITTLEST LEARNERS Preschools — and parents — may struggle to balance academics with playtime. A new study shows that “academic-oriented” schools give students a leg-up. New York Times

You can read the reporter’s reflections on what to look for in a preschool for your child here.

Here’s what Sophia Pappas, who led New York City’s pre-K expansion, recently told Chalkbeat about balancing “joyful learning.” She said: “I don’t think it’s a choice you have to make, ‘either-or.’” Chalkbeat (2/17)

FURRY FRIENDS Seven New York City schools are using comfort dogs to help students in the classroom. New York Times

ARTISTS IN THE CLASSROOM The Lincoln Center Scholars program helps attract working artists to the teaching profession. WNYC

LEFT OUT Undocumented students won’t benefit from New York’s free college tuition plan. The Nation

Other students can start applying for the scholarship beginning June 7. Staten Island Advance 

BIG SPENDER The city is paying $159 million more on payroll for school employees. The education department says the expansion of pre-K is partly to blame. New York Daily News

BAD NEWS The New York Post printed stories that a Queens principal reportedly “censored” from the student newspaper because they were “negative and disparaging.” New York Post 

DRESS CODE High school students in Chelsea staged a sit-in after their principal reportedly told them, “What you wear is your intent.” New York Post

THANK A TEACHER Celebrities shared their appreciation for teachers as nominations are sought for the Hometown Heroes awards. New York Daily News

EDUCATION FUNDING The Campaign for Fiscal Equity argued in court Tuesday that the state owes its schools $1.9 billion in funding. Newsday

FEEL THE BERN Bernie Sanders gave the commencement speech at Brooklyn College on Tuesday, telling students to “stand up, fight back and reclaim democracy.” DNAinfo, NY1, Patch

PAYING FOR COLLEGE A Queens student from Stuyvesant High School has landed a scholarship through the UFT to help pay for college at Cornell University. DNAinfo