SCHOOL SAFETY The city announced it will no longer suspend students in kindergarten through second grade, and promised to create a process for removing metal detectors from some school buildings. Chalkbeat, Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, SchoolBook, DNAinfo, Staten Island Advance,

Also released Thursday: a slew of new data that show a reduction in crime inside schools, but reveals stark racial disparities in arrests and use of restraints. Chalkbeat, Village Voice, SchoolBook

Editoral: The city’s new discipline policy and release of school safety numbers puts politics over student welfare. New York Post

UNION PUSHBACK The new discipline policies met resistance from the principal and teacher unions. New York Post, New York Daily News

Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña penned an editorial defending the new suspension policy, writing that removing young students from school “reinforces a belief of school as a place for punishment when it should be seen as a safe haven.” New York Daily News

YOU’VE GOT MAIL Fariña said she received hate mail after she wrote a letter arguing parents and educators have a “moral obligation” to have conversations with students about guns, race, and violence. Chalkbeat

ZONING PLANS Community members shared a range of views about an education department proposal designed to ease overcrowding and reduce segregation on the Upper West Side — but some wished those conversations included more diverse voices. SchoolBook, New York Daily News, Politico New York

HOMETOWN HEROES Meet Manhattan Hunter Science High School Assistant Principal Pamela Wilks, who sets up community service projects, helps with college applications and befuddling financial aid forms, and organizes a weekend camping trip to the Poconos. New York Daily News

Queens teacher Kevin O’Connor, who died earlier this year, used his experience with addiction as a young person to find common ground with his students. New York Daily News