K-2 PUZZLE Students in grades K-2 are suspended for some seemingly violent incidents like “inflicting serious injury to school safety agents,” but most frequently for an offense that used to be categorized as horseplay. Chalkbeat

WHATEVER IT TAKES Chancellor Fariña gave a pep talk to counselors and social workers who will participate in the city’s Single Shepherd program, which is designed to help students in two struggling school districts through middle and high school. Chalkbeat

TENURE RULES California’s top court upheld the state’s teacher tenure laws, which New York’s union officials say bodes well for their own defense of teacher protection. Chalkbeat

SURVEY SAYS Some key categories in the city’s school survey, including the percentage of respondents who said their school had a “supportive environment,” fell this year. Education department officials said the drop can be explained by changed survey questions. New York Times

FAULT LINES New York and New Jersey have some neighboring districts with big differences in child poverty rates. SchoolBook, Chalkbeat (Aug. 23)

UNION VICTORY Graduate students at Columbia won the right to unionize. NY1, New York Daily News, Politico New York

The decision clears the way for the unions to looks towards graduate students at other New York campuses. Politico New York

NO HOMEWORK A Texas teacher’s decision to give no homework has gone viral. Staten Island Advance

PRIVACY PLEASE The state hired Temitope Akinyemi as a chief privacy officer to oversee polices related to the confidentiality of student, teacher and principal data. Politico New York