HOW WE HIRE Kenneth Baum and David Krulwich, authors of “The Artisan Teaching Model for Instructional Leadership,” say a teacher’s proficiency has little bearing on his or her potential to be great. Chalkbeat

PRIVACY CZAR The New York State Education Department named Temitope Akinyemi chief privacy officer, a newly created role. Chalkbeat, Staten Island Advance, SchoolBook

SUSPENSION DATA Nearly half of New York City children suspended in grades K-2 were disciplined for fighting. New York Daily News, Chalkbeat (Aug. 23)

NEW FACES Chalkbeat New York welcomes new staffers as former editor Sarah Darville takes on a new role and reporter Patrick Wall leaves for a fellowship at Columbia University. Chalkbeat

MUSIC AND MORE Students at the Special Music School at the Kaufman Music Center on the Upper West Side are excelling in both arts and academics. New York Post

TRANSGENDER RIGHTS A federal judge’s injunction against new bathroom guidelines for transgender students leaves schools in a quandary. Christian Science Monitor

THWARTING PROGRESS Editorial: The Texas attorney general’s office is leading an attack “based on bigotry” in opposing transgender students’ rights. New York Times

SHIFTING RULES Editorial: The Obama administration should have let the public weigh in before issuing bathroom guidance to schools. New York Daily News

HOMEWORK BLUES How much homework is too much? A Texas teacher has vowed not to assign any. New York Times

CHARTER FUNDING Editorial: An upstate lawsuit argues that the formula used to fund New York’s charter schools is unfair. New York Post

HOMELESS STUDENTS Brownsville’s District 23 and Bed-Stuy’s District 16 had the highest numbers of homeless students in Brooklyn in the 2014-15 school year, according to a new report. DNAinfo

NEXT STEPS A jury ruled against former Staten Island teacher Francesco Portelos, but he vowed to appeal the decision. Staten Island Advance

CURTAIN RAISER A new play called “Prospect High: Brooklyn,” co-written by New York City high school students, will premiere in New York in early September. PlaybillBroadway World

SCHOOL FUNDING California tried to equalize school funding with the Local Control Funding Formula. Why didn’t it work? The Atlantic