DIVERSE SCHOOLS Matt Gonzales, New York Appleseed’s new school diversity director, plans make student voices a centerpiece of his work. Chalkbeat 

PREK DEADLINE Today is the deadline for parents to apply for recently-added prek seats in Corona. DNAinfo

RENEWAL TEACHERS The New York Post questions New York City schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s claim to Chalkbeat that “A lot more teachers apply to teach in Renewal schools than apply to leave Renewal schools.” New York Post, Chalkbeat (Aug. 22)

INSPIRING READ A Brownsville middle school teacher at a tough school was ready to quit. Then, an online post about one of her students went viral. Now, Nadia Lopez is releasing a book about her experience at Mott Hall Bridges Academy. New York Post 

STAY COOL A Staten Island school got air conditioning units installed just in time for new school year. Staten Island Advance 

STUDY ABROAD Brooklyn charter school students do some teaching and learning on a trip to France. The 74 

MICRO-SCHOOL A new private school in Tribeca hopes to foster creativity with its small size and project-based approach. The 74

SOBERING NUMBERS Two Brooklyn school districts have the highest percentage of homeless students. Brooklyn Daily EagleChalkbeat (Aug. 18)

DINNER CONVERSATION Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s back-to-school advice to families: eat dinner together. Eyewitness News

RED FLAG Some top-rated schools in New York City were flagged for problems with credit recovery and online courses. New York Post

THE BARD A summer program connects New York City teens with Shakespeare. American Theatre

AFTER THE SCHOOL BELL The new year starts with more students than ever signed up for extracurricular activities at Success Academy schools. New York Daily News

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH The State Police Campus Sexual Assault Victims Unit is gearing up for its second year. Launched under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s “Enough is Enough” campaign, the unit raises awareness and helps with investigations. Politico

TESTING TESTING Carol Burris, director of the nonprofit Network for Public Education, delves into the recent charter school test score controversy in New York City. Washington Post 

FOLLOW THE MONEY New York’s outdated school spending formula leaves poor districts with less money, according to USA Today Network’s Albany Bureau. USA Today 

TRIGGER WARNING A welcome letter sent by the University of Chicago to incoming freshman pushes back against “trigger warnings” and “safe spaces,” drawing support and condemnation from around the internet. New York Times

MINORITY TEACHERS Opinion: Why recruiting more black male teachers teachers won’t, in itself, help minority students improve in the classroom. New York Times 

CLOSING THE GAP The school readiness gap between low-income kindergarten students and their wealthier peers is narrowing, according to national data. New York Times

CHARTER DEBATE Opinion: The NCAAP “takes orders from its union backers” in calling for a charter school moratorium. Wall Street Journal