FREE COLLEGE Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a splashy plan to provide free college tuition at two- and four-year SUNY and CUNY colleges for families making less than $125,000 per year. Chalkbeat, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Daily News, NY1, New York Post, DNAinfo, Staten Island Advance, Washington Post

The proposal is largely an extension of ideas that became popular among Democrats during the presidential election. Atlantic, Politico New York

If Cuomo’s college scholarship plan works in New York, it could become a model for other states looking to do the same. MarketWatch

For Cuomo, the proposal is risky but could win him favor with Democrats, especially if he seeks national office. Politico New York

THE REACTION Mayor Bill de Blasio said he supports the idea of free tuition but wants to make sure the proposal does not burden the city. New York Post

It’s unclear whether Senate Republicans will back Cuomo’s plan. The Senate GOP spokesman said the proposal “appears to move us in a positive direction,” and other Republicans are asking for more information about how the proposal will be funded. Politico New York

Editorial: Cuomo’s plan “could be transformative” and help boost the reputation of SUNY and CUNY schools. New York Daily News

Editorial: Cuomo’s free college proposal ignores the need to improve the state’s K-12 public education system, which leaves too many students unprepared for college. New York Post

DOES IT MATTER? Editorial: Diverting a lot of money from wealthier districts to high-needs districts is “politically unworkable.” Instead of focusing on funding, it is important to focus on the way schools are run. Newsday

GEARING UP State Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia discussed the state education department’s priorities for the 2017 legislative session and responded to Cuomo’s college scholarship proposal. Capital Tonight

EQUAL CHANCE Opinion: Schools should do more to ensure low-income students are given a fair shot to enter gifted programs, writes Harold Levy, a former chancellor of New York City schools. Education Week

NEW SCHOOL The city opened public comment period on a new school slated to open in East New York. Patch

SAD MORNING A special education teacher  at a school in Queens was caught in a fatal vehicle collision while walking to work. New York Post, New York Daily News

TOO LATE Editorial: A former Queens principal accused of being chronically tardy will not get her job back. New York Post