ED SEC A panel that oversees New York City schools, the largest district in the country, cast a symbolic vote opposing Betsy DeVos for U.S. Education Secretary. Hundreds of parents and educators rallied in support of the move. Chalkbeat, Politico, Patch

CAP ON, CAP OFF Mayor Bill de Blasio blasted the governor’s charter school proposals at a state budget hearing, saying they will cost the city almost $200 million. He also told state lawmakers there is “no need” to raise the charter school cap. Chalkbeat, New York Post

NOT ALONE In the wake of President Trump’s recent immigration orders, New York City schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña and Commissioner Nisha Agarwal of the Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs sent a letter to inform parents of their rights and offer reassurance. “Whether you or your family arrived 100 years or 100 days ago —you are New Yorkers— and we stand with you,” the letter read. Chalkbeat

MAKE ROOM The Department of Education has opened up more pre-K seats on the Upper East Side and in Midtown East. DNAinfo

OUTSIDER In an opinion piece, Eva Moskowitz writes: “Some people complain that President Trump’s nominee for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, would be quite unlike her predecessors. That’s true, but it’s a good thing when you consider the status quo of American education.” New York Post

TESTING Water tests showed elevated lead levels at I.S. 27 on Staten Island. Staten Island Advance 

BY THE NUMBERS State data shows that serious violent incidents in schools are up by almost 6 percent. New York Post 

COURT SIDE A lawsuit claims that students with special needs were blocked from using the gym at a Queens Catholic school. New York Post

BAD DRIVERS Police issued 250 summonses to drivers who blew past school bus stop signs last year. Staten Island Advance