BOOKS VS. FOOD Over 40 percent of college students report skipping meals to pay for books or other expenses, according to a recently released survey of KIPP alumni. Chalkbeat

SNOW DAY While most schools across the city enjoyed a snow day yesterday, Success Academy did not cancel classes. It’s a decision that didn’t sit well with some parents and teachers. Chalkbeat, Gothamist, New York Daily News

WELCOME BACK We hope you enjoyed the day off because schools are back open today. Patch, CBS, Newsday

LEAD TEST Lead levels in the water at an elementary school in Inwood were up to 450 times the federal limit. DNAinfo 

PROCEED WITH CAUTION Mayor Bill de Blasio said he makes the decision to close schools “very carefully.” Staten Island Advance

MODEL PROGRAM Though the city’s “Renewal” program for struggling schools has been criticized in New York City, leaders across the state are turning to it as a potential model. Politico New York

BIG BUCKS Retired New York City teachers received average annual pensions of as much as $87,945, according to a report by the Empire Center for Public Policy. New York Daily News 

MORE DIPLOMAS State Senator Todd Kaminsky convened a panel of politicians and policymakers to discuss expanding graduation options. Patch

NEW SCHOOL The public will have a chance to weigh in on a proposed new charter school in Staten Island that would serve students with dyslexia. DNAinfo

INTEGRATION CONVERSATION Opinion: Research says that integration helps those in poverty, but it may face an uphill battle in the Trump era. New York Times

BLAST FROM THE PAST Founded in 1787, the New York African Free School foreshadowed some of the problems that students of color face today. New York Daily News

CLOSE FRIENDS Opinion: Mayor Bill de Blasio’s relationship with the UFT is a “betrayal” of children in public school. New York Post

EDUCATION NOT DEPORTATION A student march in protest of Trump’s executive orders coincided with the confirmation of U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The New Yorker, Chalkbeat (Feb. 7)

TEACHER WARS A Brooklyn teacher who accused his school of grade-fixing, which was later found to be a meritless claim, is trying to keep his job. New York Post