IMMIGRATION FEARS Since Donald Trump’s election, the federal government has expanded the pool of undocumented immigrants who could be deported — and some immigrant families are already weighing the potential costs of sending their children to school. Chalkbeat

CLOSURE TALK Parents and educators are criticizing the city’s plan to close J.H.S. 145, a Bronx Renewal school — arguing the city has not a adequately supported it despite inclusion in the turnaround program. Chalkbeat

FIREABLE OFFENSE Judges are increasingly letting city educators keep their jobs, even when they’ve been fired for drug- or sex-related offenses. New York Post

LEGAL MATTERS In a rare move, the education department is suing a teacher accused of making anti-semitic and sexist comments and the administrative law judge who ruled against the city. New York Post, New York Daily News

GIFTED AND TALENTED TheBronx and Brooklyn borough presidents are holding public forums this month to discuss equity issues in gifted and talented programs. DNAinfo

And in case you missed it, here’s a map of which neighborhoods have the highest and lowest percentages of students in gifted programs. Chalkbeat

TRANS GUIDANCE In the wake of the federal government rescinding directives aimed at protecting trans students, New York City has updated its own guidelines. New York Daily News

BOND, SCHOOL BOND The Harriet Tubman Charter School in the Bronx is seeking about $40 million in tax-exempt bonds to build a new school so its students won’t be split between two campuses. DNAinfo 

FREE COLLEGE A new scholarship will give 50 low-income families a full ride at Queens College. New York Daily News

UNION DUES Despite being among the largest teacher unions in the country, the UFT and NYSUT have large unmet financial liabilities. The 74

SPACE RACE A new report by the pro-charter group Families for Excellent Schools claims city is not doing enough to find public space for charter schools. New York Daily News

TEACHER TRAINING More students with disabilities are learning in mainstream classrooms, but their general education teachers may not have much special education training. The Hechinger Report

FUNDING FIGHT Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s latest budget tweaks the way school funding is distributed, but critics say it still falls short of requirements under a school funding lawsuit. Wall Street Journal