EXCELSIOR RULES The state allowed for some wiggle room in its “Excelsior” scholarship requirements, according to regulations approved Thursday. Chalkbeat, NY1, Inside Higher Ed, Albany Times Union

STUDENTS SAY Students planned a rally on Saturday afternoon to demand a say in the city’s integration plans. Chalkbeat

READING CHALLENGE An 8-year-old student displays the challenge Mayor Bill de Blasio faces as he tries to help every city student read on grade level. Wall Street Journal

COMPUTER SCIENCE FOR ALL Queens College will have a program that trains teachers to teach computer science. New York Daily News

PARKING SPOTS The city’s new parking placards for school staff may lead some to bend the rules. New York Times

SUCCESS SCHOOLS How did Success Academy became a favorite among conservatives like Paul Ryan? Politico

PERSONAL TOUCH The nation’s largest school district is trying to personalize learning for every teacher. EdSurge

PAINTING PROJECT Students in the Bronx will paint a mural designed by Carmen Herrera. New York Times

BULLYING A high school student was locked in a freezer and taunted, according to a lawsuit. New York Post

AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM An after-school program put a child into a hole in a closet ceiling, according to his mother. New York Post

CUSTODIAL SERVICES Custodial servies in schools are still problematic, according to a Families for Excellent Schools report. New York Post

HOMETOWN HEROES The Daily News is launching its annual competition to honor excellent teaches and school staffers. New York Daily News