DAVID AND GOLIATH Tahseen Chowdhury isn’t old enough to vote, but the 16-year-old student at Stuyvesant High School is running for state Senate on a platform that includes diversifying the city’s schools and boosting student voices. Chalkbeat

PRE-K DEBATE One of the most prominent academic critics of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pre-K initiatives is warming up to the expansion after new research suggests early childhood programs don’t just benefit low-income families. Politico New York

SUPPLY AND DEMAND There are relatively few charter schools in the Bronx and Queens compared with demand for seats, according to a report from the New York Center for Charter Schools. New York Post

BIG SPENDERS The state teachers union topped the list of biggest donors in state elections last year, but unions were collectively outspend by wealthy individuals donating to independent committees that support proposals like the expansion of charter schools or the creation of an education tax credit. Politico New York

FREE LUNCH A new bill introduced in the state legislature aims to ensure all eligible students are signed up for free or reduced-cost meals. Associated Press

BAILED OUT An assistant coach at Tottenville High School was released on bail after allegedly selling heroin to an undercover cop. Staten Island Advance

MAYORAL CONTROL Opinion: State assemblymen Michael Benedetto and Rodneyse Bichotte argue de Blasio has earned a multi-year extension of mayoral control of the city’s schools. City & State