MAKING PLANS Today, New York City officials are expected to release a plan for improving school diversity. Among the details shared in advance with Chalkbeat: Privately run pre-K centers will be allowed to reserve seats for students who are low-income or meet other criteria, and middle schools can choose to enroll students borough-wide. Chalkbeat

The education department also plans to expand testing for elite specialized high schools during the school day for students in underrepresented areas, even though similar moves have largely failed to move the needle when it comes to how many black and Hispanic students are accepted. New York Daily News

Another element of the plan calls for the creation of an advisory group that will focus on “community collaboration,” and release a set of non-binding recommendations. Advocates have called for “robust public involvement” in crafting the city’s integration plans. WNYC

In an open letter explaining the plan, schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña says, “We believe that we will only achieve our vision of serving every child – including those historically left behind – with more diverse and inclusive classrooms.” Among the proposals she outlines: changes to the high school admissions process. The Washington Post

NEW EVIDENCE New York City officials recently announced an expansion of the community schools model, which floods schools with social services. A new review of 125 studies on the approach concludes that community schools helped improve student outcomes. Chalkbeat

GYM SPACE The city has announced an effort to equip all schools with space for physical education classes by 2021. Chalkbeat, DNAinfo, NY1,, Crains New York, New York Post

Among the schools are a handful on Staten Island. Staten Island Advance

ASK ME ANOTHER After giving a non-answer during her confirmation hearing, Betsy DeVos was given another chance to answer a question about measuring student growth versus proficiency. When asked by a radio show host, the education secretary said the debate was outdated and pivoted to talking about mastery-based learning. Chalkbeat

SUMMER READS Elected officials and Uncommon Schools teamed up to get students reading over summer break. Kings County Politics

TOUGH TALK A string of proposed bills filed by Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan include extensions of mayoral control — but provisions regarding education tax credits and charter schools make them a “non-starter” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. New York Daily News, New York Post 

Opinion: The fight over mayoral control is “politics at its absolute worst,” as Mayor Bill de Blasio has said. New York Daily News

HELP NEEDED The New York City Police Department on Staten Island is asking for donations of school supplies to distribute to local students. Staten Island Advance