WELCOME BACK On the first day of school, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Chancellor Carmen Fariña went on a five-borough tour to showcase their education initiatives, including pre-K for 3-year-olds and Renewal. Chalkbeat, NY 1, New York Daily NewsNew York Post, CBS New YorkWNYCPix 11

The tour included a stop on Staten Island to visit an AP Computer Science class. Staten Island Advance

Here’s what the first day of school looked like in photos. New York Times

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM To ring in the new school year, Board of Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa visited P.S. 55 in the Bronx, a school that showcases her philosophy that students need to have their social and emotional needs met before they can learn. Chalkbeat

STILL DREAMING Some educators prepared for what the end of DACA could mean for their students and school communities. Chalkbeat

After a summer internship with Breakthrough New York, a DACA recipient wants to become a science teacher in the South Bronx. Think Progress

TRAFFIC JAM With students back in school, Staten Island residents should brace for more traffic. Staten Island Advance

WHAT TO EXPECT Community schools, air conditioners and a new District 75 school are all in the cards for Staten Island this academic year. Staten Island Advance

POOL PROBLEMS Marc Sternberg, the director of K-12 education for the Walton Family Foundation and a former Bronx principal, says it’s “hard to imagine” worse news than the city’s plan to place teachers from the Absent Teacher Reserve into classroom vacancies. New York Times

LEARNING THE LANGUAGE Parents who have pushed for a French dual-language school in Long Island City are opening their own. DNAinfo

DODGED A BULLET Police say a high school student brought a gun to his Brooklyn school. New York Daily NewsNew York Post

WAITING GAME Mayor Bill de Blasio hasn’t committed to a timeline for an investigation into yeshivas. Politico

Two years after promising an investigation into 39 of the religious schools, the education department has visited only six. Wall Street Journal, New York Post

PLAYING POLITICS Opinion: The education department’s stalled investigation into yeshivas is “plainly politically motivated.” New York Post

TEACHER CERTIFICATION Nina Rees, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, argues that charter schools should be able to certify their own teachers. New York Daily News

OUT TO LUNCH Opinion: New York City’s move to provide free lunch to all students sets “an important national example.” New York Times