FIRST STEPS The education department hopes to promote diversity in middle schools across an entire Brooklyn district, which would be one of the most far-reaching integration efforts under Mayor Bill de Blasio to date. But even in its infancy, the process isn’t without friction. Chalkbeat

MEATLESS MONDAY Starting next spring, 15 Brooklyn schools will begin “meatless Mondays” — an effort to make school lunches and breakfasts a little healthier and friendlier to the environment. Chalkbeat, New York Daily News, CBS New York, PIX11, New York Post

RENEWAL RESEARCH Opinion: New York City should have randomly assigned schools to the Renewal turnaround program so policymakers could better understand whether it’s working, argues the Manhattan Institute’s Marcus Winters. The 74

LEGAL MATTER The family of a teenager who was stabbed to death inside a Bronx school plans to file a $25 million lawsuit against the education department and NYPD. New York Daily News

HELPING HAND Opinion: Charter schools could do more to help students with disabilities be successful learners, even without sacrificing rigor, argues Noah Mackert, an adviser to Democracy Prep Public Schools. The 74

READING RAINBOW Eighth grade students from Staten Island’s I.S. 27 spent Monday morning reading and coloring with third-graders at P.S. 35. Staten Island Advance

HELP WANTED The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is seeking ideas about how school “networks” spend their money and what’s already worked for them. Chalkbeat