ADMISSIONS OVERHAUL After years of often-contentious discussions, the city education department has gained the approval of parent advocates in the Lower East Side and will now proceed with a district-wide diversity plan that overhauls the enrollment system for pre-K and kindergarten in District 1. Chalkbeat, Politico, New York Times, Wall Street Journal

COMPLAINT DEPT. Richard J. Condon, the longtime chief investigator of New York City public schools whose office received a record number of complaints last year, is retiring. New York Times

EDUCATOR ARREST A Bronx teacher with a history of physically punishing students was arrested Thursday after police said he slapped a middle school student in the face. New York Daily News

PLAYGROUND PATROL At 60 city schools, recess coaches provided by the nonprofit Asphalt Green lead structured games that the group says boost student physical activity and cut down on playground fights and bullying. Fox 5 News

SMALL-CITIES FUNDING CASE An appellate court on Thursday sent a school funding case back to state Supreme Court in Albany County, saying they need to look at each of the eight school districts in question separately and decide if they are being underfunded as the plaintiffs allege. Times Union

DEVOS TRACKER U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had breakfast with pro-Trump billionaire Peter Thiel and visited start-ups aimed at reshaping education, according to a detailed schedule of her first months in office. Chalkbeat