Rise & Shine: De Blasio unveils plan to improve SESIS and alleviate overcrowding

BUDGET TALK The mayor’s proposed budget includes a number of education initiatives, including funding for a system for tracking services for special needs students, more school seats, better internet access and summer programs. Chalkbeat, NY1

It also excluded about $10 million in funding to support homeless students, though de Blasio signaled that he plans to restore it. Politico New York

DAILY DEVOS In today’s DeVos roundup, Senator Lamar Alexander urges his colleagues to confirm DeVos and a Carnegie Mellon professor wonders whether DeVos’s backing of Neurocore, which hasn’t published evidence about the efficacy of its treatments for ADHD and other conditions, spells trouble for education research. Chalkbeat

COLLEGE QUESTIONS Lawmakers and advocates are growing concerned that the governor’s free tuition proposal will not cover as many students as advertised and that it will hurt private colleges. New York Times, CNN

FUNDING FIGHT Opinion: When it comes to education spending in Albany, Governor Cuomo is being held to a “made-up target,” writes Paul Francis, the deputy secretary for health and human services under Governor Cuomo. New York Daily News

UNCERTAIN FUTURE Undocumented college students face an uncertain road ahead with a new administration in Washington. New York Times

WRONG PERSON A woman is suing a Manhattan elementary school after a teacher sent a kindergartener home with a stranger. New York Daily News, New York Post

HELP The principal of a Manhattan high school pressured teachers to take self-help courses, according to a lawsuit. New York Post

READY FOR COLLEGE? Editorial: Rising graduation rates mean little if students are not ready for college or career. New York Post