Rise & Shine: Here are the education storylines to watch in this legislative session

Good morning! Today is Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State, a speech that allows him to outline his policy agenda for 2018. So far, the governor has proposed two education initiatives, though they do not appear to be a primary focus for Cuomo this session. Still, advocates are watching to figure out whether a whirlwind of state and federal budget uncertainties will temper the governor's desire to support education funding.

Here is what we're watching.

— Monica

ON THE AGENDA Governor Andrew Cuomo will give his annual State of the State address today. We compiled some of the education storylines we will be following. Chalkbeat

EXCELSIOR CUNY Chancellor James B. Milliken credited the Excelsior Scholarship with helping to boost applicant numbers. New York Daily News

COMMISSIONER CHAT Ahead of the State of the State, Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia outlined the budget priorities of the Board of Regents. WAMC

BRONX BLAZE Students and teachers at a school in the Bronx mourned the loss from last week’s deadly fire. New York Post

BITTER COLD Dozens of New York City school buses would not start on Tuesday because of the cold. CBS New York

WHAT HAPPENS IN ALBANY In Albany this year, there is a lot to watch, including budget concerns, future elections, and the potential for Senate leadership to switch in the middle of the session. Wall Street Journal

CHILD VICTIMS ACT Advocates are trying to pressure Cuomo into including the Child Victims Act in his State of the State address, which would extend the amount of time a victim has to bring a case against an abuser. New York Daily News

TEACHER PAY Paying merit-based bonuses for teachers helps raise test scores without making a major dent in teacher morale, according to a new study. Chalkbeat