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FUTURE TEACHERS Students at New Dorp High School on Staten Island are catching the teaching bug, thanks to an innovative program at their school. Chalkbeat

UNION HEAD For the first time, the New York State United Teachers union will be led by a New York City educator, Andrew Pallotta. Chalkbeat

STRINGS ATTACHED New York’s free college tuition plan has been hailed as a breakthrough, but experts say its post-graduation residency requirement and other rules will limit the population it serves. New York TimesNewsdayMarketWatch, New York PostChalkbeat (April 10)

Opinion: The new reforms need to be made “more inclusive, less penalizing, and more accessible to disadvantaged students,” says Kevin Stump, Northeast director of Young Invincibles, an advocacy group. Gotham Gazette

CHARTER FUNDING Opinion: The state budget has been hailed as a “modest win” for charter schools, but it still doesn’t close the gap between district and charter school funding. New York Post

Success Academy CEO Eva Moskowitz says the budget contains some gains for the charter sector but also “perpetuates fundamental inequities.” New York Post

BUDGET DETAILS Ten key takeaways for New York City from the state budget deal, including its impact on schools. Gotham Gazette 

SUSPENSION FIGHT A Brooklyn mother says her 7-year-old son, who has special needs, was unfairly suspended for 45 days from Success Academy Prospect Heights after allegedly attacking an assistant principal. New York Daily News

Opinion: The suspension may have violated the child’s due process rights, writes education professor David Bloomfield. New York Daily News

Opinion: Students cannot learn in chaotic classrooms and suspensions are a necessary tool, says Seth Barron, associate editor of City Journal. New York Daily News

LITERACY TEST Opinion: There are better ways to ensure a high-quality teacher workforce than the newly abolished Academic Literacy Skills Test, writes Daniel Weinberg, CEO of TNTP, a national education nonprofit. New York Daily News

GIFTED RULES The city has delayed a proposed rule switch that would have required students enrolled in gifted elementary school programs in Queens to reapply for the program before middle school. DNAinfo

CURSIVE WRITING Opinion: Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña explains why students should still learn cursive writing. Staten Island Advance

SPECIAL ED VOUCHERS Parents in several states who use private school vouchers for special education may sacrifice protections for their children. New York Times

BUYING ADMISSION Opinion: Former New York City schools Chancellor Harold Levy says colleges shouldn’t bend admissions rules for students whose parents make hefty donations. Washington Post

ROLE MODELS A new study found that having one black teacher in third, fourth or fifth grade reduces the chance of a black student later dropping out of school. NPR