SAFETY STATS Last year was the safest on record for city schools, announced police Commissioner William Bratton at a joint press conference with schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña. The NYPD has tracked major crimes in schools since 1998. New York TimesNew York Daily NewsDNAinfo, Wall Street Journal, NY1, CBS Local

While serious crime in schools has dropped significantly over the past five years, race-based disparities and heavy-handed police tactics persist. Chalkbeat

STEPPING DOWN Melodie Mashel, superintendent of District 10 in the Bronx, resigned amid allegations that she aided an effort to keep black and Hispanic students out of a Riverdale elementary school. New York Daily News

HEAD OF THE CLASS Lauren Bakian Aaker, a fourth-grade teacher at P.S. 110 in Manhattan, explains how she engages her students and why she throws dance parties when their attention wanes. Chalkbeat

BIG WIN Brooklyn Laboratory Charter School won a $10 million grant from the XQ Institute to help open an innovative new high school, part of a $100 million initiative backed by Laurene Powell Jobs. Chalkbeat

REZONING REVISION The city proposed a new alternative in the Upper West Side rezoning debate, which would allow P.S. 452 to remain in its current location. DNAinfo

PIZZA PROBLEMS Staffers at a Manhattan school discovered mold in the pizza served to students for lunch — and it’s not the first time it’s happened. City Limits

GREAT GIGS Students from CUNY will be offered paid internships at several local institutions, including the New York Botanical Garden and Brooklyn Academy of Music. New York Daily News

SLOW DOWN The New York Police Department will crack down on speeding and other traffic violations next week as part of a back-to-school effort to improve safety around schools. DNAinfo

BELOW AVERAGE Several Staten Island elementary schools fell below the citywide and borough averages in state math and reading scores. Staten Island Advance

POSITIVE SPIN Bronx public school teacher Jade Greene-Grant won nearly $100,000 on “Wheel of Fortune.” New York Post

TACKLING TENURE New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called for changes to his state’s tenure law and school funding formula to address concerns about struggling schools. Wall Street Journal