LEGAL SHOWDOWN The city and state teacher unions filed a lawsuit Thursday claiming SUNY overstepped its authority when it approved new teacher certification requirements for charter schools. ChalkbeatNew York Daily News, New York Times

3-K FOR ALL New York City will expand its pre-K program for 3-year-olds to East Harlem and eastern Queens in the 2018-19 school year, with plans to launch in other districts through 2021. ChalkbeatDNAinfoNY 1Staten Island AdvanceNew York Post

The ATR Schools chancellor Carmen Fariña said the city will not place teachers from the controversial Absent Teacher Reserve in Renewal schools. Chalkbeat

StudentsFirstNY staged a protest against the city’s plans to place teachers from the reserve into schools with vacancies. New York Daily NewsNew York Post

FEW OPTIONS A new report by Families for Excellent schools finds there are only five high-performing middle schools where a majority of students are non-white. New York Post

Opinion: The city should approve space requests for new charter middle schools to provide students better options. New York Post

MYSPACE Success Academy parents rallied at City Hall on Thursday, calling on the city to approve space for new middle schools. An education department spokeswoman said the space would not be approved in November, as the charter network had hoped. New York Times

BUILDING BOOM The city is planning to build two elementary schools in Hunters Point South to help relieve overcrowding in the Queens neighborhood. DNAinfo

TOY GUN A Harlem student is accused of having an imitation gun in school. New York Daily News

RIP The funeral for Matthew McCree, who was stabbed to death in his Bronx high school, is this weekend. Amsterdam News