YES AND NO The state Board of Regents on Monday approved five new charter schools for New York City, but rejected two other proposed charters — the first time the board has shot down new charters, which the state education department had already signed off on. Chalkbeat

BUDGET PREVIEW Here are four things to know about how the Requests are hoping to spend billions in state education funding next year, even as a large deficit looms. Chalkbeat

A FOR EFFORT Parent involvement in city schools improved last year, with more parents attending teacher conferences, workshops, and meetings at schools. New York Daily News

SIDE EFFECT A number of private and independent colleges in New York saw declines in enrollment this year, which a report attributes to a new state scholarship program that offers free tuition at public colleges to thousands of students. Politico

STEEP CLIMB A program aimed at getting more men of color to teach in New York City schools faces recruitment and retention challenges. WNYC

ACTION ITEMS Opinion: Errol Louis says New Yorkers should push Mayor Bill de Blasio on issues that he’s been reluctant to address, including the lack of secular education in the city’s yeshivas and widespread segregation in the city’s public schools. New York Daily News

SUGGESTION BOX Opinion: In addition to tackling school segregation, de Blasio should also pursue more research-based strategies and help students with special needs transition from preschool to kindergarten. The 74

ANTI-ADMISSIONS REFORM Opinion: A parent at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School, a grades 6-12 school in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, argues that the city should not tamper with the school’s selective admissions policy, which she says is the key to its success. New York Daily News, Chalkbeat (Oct. 25)

FOLLOW THE MONEY Wealthy charter school backers have directed most of their money to a select number of states, including New York, where charter schools are better at raising test scores, according to a new study. Chalkbeat