BARRIERS TO ENTRY Attending an open house can help determine whether a student is admitted to certain high schools in New York City. But actually getting to one requires time and knowledge of a complicated set of rules — and the deck is often stacked in favor of families with resources. Chalkbeat

TWEET STORM Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña sent her first official tweet Wednesday, but her fans and critics have been tweeting at her account for years. Chalkbeat

FLOOR SHOW School cleaners took to Facebook to show off their shiniest floors before the official start of the school year. Chalkbeat

BACK TO SCHOOL From changes to the discipline code to the city’s turnaround program for struggling schools, here’s what to expect this year. DNAinfoNew York Daily News, Staten Island Advance

Fariña and de Blasio are kicking off the school year this morning at I.S. 392 in Brownsville. DNAinfo

PARENTCORPS Over the next three years, the city plans to spend $14 million to train preschool workers and families to help the city’s youngest students take turns, verbalize their feelings and get along. Wall Street Journal

POP QUIZ How many pounds of chicken were cooked in cafeterias last year? What proportion of students are served in charter schools? Check your knowledge of New York City school trivia with this handy quiz. DNAinfo

UNIVERSAL PRE-K Take a look inside de Blasio’s effort to make sure every family in New York — even those in the 1 percent — has access to free Pre-K programs. The Atlantic

PARENT COORDINATORS The position looks dramatically different at various schools and ranges from helping families apply for food stamps, to fielding concerns about the complicated high school admissions process. New York Times

TEST CRITIQUE de Blasio repeated his criticism of the admissions process at the city’s elite specialized high schools, saying it relies too heavily on a single test and reduces diversity. New York Daily News

EARLY BIRD Editorial: Traditional district schools are starting two weeks behind their charter counterparts in some cases, which could explain why charter schools may post better results. New York Post

FOOD FIGHT Editorial: Local officials are pandering by calling on the city school system to offer kosher and halal meals. New York Post

SCHOOL SCORECARD Even though de Blasio can point to improvements in the city’s schools since he took office, many of his signature programs are confused and he’s largely punted on coming up with systemic fixes to school segregation, argues education professor David Bloomfield. New York Daily News.

LEAD TESTING New York state is now requiring that all schools test for lead. New York 1

EVALUATION OVERHAUL Opinion: The new federal Every Student Succeeds Act gives New York state a golden opportunity to rethink the way it assesses school performance, argues Michael Petrilli and Brandon Wright of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute. New York Daily News

PC CULTURE One Beacon High School parent argues political correctness and a complacent administration meant that when his daughter was bullied, few took it seriously. New York Daily News

OVERCROWDING FIX A new report from the Citizens Budget Commission claims that the city could better address overcrowding by moving students into schools with empty seats instead of building new ones. New York Post

SPACE CONSTRAINTS P.S. 58 will start the school year with two of its three pre-K classes at an annex location due to space limitations. DNAinfo

NEW SCHOOL Fariña cut the ribbon at the new Dock Street School for STEAM Studies in DUMBO this week. Brooklyn Eagle