ESSA EXPERT Chalkbeat sits down with education researcher Linda Darling-Hammond, who is advising the state on how to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Chalkbeat

GIFTED MAP Which districts have the highest percentages of students enrolled in gifted education? Here’s a map that lays it out. Chalkbeat

TASK FORCE The Bronx and Brooklyn borough presidents launched a “gifted and talented education task force” to help boost access to the programs. Amsterdam News

CENTRAL STAFF Under Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed budget, the Department of Education would spend roughly 70 percent more on its headquarters staff than it did under Mayor Bloomberg. NY1

CRITIQUING DEVOS The cofounder of a local charter school umbrella group posted an essay Thursday condemning Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s nominee for education secretary. New York Daily News

FUNDING FIGHT Governor Cuomo’s proposed budget made it clear that he does not support the full phase-in of foundation aid as envisioned by a landmark lawsuit. WNYC, Chalkbeat (Jan. 20)

SCHOOL SUPPORT Plans for a new elementary school in Sunset Park, Brooklyn got strong support from community members at a local hearing. Patch

BULLIED BOY A lawsuit alleges that an 8-year-old student who was bullied at the Michael J. Petrides School on Staten Island suffered head injuries as a result. Staten Island Advance

DAILY DEVOS Betsy DeVos is expected to be confirmed next week, but senators have been flooded with calls, emails and letters against her. That and other stories in today’s roundup. Chalkbeat

MORE MATH A new study found that when high schools require more math classes, black students earn more down the road. The Atlantic