RED TAPE Career and technical training can lead students to high-demand jobs right out of school. But starting a certified program means navigating lots of red tape and waiting for years. Chalkbeat

WHAT’S THE POINT? Americans don’t agree on the purpose getting an education, according to an annual poll. They overwhelmingly agree, however, that struggling schools should not be closed. Chalkbeat

REUNION A researcher visits Global Technology Preparatory in East Harlem to see how the Bloomberg-era area school has fared, and finds many students have made it to college. Gotham Gazette

MAKING THE GRADE Sean “Diddy” Combs opened a charter school in East Harlem, the neighborhood where the hip-hop star was born. NY1

GOING DOWN Staten Island fifth-graders do mostly well on state math and reading tests, but scores drop in eighth grade. Staten Island Advance

PROSE PROBLEMS Opinion: Allowing unions to oversee PROSE schools — and allowing different graduation requirements — make the program a “flop.” New York Post

INNOVATOR Daniel Z. Nelson, a former New York City housing official who struck innovative deals with private developers to build classrooms in high-rises, has died at age 86. New York Times

DIVERSITY Foreign student enrollment is down 20 percent at CUNY, so the university has made recruitment a new priority. Politico

WATCH THE CLOCK How much time should American students spend in the classroom? A panel of experts weighs in. The Atlantic

SCREEN TIME Watching “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” can help preschool students learn social skills — but there’s a catch, according to a recent study. New York Post